Automotive Engineering

Renault’s New Motor

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Typically when an automaker announces the development of a new powertrain for a production vehicle, the words downsized and turbocharged are near the top of the announcement because that’s the way things have been going of late.

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Why Michigan Matters to Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 05, 2018 at 10:37 AM

The day that Trevor Pawl, group vp, Michigan Economic Development Corp., and the point man for the MEDC’s PlanetM initiative, came to the “Autoline After Hours” studio in suburban Detroit, snow was falling with flakes the size of marshmallows.

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Automotive Engineering

Volvo Funding Tech Startups

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2018 at 6:45 AM

Volvo Cars has announced that it has launched an investment fund—the Volvo Cars Tech Fund—that is specifically focused on investing in tech startups around the globe.

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Automotive Production

Magna’s 200,000-Unit Capacity: For Full Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 01, 2018 at 7:28 AM

Generally automotive suppliers—even the giant ones—make parts, components and systems.

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Automotive Chassis

2018 Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2018 at 7:24 AM

Because I live in southeastern Michigan, I have the opportunity to watch the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), which is good for a number of reasons, ranging from exceedingly extensive Olympics coverage (NBC is but a shadow of this) to programs like Schitt’s Creek to the ability to see what Don Cherry is wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.

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Automotive Design

Buick Gives the Envision a New Look

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

Although the Buick Envision was launched as a model year 2016 luxury compact crossover, it hasn’t taken Buick long to do a refresh of the vehicle, both in terms of new sheet metal on the exterior as well beneath the skin.

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Automotive Interiors

Nissan LEAF & the Economics of Automotive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2018 at 6:50 AM

Nissan’s Chris Reed has a title as long as an NBA player’s arm: Vice President, Components Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America, Nissan North America, Inc.

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Automotive Engineering

T-Roc Cabrio: Will Past Be Prologue?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 23, 2018 at 1:31 PM

There are certain vehicles that, when brought up in conversation among those who are interested in the auto industry, generally evoke a cringe.

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Automotive Production

Fiat 500L Hits 500,000

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Today is a notable day in Kragujevac, Serbia, because the Fiat factory there produced its 500,000th Fiat 500L, a Sicilia Orange car with a glossy black roof, powered by a 1.6-liter MultiJet engine.

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Bosch Adds SPLT: The Supplier Gains Mobility Service Capability

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Bosch, the supplier that is probably most familiar to people in the auto industry for its products including antilock braking systems and fuel injectors, is entering the ridesharing business.

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Automotive Engineering

The Citroën New Berlingo: The Leisure Class

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Leave it to the French to come up with a better approach to positioning what is ostensibly a minivan but which has design cues that have the robustness that might be associated with a sport ute.

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Didi Chuxing and What’s Missing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 20, 2018 at 6:30 AM

While the global car sharing market is anticipated to grow 34 percent annually between 2017 and 2024, the rate is expected to be 40 percent in China.

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