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.

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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2016 Honda Pilot AWD Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2016 at 5:22 AM

One of the better ways to get a sense of the overall segment competitiveness of a vehicle is to talk with someone who makes his or her living selling vehicles of a different brand.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 4x4 Double Cab

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 21, 2016 at 5:38 AM

The thing about the Toyota Tacoma is that it is built for banging around, and it is not sorry.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 19, 2016 at 5:36 AM

According to an estimate from Inside EVs, a web publication dedicated to all things electric vehicle, there were an estimated 1,360 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrids delivered during the first half of 2016.

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Creating the 2017 Buick LaCrosse

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2016 at 5:13 AM

The Buick LaCrosse has been Buick’s top-line car since it was introduced in 2004 as a 2005 model sedan.

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