Automotive Electronics

2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Acura has long been the brand that isn’t said in the same breath with the companies with which it competes—and it is “long” as in the brand was launched in March 1986, making it the first Japanese luxury brand in the U.S. market, beating out both Lexus and Infiniti.

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Automotive Design

Henry Payne Buys a Tesla Model 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Did you ever think about buying a Tesla Model 3, the car that has garnered hundreds of thousands of reservations and hundreds of thousands of more words from people anticipating and then, eventually, driving the vehicle?

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Digital Domain

About Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 06, 2018 at 6:11 AM

If you’re interested in what 3D/additive can/can’t do, then you might want to attend the Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Automotive, that is being held at the first industry day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), January 16, in Cobo Center. 

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Automotive Production

Ford Advancing Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:31 PM

To assure that the company maintains its capabilities, relevance and leading-edge know-how in manufacturing, Ford has spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit.

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Porsche Runs Want Ads As Cool As a 911

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:57 AM

Finding first-rate employees is a challenge that every company faces on an on-going basis.

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Automotive Design

Jeep Goes Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2018 at 6:31 AM

According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand-North America, Jeep is the most-recognized vehicle on the planet, and while he is probably more than somewhat biased in this assessment, he is also probably right.

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Sponsored Content

How Topology Optimization Enables Design for Lightweighting

November 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Simulation software enables automotive engineers to take advantage of the lightweighting opportunities provided by technologies like 3D printing and microcellular injection molding.

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A Really Powerful Wind Tunnel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 29, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A few years ago General Motors installed a new wind tunnel for testing 40 percent-size vehicles.

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Automotive Engineering

NACTOY Finalists Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 11:21 PM

The finalists for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards were announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, and because the choices are essentially based on choices predicated on design and engineering (after all, as the jurors drive the vehicles, it isn’t an issue of sales or marketing), the selections of the three finalists in each category can be considered among the best in class when it comes to those two functions.

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Automotive Powertrain

About the 2020 Lincoln Aviator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Successful vehicles tend to be those that are available on a global basis, and increasingly, those vehicles tend to be in the SUV segment writ large.

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Automotive Design

Audi and Airbus Take Flight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

“Flying taxis are on the way.” Which sounds like a statement that one might hear from some futurist who is standing on a podium wearing a jumpsuit that appears as though it was sourced from Starfleet Command.

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Automotive Powertrain

2019 Honda Insight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 26, 2018 at 6:41 AM

One of the things that rarely gets the amount of attention that it should in a typical “car review” is the fact that for a considerable amount of time drivers are not “getting on the throttle” because for a considerable number of drivers, they’re “dwelling on the binders,” a.k.a., sitting with their foot depressed on the brakes, perhaps lifting every now and then in order to nudge forward in traffic.

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