Automotive Design

Toyota Performs Kaizen for Hydrogen-Powered Big Rig

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2018 at 5:53 PM

Most of the time, unless you work at Toyota you don’t have the opportunity to see its vaunted kaizen in action.

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Automotive Engineering

Kondo Method for Car Packing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2018 at 7:39 AM

Although the KonMari Method created by Marie Kondo has become phenomenally successful and equally useful, odds are it show up more in the context of dresser drawers and cabinets and closets than it does elsewhere.

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Automotive Production

Lighten Up: Altair’s Enlighten Award Presented

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Although Altair is a company that provides advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) software and high-performance computing applications, it has a particular interest in innovative automotive lightweighting, which has led the company, for the past six years, to provide the Altair Enlighten Awards to OEMs and suppliers that have come out with products that show notable achievements in weight savings.

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Automotive Electronics

Hot Rods Meet ADAS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 6:37 AM

According to a research study by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, that included input from Ducker Worldwide and the Center for Automotive Research, the electronic content in a new vehicle is greater than 40 percent and the gross margins on some of this content is as high as 60 percent.

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Automotive Design

Chiron: Not 186,000 mps, but. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Although we’ve never had the opportunity to drive one, reportedly the top speed of a Bugatti Chiron is 236 mph in normal mode and goes to 261 mph in Top Speed mode.

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Automotive Materials

VW I.D. R & 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 26, 2018 at 6:52 AM

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car didn’t set the record for just electric vehicles. It set the record, period.

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Automotive Design

Sergio Marchionne: Character Matters

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 25, 2018 at 8:49 AM

Sergio Marchionne knew that it was important to be distinctive in the market. There were (and are) plenty of automotive companies putting out least common denominator products. Clearly, that wasn’t going to be the way that FCA would succeed.

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Sponsored Content

A Faster Way to Prototype Parts for Automotive

July 25, 2018 at 12:30 AM

When replacing steel parts with magnesium, plastics or other lightweight materials, it’s critical to get functional prototypes into test quickly. Here are top options that lend themselves to quick-turn, fully functional prototypes.

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Automotive Engineering

When Major Suppliers Are There It Is Real

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 24, 2018 at 6:25 AM

BASF’s Coatings division to supply the surface-pretreatment and waterborne coatings for the NIO ES8, a seven-passenger electric SUV.

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Automotive Design

The Genovation GXE: >220 mph and Street Legal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 23, 2018 at 6:26 AM

A 2019 Corvette Grand Sport has a starting price on the order of $66,950. The Genovation GXE, which is predicated on the Corvette Grand Sport, will set you back some $750,000.

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Groupe Renault Globally

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 20, 2018 at 6:16 AM

A compelling reason why a major automaker has to have a global footprint can be discerned in the results for the first half of 2018 achieved by Groupe Renault.

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Sponsored Content

Switching to Automated Turning: A Cost Analysis

July 19, 2018 at 8:39 AM

It may seem like buying a cheaper standalone machine tool saves money, but when it comes to high-volume turned parts, automated solutions can be substantially less expensive overall. Here’s the math.

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