Automotive Engineering

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

McLaren Senna: Remarkable Numbers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 3:52 PM

This is the first McLaren Senna delivered in North America, a car that was delivered to Michael Fux, who is described as an “entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector known for his eclectic taste”: The car’s emerald green body color is actually called “Fux Green” by McLaren Special Operations, which provided bespoke options on the vehicle for Mr.

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 High Country 4WD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 6:30 AM

What Is It? This is a heavy-duty crew-cab pickup that is powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel and a box sized (8-ft) and equipped (spray-on liner; moveable upper tiedowns) to handle the sorts of loads that are all about work and possibly recreation, if building full-size Egyptian pyramids happens to be your hobby.

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About Automobili Pininfarina

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 17, 2018 at 6:32 AM

In the Who’s Who of the Automotive Industry, Battista “Pinin” Farina, the man who created the design firm that carries his name, would undoubtedly have several pages, based on the remarkable designs the firm turned out (were such a volume to exist). Indeed, the Ferraris alone could fill up a book.

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From Chrysler to Citroën to Panhard & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 16, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Back in 1997, a group of Chrysler engineers (yes, it was still just “Chrysler” back then) set out to develop an innovative vehicle.

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2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 09, 2018 at 7:14 AM

There are two ways to consider the Chevy Bolt. One is the car. The other is the environment it exists in.

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2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 03, 2018 at 6:04 AM

While music is certainly associated with cars, I must admit that I’ve never had the experience of driving a Little Deuce Coupe, and while I’ve driven a red Corvette, I didn’t find it to be in the least bit little.

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Everything You Need to Know about the 2019 VW Jetta

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 02, 2018 at 6:34 AM

One of the things we earned by talking with Daniel Shapiro of Volkswagen of America is that the best-selling European nameplate in the U.S. market since 1980 is not something from BMW or Mercedes, but, perhaps not surprisingly, is a car from Volkswagen.

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Constellium Advances Aluminum Structures

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2018 at 11:48 AM

As designers and engineers look for weight reduction and design flexibility, aluminum can be an option. And this company can provide it for structural applications.

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Dodge Launches Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2018 at 2:16 PM

“It’s a Hellcat possessed by a Demon,” Steve Beahm says quite simply.

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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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