Automotive Design

Miata for the Holidays

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Just in time for Christmas, Mazda has announced that the 2018 MX-5 (a.k.a., Miata) soft top (a.k.a., convertible) is now available with a Dark Cherry roof, which, while not exactly the hue of a candy cane, is at least closer to Santa than the other new top color, which is Black, although that does have some resonance with the coal that Santa is providing to those who were naughty in 2017, which, arguably means that Santa is going to be single-handedly bringing back the coal industry.

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Automotive Powertrain

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

December 20, 2017 at 6:31 AM

The Acura TLX launched in 2014 as a 2015 model, the successor to the TL.

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Automotive Electronics

Autonomous Driving Where It Is Really Wintery

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 19, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Last week, the American Center for Mobility—a test facility for automated driving located on 500 acres in Ypsilanti Twsp., Michigan, that includes a 2.5-mile highway loop, a 700-foot curved tunnel, two double overpasses, intersections and roundabouts—opened, with Visteon Corp. being the first company to conduct testing.

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Automotive Production

Aston Martin, James Bond & A Lot About True Luxury

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 18, 2017 at 6:05 AM

If someone said to you: “Quick, name me three luxury car brands,” you would probably answer something like, “BMW, Lexus and Cadillac” or “Mercedes, Infiniti and Lincoln.” And if you were to ask Simon Sproule to name three, none of those six would make the list.

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Automotive Electronics

Conti Goes Keyless

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 15, 2017 at 6:15 AM

“In the evolving world of shared mobility, smartphones are fast becoming the gateway to on-demand services.” That’s Ralf Lenninger, head of intelligent transportation systems business unit, Continental.

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Automotive Electronics

Will China Lead in EVs?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 14, 2017 at 6:25 AM

“China is at the forefront of the automotive transformation due to its large and growing car market.

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Automotive Design

Volvo in Tokyo

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2017 at 6:15 AM

Here is one of the signs that the car business is more international than some politicians might imagine: The 2018 Japan Car of the Year is the Volvo XC60.

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Automotive Interiors

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM

No matter how you look at it, a minivan is a family vehicle.

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Automotive Interiors

2018 Ford Mustang: Need We Say More?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2017 at 6:23 AM

The “refresh” of the 2018 Mustang is like getting doused with a bucket of ice-cold water in the Sahara: it is nothing if not absolutely bracing.

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Seniors, Pollution and Exercise

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 08, 2017 at 6:26 AM

People who are opposed to stricter emissions regulations, especially those who are over 60, may be interested in learning about a research study led by the Imperial College London and Duke University, funded by the British Heart Foundation—even healthy +60 people.

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Automotive Supply Side

A Note About Wrangler Tires

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 07, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Since conducting the interviews for the Jeep Wrangler (here), we’ve learned that the tires offered on the Wrangler are Goodyear. . .Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar.

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SEAT Goes Vertical

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 06, 2017 at 6:04 AM

The SEAT Martorell plant in Spain is the company’s primary assembly facility, as it the vehicles it produces there are the SEAT Ibiza, Leon SC, Leon 5P, Leon ST, Leon Cupra ST, Leon Cupra SC, and Arona.

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