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 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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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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