Automotive Design

This zone includes interviews with top designers, information on software and design tools as well as design strategies used by automakers and automotive suppliers.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2019 at 7:20 AM

The thing about the 2019 Chevy Blazer: It is the most-complete Chevy I’ve ever driven, as in seemingly every detail of the crossover having been carefully considered and appropriately executed, from the front end that has a design the likes of which is absolutely rare in a category of vehicles that is getting more undifferentiated by the moment to even consideration given to the piping on the IP. (This and subsequent images: Chevrolet) Yes, there are those who consider the Blazer to be something of a Crossover Camaro, which I think misses the case (despite the interior borrowings from the Camaro) and really isn’t all that fair to the Camaro.

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Take a Look at Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Giving the growing increase in interest in additive manufacturing in the auto industry, our sibling publication Additive Manufacturing held a conference dedicated to that subject (i.e., additive manufacturing in the auto industry) at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

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Painting a McLaren

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2019 at 7:58 AM

The new McLaren 720S Spider by MSO: No, we’re not going to talk about the performance of the car that’s powered by a 710-hp, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.

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Pininfarina Times Two

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Pininfarina--the Italian car design firm and specialty vehicle creator owned by the Mahindra Group, an India-based conglomerate—has been on a roll the last several days.

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Seven Generations of Corvette—So Far

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 7:51 AM

This is the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the first model to be produced by General Motors. The first gen had a run until 1962.

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A New F-Series: Right-Sized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2019 at 7:22 AM

Let’s face it: when most people think “Ford F Series” they have in mind the ubiquitous F-150.

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Rivian and Bollinger: Purposeful EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2019 at 7:56 AM

At the LA Auto Show last fall, Rivian rolled out with two electric vehicles, the R1T, a five-passenger pickup truck, and the R1S, an SUV.

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VW Puts a V8 Diesel in Flagship Touareg

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 8:39 AM

You might think that diesels are to Volkswagen are pretty much something that spoken about in the hallways of HQ in Wolfsburg.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 7:40 AM

The Wrangler is a machine. An exceedingly well-executed machine. Every element, from the exterior door hinges to the knurled surface on the gear shifter lever, is designed and built for purpose. And the purpose is transportation.

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Is the Minimó the Future of Urban Mobility?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 25, 2019 at 3:41 PM

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to wander around off the main thoroughfares in Barcelona, you’ve undoubtedly notices that the streets tend to be narrow and more oriented toward people rather than cars and certainly trucks.

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Share This with a High School Student Who Likes to Draw Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM

“As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available. Many of today’s designers had no idea that automotive design could be a career options, and we want to change that.”

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How to Keep a Last-gen Truck Current

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 7:23 AM

When Ram Truck launched the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, the company didn’t want to simply stop building the last-generation vehicle at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (which has been in operation since 1938, during which time it has produced more than 12.5-million trucks). Rather, they kept it in production adding the word “Classic” to the name, thereby indicating its difference from the new truck (built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant). In order to keep the Classic of interest, the company has gone back to 1976, the year they launched the Dodge Warlock, a “factory-personalized” pickup, and have created the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.

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