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.

Seven Generations of Corvette—So Far

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 7:51 AM

This is the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the first model to be produced by General Motors. The first gen had a run until 1962.

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Manufacturing Execution in the Age of IoT

By: Lawrence S. Gould - March 04, 2019 at 2:10 PM

The latest wave of manufacturing execution systems takes advantage of the Internet of Things, leading to simpler and faster implementations and truly real-time data analysis, decision-making, and problem resolution.

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Rivian and Bollinger: Purposeful EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2019 at 7:56 AM

At the LA Auto Show last fall, Rivian rolled out with two electric vehicles, the R1T, a five-passenger pickup truck, and the R1S, an SUV.

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Is the Minimó the Future of Urban Mobility?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 25, 2019 at 3:41 PM

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to wander around off the main thoroughfares in Barcelona, you’ve undoubtedly notices that the streets tend to be narrow and more oriented toward people rather than cars and certainly trucks.

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Share This with a High School Student Who Likes to Draw Cars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM

“As the field of automotive design grows, it’s vital that we increase awareness and educate students and parents about the good-paying opportunities available. Many of today’s designers had no idea that automotive design could be a career option, and we want to change that.”

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How to Keep a Last-gen Truck Current

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 7:23 AM

When Ram Truck launched the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, the company didn’t want to simply stop building the last-generation vehicle at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (which has been in operation since 1938, during which time it has produced more than 12.5-million trucks). Rather, they kept it in production adding the word “Classic” to the name, thereby indicating its difference from the new truck (built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant). In order to keep the Classic of interest, the company has gone back to 1976, the year they launched the Dodge Warlock, a “factory-personalized” pickup, and have created the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.

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What’s in a Name?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2019 at 2:52 PM

When does a vehicle name have too many words?

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Transforming Volkswagen

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 12:32 PM

A line up of electric cars and a new head of American operations may have a bigger transformation on VW (especially in the U.S.) than anything since the first Beetle arrived in the U.S. in 1949.

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Digital Assembly Comes of Age

By: Lawrence S. Gould - February 04, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Digital assembly is increasingly comprehensive and allows smoother product launches.

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Developing the 2019 Toyota RAV4

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

Outside of a pickup truck, there is no vehicle that’s sold in greater units than the Toyota RAV4. So when they developed the new generation, they had a whole lot to consider.

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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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