Automotive Engineering

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

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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Why the Chevy Bison ZR2 Is Really Rugged

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Although you may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about steel, those who do know that there is a class of materials that are called “advanced high-strength steels” (AHSS) which make mere high-strength steels seem, well, not as strong.

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What Do Owners Want: AutoPacific Announces IVAs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 6:34 AM

One of the biggest questions that all product planners face is: What do people want?

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Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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Developing the 2018 Nissan Kicks

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The compact crossover segment is about to explode. And Nissan is going to be giving it a little Kicks.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

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Genesis Design and Creating the G70

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Talent and technology are certainly important, but not more so than having an essential focus on what is to be accomplished. The 2019 Genesis G70 is an example of how things can be done.

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Giorgetto Giugiaro and Italdesign

By: Daniel Sturges - August 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

It was interesting to see the new Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. It took me back to my early days of designing cars, when I thought Giorgetto Giugiaro was the best car designer in the world.

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Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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Realizing Autonomy

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 24, 2018 at 5:16 AM

The auto industry is at a place the likes of which it hasn’t been for about 100 years.  It's a place where technological forces are transforming what has largely been a mechanical paradigm to one wherein sensors and algorithms are essential.

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INFINTI QX50: Notable But Unexpected Feature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 16, 2018 at 8:52 AM

One of the more notable aspects of the new INFINITI QX50 isn’t what you think.

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The Structural Excellence of the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 15, 2018 at 5:07 AM

The 2019 Acura RDX has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+, and the structural soundness of the vehicle went a long way to achieving that.

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