Automotive Engineering

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

Kevin Hunter & the Transformation of Toyota Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Arguably there is no auto company in the world that is literally redrawing the profiles in its massive portfolio of vehicles than Toyota Motor Corp. And Kevin Hunter, president of Calty, is a key part of that transformation.

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Three Guys Walk into a Studio. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 02, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At this year’s Detroit Auto Show—officially known as the “North American International Auto Show,” and not just because it is across the river from Canada—there were several new vehicle introductions, as is the case with auto shows.

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VinFast: A Vietnamese Auto Startup Living Up to Its Name

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 31, 2018 at 9:14 AM

A Vietnamese start-up auto company is doing what it name implies: VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company Limited is going exceedingly fast in vehicle development.

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Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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Lincoln Aviator Announced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 28, 2018 at 5:26 AM

The Lincoln Motor Company has unveiled a three-row crossover, a pre-production execution (which means that details are still publicly scant, as the company prepares to build the vehicle: they haven’t even announced what model year it will be, only that it will be launched next year), named the Aviator.

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GMC Going Off-Road with AT4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 27, 2018 at 4:03 PM

Although the 2019 GMC Sierra has yet to be released, the folks at what is arguably General Motors most-powerful brand (yes, Chevy handily outsells it, but when you look at the total sales numbers for 2017, GMC, which is second in terms of units delivered, is the only one of the GM U.S. brands—also including Buick and Cadillac—that finished the year up over its performance in 2016: a plus sign in front of its performance, not a minus), the brand that has created a massively popular and prosperous Denali sub-brand, are at it again, launching what will probably give some folks over in Auburn Hills a slight case of the nerves: GMC has announced the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4, which is an off-road intensive version of the light-duty pickup.

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TourX: That’s a Buick?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 26, 2018 at 6:20 AM

One of the best, most stylish vehicles available in the U.S. market last year was the Buick Regal.

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How the Third-Gen VW Touareg Was Introduced Today

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 23, 2018 at 8:22 AM

When you think “Volkswagen,” you undoubtedly think “Germany.” It is clearly the quintessential German vehicle manufacturer, offering a broad range of vehicles ranging from the iconic Beetle to a full-size SUV like the Touareg.

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BMW and Toyota and FMCW Lidar

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2018 at 6:20 AM

This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.

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Ford Amps Up Fusion for 2019

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2018 at 3:18 PM

In 2017, according to its own figures, Ford sold 209,623 Fusions in the U.S.

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Mazda and Partners Developing a New Battery

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 19, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Mazda engineers have been working hard through their SKYACTIV Technology initiatives to develop vehicular systems and components that are so efficient that it is possible to achieve the kinds of fuel efficiency (and consequent reduced emissions) necessary to meet regulations without full electrification.

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Polestar: 7,000 Deposits and Counting

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2018 at 6:24 AM

One of the things that is phenomenal about Tesla is the fact that the company has managed to get hundreds of thousands of people to put deposits on vehicles that they will take delivery of at some point in the future.

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