Automotive Electronics

Cars were once predominately valued in steel, glass, rubber, and aluminum. Now it’s silicon. Electronics developments drive the vehicles of today and tomorrow.

About the Honda Odyssey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Chad Harrison is the LPL for the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan.

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The Bollinger B1: An Electric Sport Ute

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2017 at 6:08 AM

The Bollinger Motors B1 has been revealed.

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Volvo was once the official vehicle, it seems, of the college professor, especially those with elbow-patched tweed jackets and fragrant pipe.

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Breaking Down the Chevy Bolt

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 17, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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First Look at the 2018 Honda Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be.” That’s Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Div. of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., talking about the 10th generation, 2018 Accord that was unveiled today in Detroit and which will launch this fall.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 11, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Perhaps the reason why the Prius Prime looks the way it does is because of the success of the three previous generations of the car that became the name for “hybrids” the way that “Kleenex” has come to stand for “tissue,” even though no one has probably ever called another vehicle manufacturer’s hybrid a “Prius,” which is certainly not the case with the object one reaches for when a sneeze is imminent.

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Volvo: Much Ado About Not Much

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 07, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Every Volvo launched from 2019 on will have an electric motor.

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Électrique?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 06, 2017 at 2:32 PM

The French Fifth Republic was established in 1958.

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Tires and Ice Cream

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2017 at 6:39 AM

According to the folks from Michelin, there are over 200 ingredients in an auto tire that fall into five groups: “Natural rubber: the main component of the tread layers Synthetic rubber: part of the treads of car, van and 4x4 tires Carbon black and silica: used as a reinforcing agent to improve durability Metallic and textile reinforcement cables: the "skeleton" of the tire, forming the geometric shape and providing rigidity.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2017 at 6:28 AM

The Mazda CX-5 first appeared on the scene in 2012, and for 2017, the vehicle has undergone some major transformations, to enhance what was already a notable small crossover.

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ZF and Hella Partnering for Advancing Technology

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM

In an effort to advance autonomous and assisted driving technologies, two major automotive suppliers—ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.--have established a strategic partnership, with ZF bringing systems know-how (as well as driveline and safety technologies and an entire ecosystem of other partners it is organizing toward this end.

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VW Atlas, Post-Marchionne & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2017 at 6:12 AM

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was developed by VW in Wolfsburg, but the three-row midsize SUV is not (1) built in the massive complex in Germany nor (2) even available in the German market.

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