Automotive Engineering

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

Jon Ikeda and the Authenticity of Acura

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2018 at 12:02 PM

Designers imagine not only what vehicles should look like inside and out, but they also creatively think about the nature of the world, the environment, that those vehicles will exist in.

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Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

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The F-150 and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM

As the launch of the 2019 Ram 1500 and the forthcoming release of the 2019 Chevy Silverado are heating things up in the full-size pickup truck segment, it is worthwhile to call out some materials engineering data related to the Ford F-150, the vehicle that, with the 2015 model year, arguably made a major shift in the segment because it was the vehicle that made the unthinkable a reality: a truck that uses aluminum for its body, box and other components.

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Polestar Performs for Electrified Volvos

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Volvo is making bold moves in electrification of its offerings.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE w/4Motion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

When you live in southeastern Michigan, there is something that has the wallpaper effect: it is there but you really don’t notice it.

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GT350 Get Improved Aero Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 11, 2018 at 4:54 PM

Although there’s more than a little something to be said to the contribution of the new Shelby GT350’s high-revving 5.2-liter , 526-hp V8 (the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever), a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and specially developed (as in tread pattern and compound) Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires vis-à-vis the track performance of the 2019 model.

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Cadillac Super Cruise Explained

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 11, 2018 at 6:26 AM

Although there is a lot of talk about “autonomy” and “hands-free driving,” when you get right down to it, there is more verbiage than there is reality.

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Audi and 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 08, 2018 at 6:37 AM

“Design is one of the most important buying decisions for Audi customers,” says the company’s Dr. Tim Spiering, who continues, “therefore it’s crucial we adhere to supreme quality standards during the design and concept phase of vehicle development.”

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GM and Honda Collaborating on EV Batteries

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 07, 2018 at 8:55 AM

In 2003, Saturn Corporation wanted to provide an additional reason for people to buy its compact crossover, the Vue, so execs at Saturn did something that was almost unthinkable at the time: To create the high-performance Saturn Vue Red Line they turned to Honda to provide a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6.

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Camaro Z/28 Meets 2019 Silverado HD

June 06, 2018 at 3:12 PM

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD/5500HD/6500HD trucks are each powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with 350 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque and Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO) option.

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Designing the 2019 Ram 1500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
 

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Avalon Advances

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Although sedan sales may be dropping, Toyota is still holding strong in the segment and 
is offering an all-new Avalon to bolster its position.

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