Automotive Powertrain

ZF Gets Big Orders for Innovative Transmission

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

This eight-speed was designed from the start with electrification in mind

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The First Half in the U.K.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 10, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Not even the language is the same between the U.S. and the U.K.

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Automotive Engineering

McLaren and the Fine Print

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 09, 2019 at 6:33 AM

Some of the stats about the McLaren GT are rather gobsmacking.

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Automotive Production

A Bit About Bugatti

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 08, 2019 at 1:14 PM

They don’t manufacture Bugattis. It is more about craftsmanship.

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Automotive Design

About the Audi R8 LMS GT2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 05, 2019 at 9:30 AM

For weekend racers who are exceedingly serious, Audi has a new R8 variant

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Automotive Design

MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop Knights Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 05, 2019 at 6:00 AM

A special edition of what is arguably a special car because this is a vehicle for people who like to drive and it seems most people now just like to carry stuff in their vehicles and the driving is but a means to an end.

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Digital Domain

Waymo and CAE

July 04, 2019 at 9:05 AM

In its effort to transform mobility, Waymo is racking up lots of miles—most of them simulated.

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Automotive LIghtweighting

Plastics and the Environment

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2019 at 2:25 PM

A materials processor acknowledges it is important to contribute to the circular economy.

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Crash Tests in Europe and the Tesla Model 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2019 at 8:34 AM

The Euro NCAP tests on the Tesla Model 3 ought to give Elon something to Tweet about

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Automotive Powertrain

The Unstately (But Remarkable) Performance of Bentley

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 01, 2019 at 8:41 AM

Who knew that a Bentley could be so brisk—and bold?

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Automotive Powertrain

The Globe from the Powertrain Perspective

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 01, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Although there are some who think that the internal combustion engine (ICE) is doomed, that it is gasping its last intake sequence and will soon be completely exhausted, James Martin, Senior Research Analyst, Powertrain and Compliance, IHS Markit, is not one of them.

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MONET Gains More Traction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2019 at 9:03 AM

MONET Technologies was established last February as a joint venture between SoftBank and Toyota to address three business domains: (1) on-demand mobility services; (2) data-analysis services; (3) autonomous vehicle mobility services (which they’re calling “Autono-MaaS,” with the “MaaS” being “Mobility as a Service”). These undertakings align well with the two companies, as SoftBank is a telecom and tech company (and an investor in a multitude of advanced tech companies) and Toyota, of course, builds mobility devices (a.k.a,, vehicles). (Image: MONET) If there is one thing that is certain about creating autonomous, connected, shared services and vehicles it is that the undertaking is staggeringly expensive.

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