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 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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New Turbo Camaro Launched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2018 at 8:18 PM

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

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Looking at the 2019 Malibu

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Brian Smith, exterior design manager for Chevrolet passenger cars and crossovers, says that the 2019 Malibu has undergone “what we call an MCM—a midcycle major, a refresh, including a new front fascia, grilles, lighting, new taillamps on rear for up level trims, new rear fascia lower and new exhaust tips that we’ve pulled to the corners, to stretch them out a little bit. “The overall goal for us was to make the car more premium.” Malibu Premier And the top trim level Malibu is called the “Premier,” so the premium-ness is part and parcel of the fundamental vehicle itself.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Albaisa Talks Xmotion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 10:55 AM

One thing that is becoming rare is a fully realized concept car, as most OEMs are opting for something along the lines of “production intent.” Not Nissan. And the result is rather impressive.

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Chevy Tahoe Back in Black

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Last August, Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, noted of the full-size SUV segment, “In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

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Nexteer’s Approach to Manufacturing Data

By: Lawrence S. Gould - April 02, 2018 at 5:49 PM

This Tier One supplier is well on the way in its “advanced, holistic, integrative approach” to design and manufacturing.

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Kevin Hunter & the Transformation of Toyota Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Arguably there is no auto company in the world that is literally redrawing the profiles in its massive portfolio of vehicles than Toyota Motor Corp. And Kevin Hunter, president of Calty, is a key part of that transformation.

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Three Guys Walk into a Studio. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show—officially known as the “North American International Auto Show,” and not just because it is across the river from Canada—there were several new vehicle introductions, as is the case with auto shows.

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VinFast: A Vietnamese Auto Startup Living Up to Its Name

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM

A Vietnamese start-up auto company is doing what it name implies: VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company Limited is going exceedingly fast in vehicle development.

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Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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Lincoln Aviator Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2018 at 5:26 AM

The Lincoln Motor Company has unveiled a three-row crossover, a pre-production execution (which means that details are still publicly scant, as the company prepares to build the vehicle: they haven’t even announced what model year it will be, only that it will be launched next year), named the Aviator.

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