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.

Car Colours in the U.K.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2019 at 6:47 AM

Given the seemingly dire state of affairs that is quite possibly going to occur in the U.K. given the inability to decide just how Brexit is going to be orchestrated so as not to cause massive problems to the economy, it comes as a bit of a surprise that according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a U.K. automotive trade association (on January 15, Mike Hawes, chief executive of the organization, stated, “The vote against the Brexit deal on the table brings us closer to the ‘no deal’ cliff edge that would be catastrophic for the automotive industry,” so you can see that things are rather desperate), while you might think that the U.K. car buyer might opt for black exterior paint, so as to reflect the situation, that’s not the case.

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Yazaki Creates Clever Terminal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Even though there are plenty of things that people take for granted and consequently that that’s just the way things are, innovative thinking can change them, significantly.

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North American International Auto Show from the Inside

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Although the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that’s going on in Detroit right now will be the last held in January, and although there was a lot of pre-show news generated about the absence of such brands as Mercedes and BMW, just to name two of those that decided to forego exhibiting, the 2019 NAIAS wasn’t without some notable introductions.

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McLaren 600LT Spider: A Study in Composite Rigidity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM

McLaren Automotive is busy building—hand assembling at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England—members of its Longtail (LT) vehicle lineup, including the new 600LT Spider.

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2019 NACTOY: How We Got There

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 15, 2019 at 6:17 AM

The North American International Car, Truck and Utility (NACTOY) Awards were presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.

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The New Explorer & Everything That’s Old Is. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2019 at 2:20 PM

As we await the sixth-generation 2020 Ford Explorer, it is interesting to note how there are some things coincident with its past and today. 2020 Ford Explorer The first two generations of the vehicle, which was launched in 1990, were based on the Ford Ranger platform. 2019 Ford Ranger The Ranger went out of production at the end of 2011.

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How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

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BMW Uses Fabric Skin Again

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2019 at 6:45 AM

In 2008 BMW revealed a concept vehicle that was unusual in that the body panels weren’t made from steel, aluminum or composites but, rather, a fabric that was fitted over an underlying metal frame.

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Exceedingly Important Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 10:20 AM

When people related to the auto industry talk about “mobility,” typically this has something to do with some ride hailing service or new logistics-based app.

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Engineering the Tesla Model 3. And More.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Generally, the people who do competitive benchmarking via comprehensive teardowns don’t become particularly well known.

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Design and Evolution

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Not exactly Darwinism, but an approach where change in process can reap benefits. Chris Chapman talks about how better designs can come to be.

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What’s Nexo?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Hyundai has developed a hydrogen-powered vehicle that has the capability and the stylishness that might make people wonder why there aren’t more hydrogen stations.

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