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.

INFINTI QX50: Notable But Unexpected Feature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 16, 2018 at 8:52 AM

One of the more notable aspects of the new INFINITI QX50 isn’t what you think.

Read More

The Structural Excellence of the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 15, 2018 at 5:07 AM

The 2019 Acura RDX has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+, and the structural soundness of the vehicle went a long way to achieving that.

Read More

2018 Mazda6 Signature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2018 at 6:38 AM

When the 2014 Mazda6 was launched, the company proclaimed, “Design ingenuity is mysteriously absent among non-luxury mid-size sedans.

Read More

Rimac C_2 Tour de Force

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2018 at 6:35 AM

The high-performance Genovation GXE got us to thinking about other cars with what can be described only as exotic technology and brought to mind the Rimac C_2 which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this year by Rimic Automobili, which is located in Croatia.

Read More

2018 Buick Regal GS AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 02, 2018 at 6:33 AM

For those who grew up driving sedans, or for those who would like an experience that is unlike what’s provided by things with a high H-point, the Buick Regal GS is an intriguing proposition.

Read More

Toyota Performs Kaizen for Hydrogen-Powered Big Rig

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2018 at 5:53 PM

Most of the time, unless you work at Toyota you don’t have the opportunity to see its vaunted kaizen in action.

Read More

Kondo Method for Car Packing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2018 at 7:39 AM

Although the KonMari Method created by Marie Kondo has become phenomenally successful and equally useful, odds are it show up more in the context of dresser drawers and cabinets and closets than it does elsewhere.

Read More

Lighten Up: Altair’s Enlighten Award Presented

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Although Altair is a company that provides advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) software and high-performance computing applications, it has a particular interest in innovative automotive lightweighting, which has led the company, for the past six years, to provide the Altair Enlighten Awards to OEMs and suppliers that have come out with products that show notable achievements in weight savings.

Read More

2019 Hyundai Veloster: Who Would Have Figured?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Hyundai develops the second generation of a car that competes with cars like the VW Beetle and the Fiat 500, yet which is visibly in a category of its own.

Read More

2019 Honda Insight: Smart, Stylish Sedan—And It’s a Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Honda’s unwavering commitment to the electrification of its lineup continues with the third-generation Insight.

Read More

Developing the 2018 Nissan Kicks

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The compact crossover segment is about to explode. And Nissan is going to be giving it a little Kicks.

Read More

Chiron: Not 186,000 mps, but. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Although we’ve never had the opportunity to drive one, reportedly the top speed of a Bugatti Chiron is 236 mph in normal mode and goes to 261 mph in Top Speed mode.

Read More