Bentley Looking for Apprentices

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 8:33 AM

It is always encouraging to learn about the efforts of OEMs and suppliers that are running apprenticeship programs to help train the future of the industry.

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Automotive Engineering

2019 Kia K900

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 7:44 AM

In the luxury vehicle space, the use of nouns, by and large, has been replaced by alphanumerics.

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Automotive Powertrain

What Is the Future of Powertrains?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 11, 2019 at 6:59 AM

There were massive reverberations late last year when it was reported that Volkswagen plans to develop no new internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms after 2026.

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Automotive Engineering

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Continues in a Limited Manner (& More)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2019 at 10:51 AM

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a carbon fiber monocoque and an aluminum chassis, which contribute to a 10.4 power-to-weight ratio, meaning that its all-aluminum, 237-hp direct injected turbocharged engine doesn't’t have a heck of a lot of mass to move (curb weight: 2,487 pounds), so there is a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, which is rather attention grabbing should you be one of the two occupants, as the overall length of the car is just 157 inches, or about the distance traveled for an average-sized person taking five steps.

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Automotive Electronics

Ready Driver One

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2019 at 6:38 AM

Researchers at the U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) are undertaking an investigation to determine whether it is possible to utilize “instantaneous crowdsourcing” which could be used in autonomous vehicles to deal with the edge cases that might be encountered.

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Automotive Engineering

Ford and Yakima: What This Means

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Until model year 2010 Ford offered the Bronco, Explorer, Expedition, and Excursion vehicles with an Eddie Bauer trim package. But that’s so early 21st century.*

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Automotive Engineering

Ram 1500 Engages the Tailgate Battle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2019 at 9:02 AM

The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup was named the North American Truck of the Year by the NACTOY jury.

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Automotive Interiors

2019 Lexus UX F SPORT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2019 at 6:58 AM

If you write something with a program like Word you have the opportunity of having it check your document for spelling errors and allow you to fix them if they really are erroneous (it always wants to change CAFE into something that has to do with dining rather than fuel efficiency metrics, so be careful), as well as provide you with advice vis-à-vis your grammar.

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Automotive Design

What’s in a Name?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2019 at 2:52 PM

When does a vehicle name have too many words?

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Automotive Materials

2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2019 at 8:44 AM

One of the objectives of the development team for the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer is to provide a quiet cabin.

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Automotive Materials

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:45 AM

The Detroit Free Press is a morning newspaper.

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Automotive Management

Ed Welburn on Automotive Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:12 AM

To say that Ed Welburn  had (and continues to have) a remarkable career in design is like saying that the Polar Vortex that many of us in the Midwest experienced last week was chilly.

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