Automotive Engineering

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

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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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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