Automotive Engineering

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

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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The New Explorer & Everything That’s Old Is. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2019 at 2:20 PM

As we await the sixth-generation 2020 Ford Explorer, it is interesting to note how there are some things coincident with its past and today. 2020 Ford Explorer The first two generations of the vehicle, which was launched in 1990, were based on the Ford Ranger platform. 2019 Ford Ranger The Ranger went out of production at the end of 2011.

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Exceedingly Important Mobility

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 10:20 AM

When people related to the auto industry talk about “mobility,” typically this has something to do with some ride hailing service or new logistics-based app.

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Engineering the Tesla Model 3. And More.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Generally, the people who do competitive benchmarking via comprehensive teardowns don’t become particularly well known.

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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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