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.

Tailoring SEAT Seats

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Last year SEAT sold nearly 470,000 vehicles, which is a solid number for the Spain-based member of the Volkswagen Group that exports approximately 80 percent of its production to some 80 countries around the world.

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2017 Mazda6 I Grand Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Admittedly, people are now buying more vehicles in the crossover category than in the car class.

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Kona, Powertrains and Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Hyundai Motor America is launching a B-segment crossover in the U.S., and John Juriga, Director of Powertrain, Hyundai-Kia Technical Center, talks about it on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.” Juriga points out that the Kona is based on an all-new platform and slots in the company’s CUV lineup below the Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

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2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 01, 2018 at 6:05 AM

The thing about the 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport: The head of a valet service at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve said to me as his associate handed me back the key fob (a hefty object, speaking to the fact that this is a substantial vehicle), “We don’t see many of these.” A couple days later, a locksmith in downtown Plymouth, who was making some keys for autofieldblog HQ (yes, there are still independent locksmiths that make keys for doors) looked out his window and said to me, “What’s that?” Neither of these probably make the people at Genesis all that happy, but in both cases the tone of voice indicated admiration, if not full-on interest.

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Byton: Electric, Level 3 and Conceptual—For Now

January 25, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Byton electric vehicle will have Level 3 autonomous capabilities at launch in 2019 and then will be able to have Level 4 integrated about a year later.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2018 at 6:16 AM

When I was growing up, my dad always bought sedans.

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The Rhino GX Executive SUV: Really

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Are you the sort of person who likes to roll in a vehicle that looks like it can withstand the impact of an FIM-92 Stinger missile yet like to have all of the comforts of a high-end vehicle?

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The 2018 Kia Stinger: Banishing the Whispers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 10:23 AM

Kia Motor America’s COO and EVP Michael Sprague knows that even though the company has put out award-winning cars that sometimes create whole new niches (he cites the Soul of 2009, which has gone on to become one of the company’s biggest selling marques—in 2016 it outsold all other vehicles in the lineup), there are still those whispers: “Yeah, but it’s still a Kia.” He believes the Stinger is going to put an end to that.

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Engineering Crossovers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 6:11 AM

According to Autodata, for 2017, the number of cars of all shapes and price points sold in the U.S. was 6,332,925.

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2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2018 at 6:34 AM

The thing about the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription: this all-new crossover from Sweden is the kind of vehicle that you want to be in when driving in and around Gothenburg, from which it hails, because it has the levels of comfort and capability that put you in good stead, regardless of the weather (although, oddly enough, as I am writing this it is 39 degrees F there and 14 degrees F here in Plymouth and there are several inches of snow on the ground, so don’t imagine that you need to go to Sweden to drive a vehicle that has what is described as “instant traction” all-wheel-drive (a BorgWarner Generation 5 coupling distributes torque as required based on on-going sensor inputs; as much as 50 percent of the torque can be distributed to the rear wheels when necessary). One of the things that you probably think about when you think “Volvo” is something that is imminently sensible.

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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 29, 2017 at 6:36 AM

The thing about the Chevy Colorado ZR2: If your idea of “off road” has something to do with parking on the lawn to attend a concert, you don’t need this truck.

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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

December 20, 2017 at 6:31 AM

The Acura TLX launched in 2014 as a 2015 model, the successor to the TL.

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