Automotive Engineering

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

GMC Acadia Adds an Engine—and an AT4 Package

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2019 at 8:58 AM

The 2020 GMC Acadia is getting a new grille and something being that grille that is notable, a 230-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that produces 258 lb-ft of torque.

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Engineering the 2020 Cadillac XT6

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 18, 2019 at 7:53 AM

Cadillac currently has three non-car vehicles in its lineup, the imposing and possibly venerable Escalade, the XT5, which started its existence as the SRX and is now crushing it in the market, and the most recent, the compact XT4, which is in a sweet spot for those looking to get into the premium portion of the market.

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A Really, Really Quick MINI Coming Next Year

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2019 at 7:15 AM

One of the challenges that MINI faces is that when the brand was resurrected by BMW in 2000-2001, small cars actually had market appeal and the MINI Hardtop of that period was nothing if not appealing.

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SEAT and the Future of Transportation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2019 at 7:13 AM

Last fall, SEAT, the Martorell-based vehicle manufacturer that is part of the Volkswagen Group, launched the SEAT eXS powered by Segway.

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2019 Kia K900

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 7:44 AM

In the luxury vehicle space, the use of nouns, by and large, has been replaced by alphanumerics.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Continues in a Limited Manner (& More)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2019 at 10:51 AM

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a carbon fiber monocoque and an aluminum chassis, which contribute to a 10.4 power-to-weight ratio, meaning that its all-aluminum, 237-hp direct injected turbocharged engine doesn't’t have a heck of a lot of mass to move (curb weight: 2,487 pounds), so there is a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, which is rather attention grabbing should you be one of the two occupants, as the overall length of the car is just 157 inches, or about the distance traveled for an average-sized person taking five steps.

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Ford and Yakima: What This Means

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Until model year 2010 Ford offered the Bronco, Explorer, Expedition, and Excursion vehicles with an Eddie Bauer trim package. But that’s so early 21st century.*

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Ram 1500 Engages the Tailgate Battle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2019 at 9:02 AM

The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup was named the North American Truck of the Year by the NACTOY jury.

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2019 Lexus UX F SPORT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2019 at 6:58 AM

If you write something with a program like Word you have the opportunity of having it check your document for spelling errors and allow you to fix them if they really are erroneous (it always wants to change CAFE into something that has to do with dining rather than fuel efficiency metrics, so be careful), as well as provide you with advice vis-à-vis your grammar.

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2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2019 at 8:44 AM

One of the objectives of the development team for the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer is to provide a quiet cabin.

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Developing the 2019 Toyota RAV4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Outside of a pickup truck, there is no vehicle that’s sold in greater units than the Toyota RAV4. So when they developed the new generation, they had a whole lot to consider.

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Assembling the VW ID.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The transformation is underway at Volkswagen to become a preeminent producer of electric vehicles. And it is happening in a big way in Zwickau, Germany.

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