Automotive Materials

Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

Rolls Names SUV: Cullinan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 13, 2018 at 9:02 AM

As you can undoubtedly tell by looking at (a) the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and (b) the configuration of the grille, this is obviously a Rolls-Royce: And you are probably wondering about two things as well: (a) given that paisley paint scheme, it seems as though this is some sort of John Lennon edition Rolls, and (b) why is it in the dirt and not on Bond Street or somewhere else more fitting?

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Buy a McLaren with Bitcoin

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2018 at 6:07 AM

We’re not exactly sure how much each of the 10 vehicles crafted by McLaren Special Operations, 10 MSO X cars that are inspired by the McLaren 570S GT4 race car, vehicles that were built to order by McLaren Newport Beach, retailed for, but we have a couple of clues that indicate that it would be fair to say “a lot.” That is, while consulting the website for McLaren Newport Beach we saw that they had on offer a 2016 675LT.

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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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Adient: Lighten Up and Fly

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 8:51 AM

Seating supplier Adient is assiduously working to reduce the weight of seats.

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Tech Watch: January 2018

By: Scott Anderson - January 08, 2018 at 3:09 PM

DSM Commits to Toyota Motorsport The racetrack has long been a test bed for 3D printing and related technology.

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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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Aston Martin, James Bond & A Lot About True Luxury

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 18, 2017 at 6:05 AM

If someone said to you: “Quick, name me three luxury car brands,” you would probably answer something like, “BMW, Lexus and Cadillac” or “Mercedes, Infiniti and Lincoln.” And if you were to ask Simon Sproule to name three, none of those six would make the list.

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2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM

No matter how you look at it, a minivan is a family vehicle.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Inside Story

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 6:40 AM

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee came out, there were some of the Jeep faithful that had a hard time believing their eyes, as here was a vehicle that looked exceedingly avant garde, even though it was still a Jeep.

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New Weatherstripping Materials Launched

November 29, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Three new materials for weatherstrip applications have been developed by Dow Elastomers.  The NORDEL EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer) materials can be used in sealing applications including car doors, glass and window, and truck and hood seals.

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Printing Prototypes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Skorpion Engineering, an Italian firm with operations in both Milan and Turin, is deploying 3D printers from Stratasys to produce complex prototypes 50 percent faster than it was able to do when it was using clay modeling to produce components.

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