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.

2018 Jaguar E-PACE First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2018 at 6:10 AM

The thing about the Jaguar E-PACE is that although this compact sport utility vehicle is said to have been inspired by the F-TYPE, which is a stunningly styled sports car, it seems that the E-PACE, blather about shared DNA notwithstanding, doesn’t have the punch nor the panache that the F-TYPE does, which may say more about the styling limits of the SUV form than it does the E-PACE in particular.

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Toyota Goes for Baroque: The 2020 Corolla Unveiled

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 15, 2018 at 11:52 PM

Somehow, apparently, they missed the memo.

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2018 Nissan Kicks

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 15, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Think, for a moment, about the nomenclature of Nissan products.

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2019 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 06, 2018 at 6:47 AM

Back in the late ‘90s, Toyota has an internal research organization named the “genesis group.” An objective was to discern not only what the OEM’s existing customers were interested in, but also what the emerging generations would like Eventually it gave rise to Scion, but in the interim it noted that the company offered an array of vehicles ranging from the ECHO to the Celica.

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Engineering the GM Full-Size Truck

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 05, 2018 at 6:11 AM

Through the third quarter of 2018 General Motor delivered 424,403 Chevrolet Silverados and 152,242 GMC Sierras, for a total of 576,645 pickups, which is a big number, but given that there is another quarter to go before the books are closed on 2018, the numbers are going to end up much, much higher.

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On the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The fourth-generation of this compact crossover is improved, enhanced and optimized inside and out.

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2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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TPE Checks the Boxes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 02, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Plastics supplier KRAIBURG has developed a thermoplastic elastomer lineup—the VS/AD/HM series within the THERMOLAST K suite—that checks the boxes of scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical compatibility and UV stability. 

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2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

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Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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Hyundai Makes Major Mods to 2019 Elantra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 23, 2018 at 6:18 AM

Although the common wisdom seems to be that sedans have had it and everything is going crossover, Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America, points out that while the sales of sedans may be declining, they still represent a non-trivial number of sales in the market.

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