Automotive Engineering

This zone covers the materials, processes, equipment and expertise used in vehicle development, from turbochargers to transmissions.

Ford Going Fast

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Ford estimates that SUV sales could be half of all retail sales in the U.S. by 2020.

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Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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SUR/FIN in Cleveland

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

If you’re involved in surface finishing (yes, we are getting rather specific and technical here), as in processes including plating, polishing, anodizing and coating, for purposes ranging from corrosion and abrasion resistance to thermal management, then you really ought to consider traveling to Cleveland June 4 to 6 to attend an event hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), SUR/FIN.* According to NASF, surface finishing is a $28-billion industry, and auto is a significant part of that.

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New Turbo Camaro Launched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2018 at 8:18 PM

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

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Looking at the 2019 Malibu

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Brian Smith, exterior design manager for Chevrolet passenger cars and crossovers, says that the 2019 Malibu has undergone “what we call an MCM—a midcycle major, a refresh, including a new front fascia, grilles, lighting, new taillamps on rear for up level trims, new rear fascia lower and new exhaust tips that we’ve pulled to the corners, to stretch them out a little bit. “The overall goal for us was to make the car more premium.” Malibu Premier And the top trim level Malibu is called the “Premier,” so the premium-ness is part and parcel of the fundamental vehicle itself.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Albaisa Talks Xmotion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 10:55 AM

One thing that is becoming rare is a fully realized concept car, as most OEMs are opting for something along the lines of “production intent.” Not Nissan. And the result is rather impressive.

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Chevy Tahoe Back in Black

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 7:32 AM

Last August, Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, noted of the full-size SUV segment, “In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

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Kevin Hunter & the Transformation of Toyota Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Arguably there is no auto company in the world that is literally redrawing the profiles in its massive portfolio of vehicles than Toyota Motor Corp. And Kevin Hunter, president of Calty, is a key part of that transformation.

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Three Guys Walk into a Studio. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show—officially known as the “North American International Auto Show,” and not just because it is across the river from Canada—there were several new vehicle introductions, as is the case with auto shows.

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VinFast: A Vietnamese Auto Startup Living Up to Its Name

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM

A Vietnamese start-up auto company is doing what it name implies: VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company Limited is going exceedingly fast in vehicle development.

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Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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