Automotive Engineering

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

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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Biermann Heading Hyundai Motor Group R&D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Albert Biermann had been vice president of Engineering for BMW M; in the spring of 2015 he joined the Hyundai Group, where he headed Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

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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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Ford Advancing Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:31 PM

To assure that the company maintains its capabilities, relevance and leading-edge know-how in manufacturing, Ford has spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit.

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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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NACTOY Finalists Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 11:21 PM

The finalists for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards were announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, and because the choices are essentially based on choices predicated on design and engineering (after all, as the jurors drive the vehicles, it isn’t an issue of sales or marketing), the selections of the three finalists in each category can be considered among the best in class when it comes to those two functions.

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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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Audi and Airbus Take Flight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 27, 2018 at 9:15 AM

“Flying taxis are on the way.” Which sounds like a statement that one might hear from some futurist who is standing on a podium wearing a jumpsuit that appears as though it was sourced from Starfleet Command.

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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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The Next Range Rover Evoque

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 24, 2018 at 3:17 PM

“When the Range Rover Evoque made its debut back in 2010, it transformed the world of compact SUVs; the new model is set to continue that remarkable journey.

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Range Rover Evoque Wired

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Today the new Range Rover Evoque is being introduced in London but if you live in the U.S., you’re undoubtedly too busy with turkey, football and napping, undoubtedly in that order, and so have little, if any interest, in taking a deep dive into anything other than another serving of stuffing.

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