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.

Engineering the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Bigger, bolder and. . .lighter. And with impressive powertrain technology, to boot.

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Creating the 2019 Kia Forte

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Not only is it Kia’s best-selling vehicle, it is the one that brings people to the brand. So for the third generation of the compact, they’ve elevated their game.

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The VW Cargo Bike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 01, 2018 at 6:53 AM

We’ve got to give Dr. Thomas Sedran, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Brand's Board of Management, a whole lot of credit for being engaged with the vehicles that his operation developed.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

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Bob Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 24, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

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The Return of J Mays

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2018 at 1:12 PM

One of the biggest criticisms that is levied against the styling of vehicles is that they “look like an appliance.” The appliance in question, of course, is in what is known as the “white goods” category, as in the classic white enameled refrigerator, washer, dryer, or other such product that is now difficult to find in white.

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Ford Building in Detroit—Not Just a Structure but a Community

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 13, 2018 at 9:06 AM

The Michigan Central Station in Detroit that Ford is transforming from an abandoned Beaux Arts shambles into the place from which its mobility future will be largely defined and created has been vacant since 1988, 500,000-square feet of something that has been used by film makers in need of striking ruins, used by graffiti artists and scribblers because it was there.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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Taylor: From Rolls to FAW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 11, 2018 at 6:29 AM

FAW is a Chinese state-owned vehicle manufacturer that’s headquartered in Changchun, which is about 600 miles northeast of Beijing.

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Why the Chevy Bison ZR2 Is Really Rugged

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Although you may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about steel, those who do know that there is a class of materials that are called “advanced high-strength steels” (AHSS) which make mere high-strength steels seem, well, not as strong.

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What Do Owners Want: AutoPacific Announces IVAs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 6:34 AM

One of the biggest questions that all product planners face is: What do people want?

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Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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