Automotive Design

VW Amarok and Serious Sport

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 02, 2018 at 6:31 AM

As Sunday will be the Super Bowl, there will undoubtedly be plenty of automotive commercials before, during and after the game, many of which focus on pickup trucks, because the ad agencies who work for the various OEMs have done deep demographic research that indicates that people who like football like trucks and vice versa. (We’ve always been a fan of the 1998 Nissan Frontier commercial that told us “Dogs like trucks.”) Anyway. . .there is one tough pickup truck that won’t be part of the festival of ads on Sunday because it is for a product that isn’t available in the U.S., the Volkswagen Amarok.

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Automotive Electronics

100-million Units and Still Going Strong

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 02, 2018 at 5:59 AM

In 1995, Java 1.0 was released, Internet Explorer 1.0 was introduced, and Intel brought out the Pentium Pro.

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Automotive Design

2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 01, 2018 at 6:05 AM

The thing about the 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport: The head of a valet service at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve said to me as his associate handed me back the key fob (a hefty object, speaking to the fact that this is a substantial vehicle), “We don’t see many of these.” A couple days later, a locksmith in downtown Plymouth, who was making some keys for autofieldblog HQ (yes, there are still independent locksmiths that make keys for doors) looked out his window and said to me, “What’s that?” Neither of these probably make the people at Genesis all that happy, but in both cases the tone of voice indicated admiration, if not full-on interest.

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Automotive Design

ZR1 @ VIR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2018 at 2:44 PM

According to Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, and a man who knows more than a little something about (1) production cars and (2) performance cars, calls the Grand Course West at the Virginia International Raceway “America’s most challenging road course.” Which is pertinent because a 2019 Corvette ZR1 set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile course earlier this month with Jim Mero, a vehicle dynamics engineer who was at VIR doing routine validation testing, at the wheel.

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Automotive Engineering

Buy a McLaren with Bitcoin

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2018 at 6:07 AM

We’re not exactly sure how much each of the 10 vehicles crafted by McLaren Special Operations, 10 MSO X cars that are inspired by the McLaren 570S GT4 race car, vehicles that were built to order by McLaren Newport Beach, retailed for, but we have a couple of clues that indicate that it would be fair to say “a lot.” That is, while consulting the website for McLaren Newport Beach we saw that they had on offer a 2016 675LT.

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Lease a BMW and Share It

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2018 at 6:23 AM

Although BMW Group did remarkably well sales-wise in 2017, setting a new global record (2,463,526 vehicles), and although the BMW brand will have the new X2 and 8 Series vehicles for 2018 and the MINI brand will have the 3- and 5-door models, as well as the MINI Convertible, it is interesting to note that BMW Group Financial Services is addressing a growing issue (apparently) in the U.S.: car sharing.

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Automotive Electronics

CES and NAIAS: Clash of the Titans

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2018 at 6:22 AM

At the 2018 CES, among the automotive-related products shown were The Kia Niro EV concept. (Look closely at the message on the center of the grille.) Although this is but a concept, Kia will introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

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How 3,000 Is a Really Big Number

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 26, 2018 at 6:17 AM

To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.

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Electric Trucks Emerging

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 25, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Rudolph Diesel—who, incidentally, died mysteriously while traveling by a post office steamer on the English Channel in 1913—must be rolling in his grave.

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Automotive Engineering

2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2018 at 6:16 AM

When I was growing up, my dad always bought sedans.

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Automotive Interiors

The Rhino GX Executive SUV: Really

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Are you the sort of person who likes to roll in a vehicle that looks like it can withstand the impact of an FIM-92 Stinger missile yet like to have all of the comforts of a high-end vehicle?

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Amazing Autostadt Numbers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 22, 2018 at 6:23 AM

Think about the Ford Edge, and not the 2019 Edge ST (the one with the 355-hp 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, standard all-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspension) because it doesn’t count in this context: Don’t think of this Edge ST That is, in 2017 Ford sold 142,603 Edges in the U.S., which is up a smidge (i.e., 0.8 percent) over the number it sold in 2016.

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