Automotive Production

Not a Chiron for the Kids

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 31, 2018 at 7:23 AM

Here, obviously, are two Bugatti Chirons: The one on the right appears to have a rather interesting textured skin.

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Automotive Management

TRATON: What’s in a Name?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 10:57 AM

As of today, the company previously known as “Volkswagen Truck & Bus,” which encompasses the vehicle brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO, which had global sales in 2017 of 205,000 light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, is now known as TRATON AG.

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Automotive Powertrain

Hennessey Engine: For Those Who Like Fast Metal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 6:57 AM

For those who like shiny machined metal, following are photos of the Hennessey Special Vehicle team-developed engine that will go into the Venom F5.

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Automotive Production

New Old Porsche 1.5 Years in the Making

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 29, 2018 at 6:28 AM

The last Porsche 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine went out of production 20 years ago, but the craftsman at Porsche Classic have taken a body shell from the 993 generation and spent 1.5 years assembling “Project Gold” (based on the Golden Yellow Metallic paint used), a car with a new 450-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat six, the same output of the circa 1998 vehicle.

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Automotive Interiors

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

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Automotive Materials

Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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Automotive Design

Cadillac Escalade Grille Designs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 25, 2018 at 7:47 AM

The Cadillac Escalade, the full-size SUV that is a favorite of rappers and soccer moms, alike, had its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 1998, and for the past 20 years has been nothing short of an icon.

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Automotive Engineering

Realizing Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 24, 2018 at 5:16 AM

The auto industry is at a place the likes of which it hasn’t been for about 100 years.  It's a place where technological forces are transforming what has largely been a mechanical paradigm to one wherein sensors and algorithms are essential.

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Automotive Body

Hyundai Makes Major Mods to 2019 Elantra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 23, 2018 at 6:18 AM

Although the common wisdom seems to be that sedans have had it and everything is going crossover, Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America, points out that while the sales of sedans may be declining, they still represent a non-trivial number of sales in the market.

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Bosch Addressing Fuel Cell Tech

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 22, 2018 at 6:07 AM

Although attention tends to be paid to what the OEMs are doing in the advanced development space—or simply to whatever Elon Musk is up to, or not—there is perhaps more action going on in the supplier space, at least among those suppliers who are dedicated to existing as the industry evolves.

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Automotive Electronics

More Hybrid Buses for Quebec

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 21, 2018 at 6:55 AM

As anyone who has driven a hybrid vehicle knows, there is better fuel efficiency achieved in stop-and-go traffic, as those conditions allow the vehicle’s battery to capture power during regenerative braking, which is then redeployed to propel the vehicle.

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The Business and Execution of Auto Show Business

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 20, 2018 at 6:23 AM

One of the most astonishing automotive reveals I’ve ever had the opportunity to witness was in New York inside Pier 92/94 on the Hudson River on the night of April 11, 2017, when literally hundreds of people were in the darkened structure watching the countdown clock as it ticked toward the release of the 840-hp 2018 Dodge Demon from a structure that appeared like something that was constructed to contain a ravaging beast from the future.

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