Automotive Design

The VW Cargo Bike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 6:53 AM

We’ve got to give Dr. Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand's Board of Management, a whole lot of credit for being engaged with the vehicles that his operation developed.

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Automotive Production

EV Tech Production Advances in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 28, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Elon Musk was not the first CEO of Tesla; Martin Eberhard was (he was also the co-founder of Tesla, along with Marc Tarpenning). About five years after the establishment of Tesla, which occurred in 2003, Eberhard was no longer with the company.

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Automotive Powertrain

Really Fast VW Jetta

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 27, 2018 at 6:51 AM

People like cars that go fast—really fast, as in setting land speed records, as a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta did at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe class (no, we didn’t know there was such a thing, either), 210.16 mph, besting the previous record of 208.472 mph.

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Automotive Electronics

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

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Automotive Engineering

Bob Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 24, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

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Audi and Autonomy Study

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 21, 2018 at 6:05 AM

If 40 percent is the number of autonomous vehicles that need to be out there for noticeable improvement, a whole lot more companies are going to have to be doing what Audi is.

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Automotive Electronics

VW Big on the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 20, 2018 at 6:08 AM

By 2022, according to Volkswagen Group, the company will have spent some 34-billion euro on developing capabilities and products for the future of transportation—which surely indicates that the future is only a few years from now.

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Automotive Design

The Return of J Mays

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2018 at 1:12 PM

One of the biggest criticisms that is levied against the styling of vehicles is that they “look like an appliance.” The appliance in question, of course, is in what is known as the “white goods” category, as in the classic white enameled refrigerator, washer, dryer, or other such product that is now difficult to find in white.

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HERE and Time to Drive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 18, 2018 at 6:41 AM

One of the jobs that may be eliminated in the not-too-distant future is that of providing traffic reports on the radio on the 8s.

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Automotive Management

Inside Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 17, 2018 at 7:41 AM

On this edition of “Autoline After Hours” Joann Muller, Detroit bureau chief for Forbes, provides insights into what she’s learned about Ford, insights that are amplified on the show by our other panelists, Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst at IHS Markit who specializes in the auto industry, and Todd Lassa, Detroit Bureau Chief for Automobile.

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Sponsored Content

Potential Savings with an Automated Turning Cell Add Up: Case in Point

September 13, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Aside from reducing labor and need for extra fixturing, automated turning provides several opportunities for saving time and money. Here’s how.

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Automotive Design

Ford Building in Detroit—Not Just a Structure but a Community

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 13, 2018 at 9:06 AM

The Michigan Central Station in Detroit that Ford is transforming from an abandoned Beaux Arts shambles into the place from which its mobility future will be largely defined and created has been vacant since 1988, 500,000-square feet of something that has been used by film makers in need of striking ruins, used by graffiti artists and scribblers because it was there.

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