Automotive Engineering

How the Third-Gen VW Touareg Was Introduced Today

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2018 at 8:22 AM

When you think “Volkswagen,” you undoubtedly think “Germany.” It is clearly the quintessential German vehicle manufacturer, offering a broad range of vehicles ranging from the iconic Beetle to a full-size SUV like the Touareg.

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Automotive Engineering

BMW and Toyota and FMCW Lidar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2018 at 6:20 AM

This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.

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Automotive Electronics

Ford Amps Up Fusion for 2019

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2018 at 3:18 PM

In 2017, according to its own figures, Ford sold 209,623 Fusions in the U.S.

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VW to Switch from Coal to Gas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Consider the annual carbon dioxide emissions from 870,000 vehicles.

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Automotive Engineering

Mazda and Partners Developing a New Battery

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 19, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Mazda engineers have been working hard through their SKYACTIV Technology initiatives to develop vehicular systems and components that are so efficient that it is possible to achieve the kinds of fuel efficiency (and consequent reduced emissions) necessary to meet regulations without full electrification.

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Automotive Engineering

Polestar: 7,000 Deposits and Counting

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2018 at 6:24 AM

One of the things that is phenomenal about Tesla is the fact that the company has managed to get hundreds of thousands of people to put deposits on vehicles that they will take delivery of at some point in the future.

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Automotive Design

Range Rover Sport SVR Sets Low(ish) Speed Record

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2018 at 6:38 AM

This is an interesting record: a Range Rover Sport SVR, which can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph, was recently driven by Ho-Pin Tung, a Chinese-Dutch driver for the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team, on a road in the Hunan Province in China, and set a new record of an average speed of 42.8 mph.

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Automotive Engineering

Remember the Cardin Javelin?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2018 at 7:22 AM

Back in the early 1970s you could get a Pierre Cardin edition of an AMC Javelin.

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Automotive Engineering

All About Achates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2018 at 7:51 AM

David Johnson, president and CEO of Achates Power, knows that opposed-piston (OP) engines aren’t exactly new things.

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Automotive Design

We Can’t Unwatch this McLaren

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 09, 2018 at 6:25 AM

While we generally can’t say enough (which brings us close to saying much, much too much) about McLaren Automotive design and its exquisite use of materials, this week the company launched a product that is something we wish we didn’t see: That’s the RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph, which the company debuted at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show.

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Automotive LIghtweighting

Vorsprung durch Technik & Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2018 at 6:19 AM

Audi, not all that long ago, was pushing the utilization of aluminum in a massive way, pioneering the ways and means to deploy the light material in structural and closure applications.

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Automotive Electronics

2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 07, 2018 at 6:07 AM

The Kia Stinger was a finalist for the 2018 North American International Car of the Year Awards.

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