Automotive Interiors

If the exterior gets them, the interior keeps them. So designers and engineers are paying more attention than ever on everything from the textures of the materials to the ergonomics of the switches. Spend some time in here.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Premium AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 14, 2017 at 5:35 AM

The Buick design team deserves the strongest of accolades for their work at transforming the appearance of the brand from one of, well something akin to “the last ride” to one of contemporary stylishness befitting of a the cohort of automotive customers who didn’t cast their first presidential ballot in 1968 or earlier.

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After Hours in the Second City

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2017 at 5:28 AM

The Chicago Auto Show is held each year at McCormick Place.

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Toyota TRD in City of the Big Shoulders

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 09, 2017 at 5:44 PM

For some reason, the Chicago Auto Show has the reputation of being the “truck show.” That is, if you’re going to be showing a new truck, don’t reveal it in Detroit, New York or LA, do it in Chicago.

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Ford Expedition: Bigger, Better

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2017 at 6:23 AM

If you’re going to introduce a new full-size SUV, you might as well do it in a place where there are more of them sold than anywhere else, says Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.

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2017 GMC Acadia AWD SLT-1

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2017 at 6:36 AM

It must strike some people as rather amusing that essentially every vehicle manufacturer in the known world—and probably also in parts unknown—is busy chasing the development of crossovers and sport utility vehicles.

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Engineering the 2017 Lincoln Continental

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Mike Celentino, is chief engineer for the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

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Chevy’s ZR2, Ford’s Apple Pick & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2017 at 5:54 AM

The forthcoming Chevy Colorado ZR2 is designed and engineered to be able to handle off-road situations of all types with aplomb.

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2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2017 at 6:49 AM

The 2017 Cadillac XT5 is the vehicle that Cadillac needs now in a way than it probably has never needed a vehicle more.

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Mustang Changes for 2018

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 20, 2017 at 6:37 AM

On Tuesday Ford unveiled—using the social media channels of actor Dwayne Johnson (this has got to unnerve some of the auto buff book editors)—the 2018 Mustang, which has undergone some modifications: under the hood (the 3.7-liter V6 is giving way to a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, and a 10-speed automatic is available), on the dash (a 12-inch, all-digital LCD screen is available for the dashboard), at the tires (12 wheel choices), on the chassis (MagneRide damper technology is being offered with the Mustang Performance Package), and on the exterior (three new paint colors). And while on the subject of the exterior, there are some notable changes—a lower, remodeled hood, repositioned hood vents, new upper and lower front grilles, LED front lights, revised LED taillamps, new rear bumper and fascia.

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2017 NACOTY: The Triumph of Design and Engineering

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2017 at 6:53 AM

The North American Car/Truck of the Year (NACTOY) Awards—which now also encompasses  Utilities—were presented yesterday at the North American International Auto Show to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Honda Ridgeline and Chrysler Pacifica.

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FCA Opens the Door to The Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2017 at 7:20 PM

FCA introduced a high-tech concept vehicle today, the Chrysler Portal, at the event previously known as the “Consumer Electronics Show,” now simply CES.

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2017 AMG C63 Coupe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

With the exception of Formula One fans, chances are that most people in the U.S. who think about “Mercedes-Benz” think “purveyor of luxury cars.” (Perhaps now “crossovers and SUVs” might be added to the descriptor, but somehow “Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” doesn’t seem to have a GLS as its payoff.) And should you say to some subset of people “AMG,” they know that that has something to do with “performance” variants of Mercedes vehicles.

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