Automotive Materials

BMW Uses Fabric Skin Again

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2019 at 6:45 AM

In 2008 BMW revealed a concept vehicle that was unusual in that the body panels weren’t made from steel, aluminum or composites but, rather, a fabric that was fitted over an underlying metal frame.

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Automotive Electronics

HERE Is Some Revenue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 09, 2019 at 6:52 AM

With the drive toward more technology in vehicles that must be kept up at a consumer electronics freshness pace, not the classic “let’s wait until the midcycle refresh” one, OEMs are faced with a variety of challenges, not the least of which is a financial one: How can they generate some revenue from tech?

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Automotive Electronics

What’s C-V2X?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2019 at 6:44 AM

While you might not think about Ducati, Ford and Audi in the same context (OK, they all provide vehicles, but there are differences between motorcycles, mass market vehicles and premium products) but the three companies were literally—or perhaps that should be digitally—linked together via C-V2X technology from Qualcomm.

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Automotive Engineering

Exceedingly Important Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 10:20 AM

When people related to the auto industry talk about “mobility,” typically this has something to do with some ride hailing service or new logistics-based app.

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Automotive Powertrain

Engineering the Tesla Model 3. And More.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Generally, the people who do competitive benchmarking via comprehensive teardowns don’t become particularly well known.

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Automotive Design

TRI to Launch New Automated Driving Test Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 2:08 PM

One of the advantages that the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has in its pursuit of developing automated driving technology is that it is part of Toyota.

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Automotive Interiors

How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

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Sponsored Content

What Lightweighting Technologies Are Making CAFE Standards Attainable?

January 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Technologies like microcellular injection molding and 3D printing have increased the lightweighting options available to manufacturers, but how do design engineers adjust?

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Automotive Management

Reuss Named GM President

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 9:05 AM

A quick shout out to Mark Reuss, one of the best people in the industry, who was named president of GM this morning.

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Automotive Production

Tesla Sales and the Triumph Over High Seating

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2019 at 9:06 AM

The most remarkable thing about Tesla’s announcement today of its 2018 performance was not that it manufactured 86,555 vehicles in Q4, which is 8 percent more than its previous record quarter (Q3), of which 61,394 were Model 3s and 25,161 were Model S and X, nor that it is reducing prices for all of its models sold in the U.S. starting today by $2,000, in order to address the reduction in the federal tax credit that customers can receive from $7,500 to $3,750.

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Automotive Engineering

Portal Axles and 130 mph

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2019 at 8:08 AM

The G 500 4 x 42 was a special model developed by Mercedes that had a run from December 2015 to October 2017.

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Automotive Design

Tires and Design Domination

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 31, 2018 at 6:48 AM

Tire design is something that we don’t think a whole lot about.

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