Automotive Supply Side

Magna, Polestar and More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 23, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Magna is an automotive supplier. But it is a Tier One supplier unlike many others.

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Automotive Chassis

Missing a Spare (Tires, Not Bowling)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 20, 2017 at 6:49 AM

According to AAA, 28 percent of 2017 model year vehicles don’t have a spare tire as standard equipment.

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Automotive Electronics

BMW Is Electrified By Its Results

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 19, 2017 at 6:32 AM

When a car company puts a headline on its press release covering its global sales for the first three quarters of 2017 and touts the fact that it has sold a lot of electrified vehicles, you know that when you get a little deeper things aren’t particular great.

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Automotive Interiors

2018 Toyota C-HR XLE

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 18, 2017 at 6:08 AM

It is about the design.

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Automotive Design

Driving the Mail—Autonomously

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2017 at 6:03 AM

The U.S. Postal Service is working with the University of Michigan on developing what’s being called an “Autonomous Rural Delivery Vehicle.”

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Automotive Electronics

The Business of Auto and Other Issues

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 16, 2017 at 5:59 AM

Wall Street is enamored of tech companies and even though auto companies, certainly for the past few years, have been as technological as any companies in Silicon Valley or anywhere else, their stocks have been, many think, undervalued, simply because they are perceived as being a part of the “old economy.” But Bloomberg’s Keith Naughton points out on this edition of “Autoline After Hours” that U.S. auto stocks are, for the most part, “back in fashion.” He notes that so far this year GM is up 28 percent, Fiat Chrysler up 95 percent and Ford just 1.2 percent.

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Lyft and the Future of Transportation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 13, 2017 at 6:35 AM

On Wednesday, on CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” John Zimmer, co-founder and president of Lyft, made a rather interesting comment regarding the state of transportation: “Every year in the United States, $2-trillion is spent on car ownership and yet we use our cars only four percent of the time.” Two trillion.

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Automotive Design

Toyota’s Fuel Cell Semi

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 13, 2017 at 6:14 AM

While the wait continues for Elon Musk to unveil the prototype of an electric semi (it was supposed to be shown on October 26, but that has been reportedly pushed back to November 16—for now), Toyota has announced that its hydrogen-powered class 8 semi-truck has completed 4,000 development miles and will go to work on October 23, moving goods from select Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach terminals to warehouses and rail yards.

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Automotive Supply Side

Autoliv, Autonomy and Age

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2017 at 6:42 AM

One of the aspects of autonomous driving that gets far less attention than it probably should is the impact on the Baby Boomers, as in the fact that they are turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 per day in the U.S. and will continue to do so until 2030 when they have all passed that milestone.

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Automotive Engineering

Mazda Hints at the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 11, 2017 at 6:54 AM

At the risk of turning this into some sort of Mazda tribute site (pun not intended), yesterday the company announced that at the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show (October 28-November 5), in addition to showing a “next-generation product concept” which is quite clearly a hatchback as indicated by that teaser picture, and even more clearly from this photo which is highly likely to be the SKTACTIV-Vehicle Architecture that probably underpins that hatch it will also be showing what it is describing as its “next-generation design vision,” which is, in effect, upping the ante on the KODO design language that was manifest in a production vehicle in the form of the Mazda CX-5 in 2012: To be sure, vehicle manufacturers often show speed forms that look completely appealing and just as impossible at things like motor shows.

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Automotive Powertrain

An Audi for the Gentleman Racer (?)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 10, 2017 at 6:19 AM

As Chris Reinke, head of Audi Sport customer racing, put it when announcing the development of the Audi R8 LMS GT4, “GT4 racing is the ideal stage for gentlemen and amateurs that would like to race sports cars but find GT3 racing to be too complex.” Audi has been involved in GT3 racing since 2009, so it knows more than a little something about the demands and the complexities in that series.

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Automotive Powertrain

Mazda Makes a Revolutionary Engine

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2017 at 6:14 AM

Mazda, the Little Car Company That Can, has been working on a number of important fronts of late.

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