Automotive Engineering

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

What’s Nexo?

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

Hyundai has developed a hydrogen-powered vehicle that has the capability and the stylishness that might make people wonder why there aren’t more hydrogen stations.

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TRI to Launch New Automated Driving Test Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 2:08 PM

One of the advantages that the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has in its pursuit of developing automated driving technology is that it is part of Toyota.

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How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

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Portal Axles and 130 mph

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2019 at 8:08 AM

The G 500 4 x 42 was a special model developed by Mercedes that had a run from December 2015 to October 2017.

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The SOLO EV Is Really Being Built

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 28, 2018 at 7:23 AM

From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.

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2019 Genesis G70 RWD 2.0T Dynamic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2018 at 6:40 AM

The G70 is equipped with everything from a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system to a microfiber suede headliner, from full LED headlights to quilted front seats that are heated and cooled and rear seats that are heated, from a head-up display to a limited-slip rear differential.

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Continental, Element & B-pillars

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

At the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda introduced a concept, the Model X.

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Lincoln Continental Brings Back Design Cue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 17, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Some companies use cues from their past because contemporary ideas don’t seem to be working out so well.

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Magna Advances Seating Configurations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Magna International is focusing on electrification, autonomy and smart mobility. This is taking the form of things ranging from an electrified system for rear axles (eDrive 1.0) to a collaborative arrangement with Lyft, which includes the co-development and manufacture of self-driving systems.

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Biermann Heading Hyundai Motor Group R&D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Albert Biermann had been vice president of Engineering for BMW M; in the spring of 2015 he joined the Hyundai Group, where he headed Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

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2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Acura has long been the brand that isn’t said in the same breath with the companies with which it competes—and it is “long” as in the brand was launched in March 1986, making it the first Japanese luxury brand in the U.S. market, beating out both Lexus and Infiniti.

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Henry Payne Buys a Tesla Model 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Did you ever think about buying a Tesla Model 3, the car that has garnered hundreds of thousands of reservations and hundreds of thousands of more words from people anticipating and then, eventually, driving the vehicle?

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