Automotive Electronics

Toyota Commits Big to DSRC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 2:57 PM

Toyota has announced a major move toward increased safety for its Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles, as Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America announced that starting in 2021 it will begin deploying Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems in its vehicles.

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Automotive Electronics

Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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Automotive Engineering

SUR/FIN in Cleveland

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

If you’re involved in surface finishing (yes, we are getting rather specific and technical here), as in processes including plating, polishing, anodizing and coating, for purposes ranging from corrosion and abrasion resistance to thermal management, then you really ought to consider traveling to Cleveland June 4 to 6 to attend an event hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), SUR/FIN.* According to NASF, surface finishing is a $28-billion industry, and auto is a significant part of that.

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Lambo on Two Wheels

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2018 at 6:58 AM

While it isn’t clear what the price of the e-bikes that Automobili Lamborghini will start selling in May is, odds are good that they’ll be more affordable than the least expensive Lambo, which starts at about $200,000.

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Automotive Body

New Turbo Camaro Launched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2018 at 8:18 PM

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

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Evolve Advances Additive—Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2018 at 6:12 AM

If you’re interested in additive manufacturing—even interested while fully thinking that you really need some reasonable production volumes, say of 15,000 to 20,000 parts, and know that what’s out there right now pretty much is limited to a fraction of that number—then here’s an acronym to know: STEP, and a company to stay aware of: Evolve Additive Solutions.

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Automotive Design

Looking at the 2019 Malibu

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Brian Smith, exterior design manager for Chevrolet passenger cars and crossovers, says that the 2019 Malibu has undergone “what we call an MCM—a midcycle major, a refresh, including a new front fascia, grilles, lighting, new taillamps on rear for up level trims, new rear fascia lower and new exhaust tips that we’ve pulled to the corners, to stretch them out a little bit. “The overall goal for us was to make the car more premium.” Malibu Premier And the top trim level Malibu is called the “Premier,” so the premium-ness is part and parcel of the fundamental vehicle itself.

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Bosch Establishes Sunnyvale Presence

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 05, 2018 at 12:05 PM

The Bosch Group is not a stranger to Silicon Valley by any means.

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Automotive Design

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Automotive Design

Chevy Tahoe Back in Black

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Last August, Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, noted of the full-size SUV segment, “In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

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Automotive Management

Mercedes, BMW and the Transformation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 6:04 AM

Although some people are skeptical of the impact that ride-hailing and ride-sharing may have, that skepticism can, in large part, be allayed by the announcement last week that the BMW Group and Daimler AG are going to be merging their mobility services business units.

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Automotive Design

Three Guys Walk into a Studio. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show—officially known as the “North American International Auto Show,” and not just because it is across the river from Canada—there were several new vehicle introductions, as is the case with auto shows.

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