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.

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Some Things to Know

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Design, materials, powertrain and manufacturing details about what is arguably the quintessential vehicle in the Jeep lineup.

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The Five Percent Solution

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - March 02, 2018 at 3:21 PM

Ford heads to England to find a V6 diesel suitable for the all-American F-150.

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2018 Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2018 at 7:24 AM

Because I live in southeastern Michigan, I have the opportunity to watch the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), which is good for a number of reasons, ranging from exceedingly extensive Olympics coverage (NBC is but a shadow of this) to programs like Schitt’s Creek to the ability to see what Don Cherry is wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.

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Buick Gives the Envision a New Look

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

Although the Buick Envision was launched as a model year 2016 luxury compact crossover, it hasn’t taken Buick long to do a refresh of the vehicle, both in terms of new sheet metal on the exterior as well beneath the skin.

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Nissan LEAF & the Economics of Automotive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2018 at 6:50 AM

Nissan’s Chris Reed has a title as long as an NBA player’s arm: Vice President, Components Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America, Nissan North America, Inc.

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T-Roc Cabrio: Will Past Be Prologue?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 23, 2018 at 1:31 PM

There are certain vehicles that, when brought up in conversation among those who are interested in the auto industry, generally evoke a cringe.

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The Citroën New Berlingo: The Leisure Class

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Leave it to the French to come up with a better approach to positioning what is ostensibly a minivan but which has design cues that have the robustness that might be associated with a sport ute.

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McLaren Senna: No Need to Say More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At the front of the McLaren Senna there are four aero surfaces: the front splitter, active aero blades, fixed aero blades, and slot-gaps positioned between the headlights and the daytime running lights.

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Rolls Names SUV: Cullinan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2018 at 9:02 AM

As you can undoubtedly tell by looking at (a) the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and (b) the configuration of the grille, this is obviously a Rolls-Royce: And you are probably wondering about two things as well: (a) given that paisley paint scheme, it seems as though this is some sort of John Lennon edition Rolls, and (b) why is it in the dirt and not on Bond Street or somewhere else more fitting?

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Tailoring SEAT Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Last year SEAT sold nearly 470,000 vehicles, which is a solid number for the Spain-based member of the Volkswagen Group that exports approximately 80 percent of its production to some 80 countries around the world.

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Ford Invests $25-million More at Kentucky Truck

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2018 at 8:50 AM

To prepare the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant to launch the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition last fall, Ford invested approximately $900-million in the facility, putting in more than 400 new robots (mainly in the body shop), creating a robot lab to support all of that automation, installing a data analytics hub that allows supervisors and workers to be more efficient, and even a 3D printer to quickly and cost-effectively create tooling. “The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations, so Ford is investing an additional $25-million in the plant to help amp up the production of the vehicles.

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Fiat 500: A Reason Why

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 10, 2018 at 6:32 AM

Yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show Fiat announced that for 2018, all 500 models in the U.S. will be turbocharged.

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