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.

How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

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The SOLO EV Is Really Being Built

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 28, 2018 at 7:23 AM

From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.

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Aston Martin to Launch “Heritage EV” Program

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 26, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”

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Fluid Handling, Hot Cars & 2018 in the Rear View

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 24, 2018 at 7:19 AM

When you think about electric vehicles, you probably picture things like high-voltage orange wires.

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2019 Genesis G70 RWD 2.0T Dynamic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2018 at 6:40 AM

The G70 is equipped with everything from a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system to a microfiber suede headliner, from full LED headlights to quilted front seats that are heated and cooled and rear seats that are heated, from a head-up display to a limited-slip rear differential.

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Aptiv’s Sure Thing in Las Vegas

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Autonomous driving technology developer Aptiv has just announced that it has established its Las Vegas Technical Center, a 130,000-sq. ft. facility that includes R&D, data management, a demo center and resources for vehicle operations: Las Vegas is the site of where Aptiv has its largest self-driving fleet: there are 75 vehicles operating there.

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Magna Advances Seating Configurations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Magna International is focusing on electrification, autonomy and smart mobility. This is taking the form of things ranging from an electrified system for rear axles (eDrive 1.0) to a collaborative arrangement with Lyft, which includes the co-development and manufacture of self-driving systems.

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2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Acura has long been the brand that isn’t said in the same breath with the companies with which it competes—and it is “long” as in the brand was launched in March 1986, making it the first Japanese luxury brand in the U.S. market, beating out both Lexus and Infiniti.

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Henry Payne Buys a Tesla Model 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Did you ever think about buying a Tesla Model 3, the car that has garnered hundreds of thousands of reservations and hundreds of thousands of more words from people anticipating and then, eventually, driving the vehicle?

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Jeep Goes Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2018 at 6:31 AM

According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand-North America, Jeep is the most-recognized vehicle on the planet, and while he is probably more than somewhat biased in this assessment, he is also probably right.

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About the 2020 Lincoln Aviator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Successful vehicles tend to be those that are available on a global basis, and increasingly, those vehicles tend to be in the SUV segment writ large.

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2019 Honda Insight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 26, 2018 at 6:41 AM

One of the things that rarely gets the amount of attention that it should in a typical “car review” is the fact that for a considerable amount of time drivers are not “getting on the throttle” because for a considerable number of drivers, they’re “dwelling on the binders,” a.k.a., sitting with their foot depressed on the brakes, perhaps lifting every now and then in order to nudge forward in traffic.

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