Automotive Body

Car Colours in the U.K.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2019 at 6:47 AM

Given the seemingly dire state of affairs that is quite possibly going to occur in the U.K. given the inability to decide just how Brexit is going to be orchestrated so as not to cause massive problems to the economy, it comes as a bit of a surprise that according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a U.K. automotive trade association (on January 15, Mike Hawes, chief executive of the organization, stated, “The vote against the Brexit deal on the table brings us closer to the ‘no deal’ cliff edge that would be catastrophic for the automotive industry,” so you can see that things are rather desperate), while you might think that the U.K. car buyer might opt for black exterior paint, so as to reflect the situation, that’s not the case.

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Automotive Electronics

Volvo Trucks: Autonomous Transport as a Service

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

One of the trends that is expected to occur as a result of autonomous vehicle development is that OEMs will not just be equipment providers, but service providers, as well.

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Automotive Design

Yazaki Creates Clever Terminal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Even though there are plenty of things that people take for granted and consequently that that’s just the way things are, innovative thinking can change them, significantly.

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Automotive Design

North American International Auto Show from the Inside

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Although the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that’s going on in Detroit right now will be the last held in January, and although there was a lot of pre-show news generated about the absence of such brands as Mercedes and BMW, just to name two of those that decided to forego exhibiting, the 2019 NAIAS wasn’t without some notable introductions.

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Automotive Engineering

What Is Continental Doing with ~10,000 Engineers?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2019 at 5:46 AM

Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”

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Sponsored Content

A Faster Way to Prototype Parts for Automotive

January 17, 2019 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 LIghtweighting

McLaren 600LT Spider: A Study in Composite Rigidity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM

McLaren Automotive is busy building—hand assembling at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England—members of its Longtail (LT) vehicle lineup, including the new 600LT Spider.

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Robotic Tape System Developed

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Masking tape has its genesis in the automotive body shop, back in the 1920s when an employee of 3M watched painters have difficultly removing the paper that they had affixed to vehicles to “mask” portions of the cars from the paint that was being applied.

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Automotive Engineering

2019 NACTOY: How We Got There

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 15, 2019 at 6:17 AM

The North American International Car, Truck and Utility (NACTOY) Awards were presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.

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Automotive Electronics

Kia Considers Gestures

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 14, 2019 at 6:18 AM

As fans of Mandrake the Magician will recall, he had the ability to “gesture hypnotically” and make things happen.

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Automotive Design

The New Explorer & Everything That’s Old Is. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2019 at 2:20 PM

As we await the sixth-generation 2020 Ford Explorer, it is interesting to note how there are some things coincident with its past and today. 2020 Ford Explorer The first two generations of the vehicle, which was launched in 1990, were based on the Ford Ranger platform. 2019 Ford Ranger The Ranger went out of production at the end of 2011.

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Automotive Materials

Mazda Steel Stamping Breakthrough

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2019 at 8:24 AM

As vehicle manufacturers look for the ways to save mass in vehicle structures, the amount of advanced high-strength steels used is increasing.

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