Automotive Chassis

The 2019 Ram 1500 Up Close

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 6:46 AM

The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.

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Carsharing Growing & Tech May Advance Accordingly

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 11, 2018 at 6:27 AM

According to a new study, “Global Mobility Industry Outlook, 2018,” by research organization Frost & Sullivan, the number of carsharing vehicles is expected to grow 13.2 percent on a global basis in 2018 compared to the number in 2017, from 983,000 vehicles to 1,273,000 vehicles.

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Automotive Design

Cullinan: SUV, Car, Diamond

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Rolls-Royce has revealed the Cullinan today, which is its take on an SUV, except that it also describes the vehicle as an “all-terrain high-bodied car.” The face of the Cullinan is said to feature “the prominent brow of a Saxon warrior.” [Ahem.] One of the points that the company makes regarding the new vehicle is that it has, in its estimation, a three-box design, which generally means for those of us on this side of the Atlantic a trunk, or on the other side a boot, but either way there doesn’t seem to be that third box (but the company points out that there is a “rear partition wall” that separates the rear passengers from whatever cargo there might be packed away in the 560 liters (19.78 cubic-feet) of space behind that wall.

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Automotive Electronics

Audi’s Simple But Smart Driver Assistance

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems, when fully implemented, could have a tremendous effect on transportation patterns.

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Automotive Electronics

Geely Going with Ultracapacitors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 09, 2018 at 10:07 AM

When the discussion of electrified vehicles comes up, the subject of lithium-ion batteries soon emerges.

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Automotive Engineering

SABIC Offers Soft Touch for More Cost-Friendly Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2018 at 4:46 PM

One of the challenges faced by global OEMs is to provide soft-touch surfaces on interior trim panels.

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Automotive Interiors

Steve Miller on Suppliers, OEMs & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 07, 2018 at 6:40 AM

Steve Miller says that when he began his career at the auto industry at Ford back in the late ‘60s, he and his colleagues on the finance staff in the Glass House would perform product analyses, looking at everything from product attributes to price to sales.

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Automotive Engineering

GM and Autodesk Advancing Design and Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2018 at 10:22 AM

General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed, but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.

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Superb Auto History About the Chevrolet Brothers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2018 at 6:03 AM

Last week, in a piece noting that a Chevrolet Corvette is going to serve as the pace car (again) for the Indianapolis 500, some historic notes regarding the Chevrolet brothers (Louis, Arthur and Gaston) were included, as those three had an abiding interest in not just automobiles in the early years of the 20th century, but in automobiles that went really fast.

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Automotive Engineering

Toyota Research Institute Building Own Test Track

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 03, 2018 at 1:22 PM

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is continuing its methodical moves toward developing automated vehicle technology as it announced today that it has filed the paperwork to build a closed-loop test facility within a 1.5-mile oval test track at the Michigan Technical Resource Park in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, which is northwest of Toledo and pretty much a straight shot 40 miles down U.S. 23 from Ann Arbor.

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Porsche in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 03, 2018 at 6:24 AM

Last week Porsche announced that it had opened its sixth Experience Center, this one in Shanghai.

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Automotive Design

Designworks Works on Hyperloop Interior Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Do you ever go to the drive-through window in your bank and use one of those canisters that you put your checks, money, whatever in and then watch it shoot through a tube to the teller inside the building? (Yes, there are still tellers, ATMs notwithstanding.

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