Automotive Body

From the designers that give shape and form to exteriors to the materials that are used to build bodies, here’s where you can find information about giving shape and physicality to automotive form.

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2018 at 6:34 AM

The thing about the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription: this all-new crossover from Sweden is the kind of vehicle that you want to be in when driving in and around Gothenburg, from which it hails, because it has the levels of comfort and capability that put you in good stead, regardless of the weather (although, oddly enough, as I am writing this it is 39 degrees F there and 14 degrees F here in Plymouth and there are several inches of snow on the ground, so don’t imagine that you need to go to Sweden to drive a vehicle that has what is described as “instant traction” all-wheel-drive (a BorgWarner Generation 5 coupling distributes torque as required based on on-going sensor inputs; as much as 50 percent of the torque can be distributed to the rear wheels when necessary). One of the things that you probably think about when you think “Volvo” is something that is imminently sensible.

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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

December 20, 2017 at 6:31 AM

The Acura TLX launched in 2014 as a 2015 model, the successor to the TL.

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2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM

No matter how you look at it, a minivan is a family vehicle.

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2018 Ford Mustang: Need We Say More?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2017 at 6:23 AM

The “refresh” of the 2018 Mustang is like getting doused with a bucket of ice-cold water in the Sahara: it is nothing if not absolutely bracing.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Inside Story

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 6:40 AM

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee came out, there were some of the Jeep faithful that had a hard time believing their eyes, as here was a vehicle that looked exceedingly avant garde, even though it was still a Jeep.

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Lincoln Launches the Nautilus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Lincoln is vigorously changing the offerings in its showroom both through launching all-new vehicles like the 2018 Navigator and by doing extensive refreshes of existing products, most recently with the forthcoming 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, a five-passenger midsize SUV, formerly known as the Lincoln MKX.

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2018 Kio Rio EX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the U.S. is $57,617.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 16, 2017 at 5:42 AM

A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Ford Introduces an All-New Expedition: It’s On for Big SUVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 13, 2017 at 6:47 AM

The Ford Expedition—a full-size SUV if there ever was one—has been on the scene since model year 1997.

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German OEMs Designing the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 08, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Here are three cars that indicate looks of various time frames, but all in the future, that debuted at the 2017 IAA in Frankfurt.

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2018 Lexus LC 500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 31, 2017 at 5:57 AM

For most reviews of vehicles, there is an opening remark of some sort, positioning the car in a larger context, like, “Oftentimes vehicle manufacturers show cars that are meant to be indicative of the thinking that’s going on inside their organizations, cars that are often highly imaginative, as though the stylists were told to knock it out of the park and so they do their very best.

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All About the 2018 Honda Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 30, 2017 at 6:05 AM

The common wisdom seems to be that midsize cars have pretty much had it in the U.S. new car market.

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