Automotive Engineering

CUVs and a Celebration

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 20, 2017 at 6:11 AM

Presently, Hyundai has two crossover models on the U.S. market, the Tucson and the Santa Fe (with this vehicle coming in two- and three row versions, with the former being named the “Santa Fe Sport,” so it could be argued that it has 2.5 models on the market). But last week Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America, announced that the company is going to not only multiply the number of CUVs it will offer, but provide a range of powertrain types, as well.

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Automotive Management

Lean Takes On Cancer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 17, 2017 at 6:40 AM

Probably the most important automotive development of the year is occurring right now in Cologne, Germany, and it isn’t related to a new car or truck or crossover, but cancer treatment.

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Automotive Design

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 16, 2017 at 5:42 AM

A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.

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65 and Safety

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 15, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Although 40 may be the new 20, 65 is still pretty much, well, 65, and it has been determined that by 2030, some 20 percent of the drivers in Europe will be older than 65.

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Automotive Electronics

5G for Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 14, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Although there seems to be tremendous concentration (or at least coverage) of autonomous vehicles as independent, stand-alone entities that will roll through the highways and byways depending only on their camera and LiDAR systems, truly effective autonomous vehicles are going to need to communicate with the outside world, and that 4G LTE system that you have running on your cell phone isn’t going to cut it.

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Automotive Engineering

Ford Introduces an All-New Expedition: It’s On for Big SUVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 13, 2017 at 6:47 AM

The Ford Expedition—a full-size SUV if there ever was one—has been on the scene since model year 1997.

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Automotive Design

Let’s Go Ride a Bike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 10, 2017 at 6:04 AM

Bicycling in Denmark is, to put it mildly, a way of getting to point A to point B far more often than one might imagine (assuming that one isn’t in that country): according to the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, 90 percent of Danes own a bike.

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Automotive Production

I, Robot

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 09, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Not everything that comes out of the [San Francisco] Bay Area that’s associated with the auto industry has to do with some form of autonomous driving technology, even though it most certainly seems that way.

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Automotive LIghtweighting

“Drive Me to the Moon. . . .”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 08, 2017 at 6:32 AM

While this snappy hounds-tooth checked seat may look like something that might have been in one of Frank Sinatra’s pads back in the day it is actually the Recaro Rallye, which is said to be the world’s first shell seat: there is a seat shell of fiberglass-reinforced resin formed to the contours of a body.

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Automotive LIghtweighting

Quick Look at an Advanced Wheel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2017 at 5:42 AM

Although aftermarket wheels are not something we generally look at here, ADV7.2 CF.2 Advanced Series from ADV.1 that was introduced last week at SEMA deserves a glance at the very least for the simple reason that it is an exemplary exercise in materials engineering.

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Automotive Production

The ACE “Autoline After Hours”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 06, 2017 at 5:36 AM

Autonomous. Connected. Electrified. ACE. Those subjects were largely the basis of conversation on the latest edition of “Autoline After Hours.”

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Automotive Electronics

EV Euro Infrastructure Initiative

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 03, 2017 at 2:18 PM

As has been pointed out many times (for example, this), one of the biggest hurdles—if not the biggest—for the acceptance of electric vehicles (EVs) is the lack of charging infrastructure, particularly as compared with the ubiquity of gas stations across the landscape, particularly in the U.S.

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