Why Tooling Spend Matters to You

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 01, 2018 at 5:56 AM

The photo below shows a step in the process known as “hot stamping,” wherein the material is heated before it is stamped, such that the material is sufficiently pliable to be formed without breaking the tooling: hot stamping is performed mainly for steels that are really, really strong (typically used for things like B-pillars on vehicles, so that this strength helps for safety in the case of a side collision); after the material is formed and cooled it is back to being formidable, but not formable. (Photo: Schuler AG) Body panels and components for the body-in-white (i.e., the vehicle before the exterior panels are fitted into place) are stamped.

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Automotive Management

China and U.S. OEMs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 31, 2018 at 8:12 AM

When Ford announced its 3rd quarter earning on October 24, the official announcement said, in part, “Company revenue was up 3 percent year over year, with net income and company adjusted EBIT both down year over year, primarily driven by continued challenges in China.” The previous day, perhaps as a preemptive move to answer the question “If things are going poorly in China, what are you doing about it?, Ford announced that it was establishing Ford China as a stand-alone business unit.

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Automotive Powertrain

Chevy Develops eCOPO Camaro: The Fast and the Electric

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 30, 2018 at 8:09 AM

The notion that electric vehicles were the sort of thing that well-meaning professors who wear tweed jackets with elbow patches drove in order to help save the environment was pretty much annihilated when Tesla added the Ludicrous+ mode to the Model S which propelled the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

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Post-Florence Vehicle Interest

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 29, 2018 at 8:02 AM

One of the consequences of a hurricane is that consumers find that their vehicles are kaput, and therefore they have to go shopping for a replacement.

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Hyundai Develops Wearable Robots

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 26, 2018 at 6:07 AM

The Hyundai Motor Group is directing some of its attention and resources toward the development of robotic technology, which includes wearable robots, service robots and micromobility.

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Automotive Management

Rolls-Royce Gets New Head of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 24, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Rolls-Royce automobiles are produced in only one place in the world, Goodwood, in West Sussex, in the United Kingdom.

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Automotive Materials

What Life Cycle Assessment Means for Materials

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 23, 2018 at 7:46 AM

If you’ve ever wondered about what “life cycle assessment” (LCA) means in the context of addressing greenhouse gas emissions, a couple of graphics from the WorldAutoSteel organization makes it more understandable than it otherwise might be.

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Automotive Materials

The Ford Flathead V8: The Key Role of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 22, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Not only did Henry Ford make automobiles accessible to everyone through the production of the Model T, but what isn’t as widely known is that he did the same thing for the V8 engine: He didn’t make the first V8, which had first appeared decades earlier, but in 1932, with the introduction of the Model 18 (better known as the “Ford V-8), which had a V8 under the hood, Ford created a more powerful engine (65 hp!) for the masses.

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Automotive Design

2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 19, 2018 at 6:17 AM

The thing about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is not the thing that most people might think of about the car.

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Automotive Design

NIO’s Growing Numbers: Small But Notable

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM

The ES8 from Shanghai-based NIO is a seven-seat, fully electric SUV.

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Automotive Electronics

Orange Is the New Tube

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2018 at 6:01 AM

Shown here are an array of products from a Swiss company, HUBER + SUHNER, a manufacturer of a variety of cables and systems for applications including electric vehicles.

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Automotive Materials

Polymer Passes the Sniff Test—and Then Some

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 16, 2018 at 6:14 AM

Remember that “new car” smell?

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