Automotive Powertrain

Really Fast VW Jetta

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 27, 2018 at 6:51 AM

People like cars that go fast—really fast, as in setting land speed records, as a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta did at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe class (no, we didn’t know there was such a thing, either), 210.16 mph, besting the previous record of 208.472 mph.

Read More

Automotive Electronics

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

Read More

Automotive Production

Bob Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 24, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

Read More

Audi and Autonomy Study

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 21, 2018 at 6:05 AM

If 40 percent is the number of autonomous vehicles that need to be out there for noticeable improvement, a whole lot more companies are going to have to be doing what Audi is.

Read More

Automotive Electronics

VW Big on the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 20, 2018 at 6:08 AM

By 2022, according to Volkswagen Group, the company will have spent some 34-billion euro on developing capabilities and products for the future of transportation—which surely indicates that the future is only a few years from now.

Read More

Automotive Design

The Return of J Mays

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2018 at 1:12 PM

One of the biggest criticisms that is levied against the styling of vehicles is that they “look like an appliance.” The appliance in question, of course, is in what is known as the “white goods” category, as in the classic white enameled refrigerator, washer, dryer, or other such product that is now difficult to find in white.

Read More

HERE and Time to Drive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 18, 2018 at 6:41 AM

One of the jobs that may be eliminated in the not-too-distant future is that of providing traffic reports on the radio on the 8s.

Read More

Automotive Management

Inside Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 17, 2018 at 7:41 AM

On this edition of “Autoline After Hours” Joann Muller, Detroit bureau chief for Forbes, provides insights into what she’s learned about Ford, insights that are amplified on the show by our other panelists, Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst at IHS Markit who specializes in the auto industry, and Todd Lassa, Detroit Bureau Chief for Automobile.

Read More

Sponsored Content

Potential Savings with an Automated Turning Cell Add Up: Case in Point

September 13, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Aside from reducing labor and need for extra fixturing, automated turning provides several opportunities for saving time and money. Here’s how.

Read More

Automotive Design

Ford Building in Detroit—Not Just a Structure but a Community

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 13, 2018 at 9:06 AM

The Michigan Central Station in Detroit that Ford is transforming from an abandoned Beaux Arts shambles into the place from which its mobility future will be largely defined and created has been vacant since 1988, 500,000-square feet of something that has been used by film makers in need of striking ruins, used by graffiti artists and scribblers because it was there.

Read More

Automotive Production

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

Read More

Automotive Production

VW, HP, GKN and 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 11, 2018 at 7:39 AM

“A complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly,” according to Dr. Martin Goede, head of Technology and Planning and Development, Volkswagen.

Read More