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.

Ed Welburn on Automotive Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:12 AM

To say that Ed Welburn  had (and continues to have) a remarkable career in design is like saying that the Polar Vortex that many of us in the Midwest experienced last week was chilly.

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What the VW ID. BUGGY Indicates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Volkswagen will be presenting a concept, the ID. BUGGY, a contemporary take on a dune buggy, based on the MEB electric platform that the company will be using for a wide array of production vehicles, at the International Geneva Motor Show.

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An Important Achromatic Color for Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 7:54 AM

The BASF Coatings Div. conducts an annual global survey of the color distribution across the automotive market and it seems as though when it comes to the color of choice, the consumers are rather vanilla in their selection, as white is the color of choice by a non-trivial amount compared to the number-two selection, black: 41 percent vs. 16 percent.

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Is the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE a Transformer?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2019 at 11:02 AM

As fans of the “Transformer” franchise know, one of the robots, Bumblebee, is a Camaro, which leads me to wonder whether the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE is an Autobot.

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Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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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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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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