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.

Pacifica Hybrid Explained

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 19, 2016 at 6:27 AM

Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.

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2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 14, 2016 at 6:49 AM

Last month at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg—an automotive theme park and education center created by Volkswagen Group, and which is not only a tourist destination but a delivery center for Germans who have ordered VWs—there was a presentation of “Vocho Teotihuacano.” As you may have noticed, the name of that artwork is in Spanish, not German.

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Lear’s Creative—and Productive—Approach

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2016 at 6:02 AM

When asked what the “secret sauce” is that makes the “Crafted by Lear” approach to next-generation automotive seating development distinctive, Jeneanne Hanley, Lear's vice president for Global Trim and Craftsmanship, has an interesting answer: “Glue.” No, she isn’t referring to a gelatinous adhesive.

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2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro tiptronic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 07, 2016 at 6:28 AM

Here’s something important to know about the 2017 Audi Q7 as it is a vehicle that seats seven and, consequently, is likely to carry passengers: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded it with the Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is the highest possible rating from IIHS for 2016.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia in Depth

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 05, 2016 at 5:48 AM

Say you’re looking for a premium sport sedan.

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2016 Audi TTS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 02, 2016 at 6:10 AM

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer who is well known in the design community for his 10 principles of good design.

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Ford EcoSport and Other Automotive Endeavors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2016 at 5:37 AM

If you were to look at Ford’s vehicle sales through October (according to Autodata) you’d discover that second to the F-Series, the vehicle with the greatest percent of overall U.S. market share is the Escape crossover (1.8 percent; the F Series, incidentally, is 4.6 percent). Then after the Escape is the Fusion at 1.6 percent, then the Explorer at 1.4 percent.

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Is Samsung More Clever Than Apple?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 15, 2016 at 6:07 AM

Admittedly, one would look at that question, think about the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, and think not.

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Magna and the Seating Study

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 09, 2016 at 5:27 AM

Chances are, when you think of “global ethnographic studies” you think of the United Nations or something.

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Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2016 at 4:26 AM

Bob Lutz says that a few years ago, his partner Gilbert Villarreal was interested in the Fisker Karma but not particularly taken with the hybrid powertrain.

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Leather Seat Source

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 03, 2016 at 6:23 AM

This is something that you ordinarily don’t have the opportunity to see, which is inside the Katzkin Leather factory.

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All About Acadia

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

One of the features of the 2017 GMC Acadia is, compared with the outgoing model, that it is some 700 pounds lighter.

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