Automotive Engineering

GM Is Confident about Its QDR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Today General Motors announced that anyone who buys a new Chevy or GMC vehicle in the U.S. has the opportunity to add a “true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty” that spans five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) and that buyers of Buicks and Cadillacs can get six years or 70,000 miles added to their monthly payment plan.

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Automotive Powertrain

Ford Makes a Sharper Edge

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is a variant of the midsize SUV that has been amped up by the folks at Ford Performance.

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Automotive Materials

Audi and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2018 at 9:32 AM

It seems almost a lifetime ago that Audi, thanks to the Audi Space Frame program that was initiated in 1983 and gave rise to the then-revolutionary aluminum-intensive A8 in 1994, was almost synonymous with aluminum, as the company developed and executed all manner of approaches to using the nonferrous material for vehicle construction.

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Automotive Powertrain

BRABUS Increases G 63 Output Because That’s What It Does

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 11, 2018 at 9:40 AM

The “conventional” Mercedes AMG G 63 has a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 585 hp and propels the rather behemothian vehicle from 0 to 62 mph in a brisk 4.5 seconds.

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Automotive Design

2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Horsepower

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 08, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Chances are, when you think of muscle cars—Chargers and Challengers, Mustangs and Camaros, cars of today and cars of the 1960s—and someone driving one with the throttle mashed and the shifter being slammed, you think of the vehicles with guys behind the wheels.

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Automotive Production

Atlas Lifting VW in the U.S.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 05, 2018 at 2:40 PM

In 2017 Volkswagen sold 339,676 vehicles in the United States.

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Automotive Electronics

Another Major Autonomous Venture Announced Today

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2018 at 11:06 AM

It’s called “MONET Technologies Corporation” and it is a joint venture company that is focused on “new mobility services,” a.k.a., “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS), services that will be initially rolled out in Japan starting in the next decade, including autonomous services.

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Automotive Design

From La Maison Citroën

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is a Morocco-born French fashion designer who has created outfits from people ranging from Madonna to Pope John Paul II.

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Automotive Design

Seriously Fun Stamps

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Who says the government doesn’t have a sense of the whimsical?

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Automotive Design

GM and Honda Collaborate on AVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 03, 2018 at 10:42 AM

General Motors, and Cruise, the AV technology company that it owns, are collaborating with Honda to develop a purpose-built AV that will be used by Cruise and, more importantly, be “manufactured at high volume for global deployment.” This is no science experiment.

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Automotive Interiors

TPE Checks the Boxes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 02, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Plastics supplier KRAIBURG has developed a thermoplastic elastomer lineup—the VS/AD/HM series within the THERMOLAST K suite—that checks the boxes of scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical compatibility and UV stability. 

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