Automotive Engineering

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

Sixth-Gen Silverado Gets a Four (!)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 19, 2018 at 6:58 AM

What is undoubtedly the most remarkable moves in the Detroit Three pickup truck battle has been made by Chevrolet with its announcement that it is offering a 2.7-liter, 310-hp/348 lb-ft turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard on its high-volume LT and RST trim packages—and it so happens that not only does the engine have Active Fuel Management for cylinder deactivation and start/stop technology to better manage the fuel burned, but that 2.7-liter engine has just four cylinders.

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2018 at 6:54 AM

“As with the XF sedan, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast sweeping silhouette.”

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2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2018 at 5:53 AM

Speaking of the Range Rover Velar, a midsize sport utility vehicle that is positioned in the brand’s lineup between the Evoque on the smaller side and the Range Rover Sport on the larger end, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover.

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Hats Off to Honda Manufacturing Flexibility!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 5:51 PM

When announcing its monthly U.S. sales for April, Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda sales, noted, “Even as we increase our sales of light trucks to record levels, we remain committed to delivering a balanced lineup of cars and light-truck offerings for our customers.” This was, perhaps, not particularly veiled shade at Ford, which had announced that it plans to phase out cars (with two exceptions) so as to concentrate on light trucks.

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Up Close

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 6:46 AM

The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.

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Cullinan: SUV, Car, Diamond

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Rolls-Royce has revealed the Cullinan today, which is its take on an SUV, except that it also describes the vehicle as an “all-terrain high-bodied car.” The face of the Cullinan is said to feature “the prominent brow of a Saxon warrior.” [Ahem.] One of the points that the company makes regarding the new vehicle is that it has, in its estimation, a three-box design, which generally means for those of us on this side of the Atlantic a trunk, or on the other side a boot, but either way there doesn’t seem to be that third box (but the company points out that there is a “rear partition wall” that separates the rear passengers from whatever cargo there might be packed away in the 560 liters (19.78 cubic-feet) of space behind that wall.

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SABIC Offers Soft Touch for More Cost-Friendly Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2018 at 4:46 PM

One of the challenges faced by global OEMs is to provide soft-touch surfaces on interior trim panels.

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GM and Autodesk Advancing Design and Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2018 at 10:22 AM

General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed, but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.

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Toyota Research Institute Building Own Test Track

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 03, 2018 at 1:22 PM

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is continuing its methodical moves toward developing automated vehicle technology as it announced today that it has filed the paperwork to build a closed-loop test facility within a 1.5-mile oval test track at the Michigan Technical Resource Park in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, which is northwest of Toledo and pretty much a straight shot 40 miles down U.S. 23 from Ann Arbor.

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The Volvo XC40: A New SUV for a New Generation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2018 at 9:49 AM

Volvo Cars has been through a lot of changes in the past 20 years. And lately, it has been driving many changes based on its SPA and now CMA vehicle architectures.

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Domagoj Dukec Designs the Future at BMW

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2018 at 9:16 AM

The sub-brands for efficiency and performance both fall under Dukec’s design domain—and both are extremely important for BMW now and in the future.

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Designworks Works on Hyperloop Interior Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2018 at 6:41 AM

Do you ever go to the drive-through window in your bank and use one of those canisters that you put your checks, money, whatever in and then watch it shoot through a tube to the teller inside the building? (Yes, there are still tellers, ATMs notwithstanding.

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