Automotive Engineering

The SOLO EV Is Really Being Built

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 28, 2018 at 7:23 AM

From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.

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Automotive Powertrain

Aston Martin to Launch “Heritage EV” Program

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 26, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”

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Automotive Management

Fluid Handling, Hot Cars & 2018 in the Rear View

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 24, 2018 at 7:19 AM

When you think about electric vehicles, you probably picture things like high-voltage orange wires.

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Automotive Engineering

2019 Genesis G70 RWD 2.0T Dynamic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2018 at 6:40 AM

The G70 is equipped with everything from a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system to a microfiber suede headliner, from full LED headlights to quilted front seats that are heated and cooled and rear seats that are heated, from a head-up display to a limited-slip rear differential.

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BMW and Daimler: Almost Unimaginable

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 19, 2018 at 10:03 AM

While we are probably not at the edge of the Apocalypse, the joint announcement coming from BMW Group and Daimler AG today is something that most people probably didn’t expect and might have seemed Apocalyptic not all that long ago.

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Automotive Engineering

Continental, Element & B-pillars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

At the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda introduced a concept, the Model X.

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Automotive Electronics

Aptiv’s Sure Thing in Las Vegas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Autonomous driving technology developer Aptiv has just announced that it has established its Las Vegas Technical Center, a 130,000-sq. ft. facility that includes R&D, data management, a demo center and resources for vehicle operations: Las Vegas is the site of where Aptiv has its largest self-driving fleet: there are 75 vehicles operating there.

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Automotive Engineering

Lincoln Continental Brings Back Design Cue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 17, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Some companies use cues from their past because contemporary ideas don’t seem to be working out so well.

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Automotive Retail: It’s Not All Balloons & Sellathons

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

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association’s senior economist Patrick Manzi, “We’re forecasting sales of 16.8-million new cars and light trucks in 2019.

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Automotive Electronics

Magna Advances Seating Configurations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Magna International is focusing on electrification, autonomy and smart mobility. This is taking the form of things ranging from an electrified system for rear axles (eDrive 1.0) to a collaborative arrangement with Lyft, which includes the co-development and manufacture of self-driving systems.

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Automotive Engineering

Biermann Heading Hyundai Motor Group R&D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Albert Biermann had been vice president of Engineering for BMW M; in the spring of 2015 he joined the Hyundai Group, where he headed Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

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Automotive Production

VW Opens Additive Center

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Volkswagen is further showing its commitment to the promise of additive technology for production operations by the opening today of a 3,100-square meter center in Wolfsburg that is dedicated to the technology.

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