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.

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 27, 2016 at 5:04 AM

If you say to someone “The Big Three,” chances are—at least if (1) they are involved in the auto industry or (2) aren’t involved but are of a certain age—they will say “Ford, GM and Chrysler.” One of the reasons why the Big Three tag became somewhat less descriptive was the rise of the companies that had their origins in Japan, the “Other Big Three,” Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

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2017 Kia Sportage SX FWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 25, 2016 at 5:01 AM

Let’s say that there are three buckets to put vehicle designs in.

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2016 Toyota RAV4 SE AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 19, 2016 at 5:49 AM

Light vehicle sales in Russia have been rather weak for the past several months, given all manner of issues ranging from a weak currency to the significant drop in oil prices.

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Engineering the Acura NSX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2016 at 5:43 AM

The 2017 Acura NSX is an engineering tour de force.

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On the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 26, 2016 at 5:54 AM

To say that the Equinox crossover is important to Chevrolet is to vastly understate the case.

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 22, 2016 at 5:33 AM

The Honda Accord is simply a really, really good car. (Yes, that’s not precisely a technical automotive description nor is it a highly sophisticated assessment, but when you get right down to it, normal people are in the market for midsize sedans like the Accord, and they are likely to be interested in the comparative levels of goodness of a car more than knowing about the 0 to 60 time or the way that it feels when carving through a curve.) We’ve already talked about it with another powertrain.

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With Great Material Come Great Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 21, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Automobile seats for the past several years have pretty much resembled...automobile seats.

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Engineering the Elio

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 19, 2016 at 5:56 AM

Elio Motors is something of a brash company.

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2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 09, 2016 at 5:08 AM

I remember the first time I saw Mazda’s KODO design language, with the sharp creases and surfaces that provided a sense of overall taut sheet metal and a notion that even a static object was moving. “Sure,” I thought. “That’s going to be considerably watered down to a certain pudding-like consistency by the time that it makes production.” Boy was I wrong.

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Creating Quality for Leather Interiors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 01, 2016 at 3:57 PM

Although more and more OEMs have leather trim packages for vehicles at all levels, you might be surprised to learn about how some of that material is processed.

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Developing the 2016 Mazda CX-9

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 01, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Mazda reckons that about 80 percent of its midsize three-row crossover will be sold in North America. So the development was executed in the U.S. by a group of people who are committed to real-world driving, not the stuff of window stickers and brochures.

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2016 Scion FR-S

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 19, 2016 at 4:26 AM

Let’s face it: Scion cars have, by and large been somewhat orthopedic in their design (the exception would be the tC, the exception that proves the rule as its stylishness gave it considerable attention and even credibility outside the expected audience), as in practical, straightforward.

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