Automotive Engineering

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

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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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:45 AM

The Detroit Free Press is a morning newspaper.

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What the VW ID. BUGGY Indicates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Volkswagen will be presenting a concept, the ID. BUGGY, a contemporary take on a dune buggy, based on the MEB electric platform that the company will be using for a wide array of production vehicles, at the International Geneva Motor Show.

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Is the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE a Transformer?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2019 at 11:02 AM

As fans of the “Transformer” franchise know, one of the robots, Bumblebee, is a Camaro, which leads me to wonder whether the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE is an Autobot.

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Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Yazaki Creates Clever Terminal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Even though there are plenty of things that people take for granted and consequently that that’s just the way things are, innovative thinking can change them, significantly.

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North American International Auto Show from the Inside

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Although the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that’s going on in Detroit right now will be the last held in January, and although there was a lot of pre-show news generated about the absence of such brands as Mercedes and BMW, just to name two of those that decided to forego exhibiting, the 2019 NAIAS wasn’t without some notable introductions.

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What Is Continental Doing with ~10,000 Engineers?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2019 at 5:46 AM

Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”

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McLaren 600LT Spider: A Study in Composite Rigidity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM

McLaren Automotive is busy building—hand assembling at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England—members of its Longtail (LT) vehicle lineup, including the new 600LT Spider.

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2019 NACTOY: How We Got There

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 15, 2019 at 6:17 AM

The North American International Car, Truck and Utility (NACTOY) Awards were presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday.

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