Automotive Engineering

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

Volkswagen Going High with Electric Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 01, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Volkswagen Group is on record indicating that it will be launching at least 30 battery electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025, which is not all that far away by any reckoning.

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Mahindra Automotive in America

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 30, 2018 at 6:15 AM

Rick Haas has an impressive automotive resume, having held positions at Ford and Tesla and currently as the president and CEO of Mahindra Automotive North America.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 Introduced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2018 at 12:20 AM

The Lexus ES sedan is more than just an offering within the company’s lineup.

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2018 Lexus NX 300h

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2018 at 6:48 AM

While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.

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Tesla Model 3: Piece-by-Piece Munro Analysis

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 23, 2018 at 6:45 AM

The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.

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Ford Going Fast

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Ford estimates that SUV sales could be half of all retail sales in the U.S. by 2020.

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Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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SUR/FIN in Cleveland

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

If you’re involved in surface finishing (yes, we are getting rather specific and technical here), as in processes including plating, polishing, anodizing and coating, for purposes ranging from corrosion and abrasion resistance to thermal management, then you really ought to consider traveling to Cleveland June 4 to 6 to attend an event hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), SUR/FIN.* According to NASF, surface finishing is a $28-billion industry, and auto is a significant part of that.

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New Turbo Camaro Launched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2018 at 8:18 PM

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

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Looking at the 2019 Malibu

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 06, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Brian Smith, exterior design manager for Chevrolet passenger cars and crossovers, says that the 2019 Malibu has undergone “what we call an MCM—a midcycle major, a refresh, including a new front fascia, grilles, lighting, new taillamps on rear for up level trims, new rear fascia lower and new exhaust tips that we’ve pulled to the corners, to stretch them out a little bit. “The overall goal for us was to make the car more premium.” Malibu Premier And the top trim level Malibu is called the “Premier,” so the premium-ness is part and parcel of the fundamental vehicle itself.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Albaisa Talks Xmotion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 03, 2018 at 10:55 AM

One thing that is becoming rare is a fully realized concept car, as most OEMs are opting for something along the lines of “production intent.” Not Nissan. And the result is rather impressive.

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