Toyota Putting Muda to Work

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 05, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced last week that it will be building a fuel-cell power generation plant at the Port of Long Beach that will be powered by “bio-waste” from dairy farms in northern California, transforming the waste into water, electricity and hydrogen.

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Automotive Design

Nissan Launches a New Leaf

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 9:46 PM

While we’ve often pointed out in this space that one of the challenges of moving toward electric vehicles (EVs)—as in full, battery-electric vehicles, not “electrified,” which can be a 48-volt system or a hybrid or some variation there of—is that there needs to be the creation of an infrastructure.

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Automotive Design

2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Inside Story

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 6:40 AM

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee came out, there were some of the Jeep faithful that had a hard time believing their eyes, as here was a vehicle that looked exceedingly avant garde, even though it was still a Jeep.

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Automotive Management

The Way of Lincoln

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 01, 2017 at 4:01 AM

When most auto execs talk about the people who buy or lease their vehicles, they call them “customers.” Which is pretty much how they're referred to by plenty of people in retail, whether they’re selling appliances or avocados.

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Automotive Design

Nissan Brings the Kicks

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 30, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Recognizing the burgeoning phenomenon of the CUV craze that is characteristic of the market (and this is global, not just in the U.S.), Nissan has announced the development of what—as of next Spring—will become the sixth vehicle in its crossover/SUV lineup (in addition to the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada), the entry-level, five-passenger Kicks.

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Automotive Electronics

Lincoln Launches the Nautilus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Lincoln is vigorously changing the offerings in its showroom both through launching all-new vehicles like the 2018 Navigator and by doing extensive refreshes of existing products, most recently with the forthcoming 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, a five-passenger midsize SUV, formerly known as the Lincoln MKX.

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Automotive Interiors

2018 Kio Rio EX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the U.S. is $57,617.

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Automotive Production

Volvo’s Global Footprint

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 27, 2017 at 5:59 AM

If you really want to get a sense of the international existence of car companies in the 21st century, then the production of the Volvo XC40, which started last week, is an excellent example.

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Digital Domain

Printing Prototypes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Skorpion Engineering, an Italian firm with operations in both Milan and Turin, is deploying 3D printers from Stratasys to produce complex prototypes 50 percent faster than it was able to do when it was using clay modeling to produce components.

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Automotive Design

GMC Concept Takes on the Snow

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2017 at 2:50 PM

As everyone knows, concept vehicles are generally cool, and the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept takes that temperature metaphor to the next level, as it has replaced its 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels with Mattracks 150 Series Tracks that have been given a GMC Red finish.

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Automotive Interiors

Mercedes Sales and the CLS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2017 at 6:54 AM

Like other OEMs, when it comes to sedan sales in the U.S., Mercedes isn’t doing particularly well.

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Automotive Electronics

Volvo and Uber Strike Deal for Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 20, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Volvo—the gutsiest car company on the planet (which other OEM has come out and said that they are working to eliminate serious injury or deaths in its new vehicles by 2020?)—is likely to become the most autonomous-tech related vehicle provider in the world as it has announced a framework agreement with Uber under which it will sell “tens of thousands of autonomous driving compactible vehicles [to Uber] between 2019 and 2021.” Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo president and chief executive, stated, “The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption.

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