Automotive Engineering

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

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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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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