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.

Craftsmanship, Autonomy and a Transformed Industry

October 11, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Dr. Rose Ann Ryntz, vice president, Advanced Development and Material Engineering, IAC, thinks that the autonomous transformation isn’t going to happen quite as soon as some think (and probably in Europe before the U.S.), but when it does, there will be non-trivial changes to the structure of the auto industry.

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Light Vehicles and How They Got That Way

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 11, 2017 at 12:47 PM

The approach that is clearly being taken by engineers to create vehicles is to use the right materials in the right places. The time of a single dominant material is gone and unlikely ever to return.

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Multiple Choices for Light, High-Performance Chassis

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - October 11, 2017 at 9:20 AM

How carbon fiber is utilized is as different as the vehicles on which it is used. From full carbon tubs to partial panels to welded steel tube sandwich structures, the only limitation is imagination.

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The CTS-V Limited Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 23, 2017 at 4:11 PM

While there is nothing definitive, it seems that Cadillac’s head Johan de Nysschen is going to transform the lineup of sedans that the GM division has on offer, retaining the CT6 but replacing the ATS and CTS and doing something (eliminate?) the XTS.

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Handcrafting the Infiniti Prototype 9

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 17, 2017 at 5:55 AM

The Infiniti Prototype 9, which is going to be part of the marque’s exhibit at this weekend’s 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that although this has the look of the 1940s, it has powertrain technology of right now: it features a 120-kW electric motor that’s powered by a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Nissan’s Advanced Powertrain Department.

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Tires from a Shrub

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 15, 2017 at 6:12 AM

Tires, by and large, are made from rubber.

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2017 Kia Niro Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2017 at 6:28 AM

What surprised me about the Kia Niro was not the 47 mpg that I achieved without trying.

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Cylinder Coating for Improved Performance

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 08, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Generally, when OEMs produce aluminum engine blocks (aluminum rather than cast iron because cast iron weighs like cast iron), they insert sleeves into the piston bores—cast iron sleeves.

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Lighten Up: Aluminum Advances

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 01, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Yes, there are aluminum-intensive vehicles like the F-150. But thanks to advances being made, it is likely there will be more aluminum used even in mixed-material vehicles.

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About the Honda Odyssey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Chad Harrison is the LPL for the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan.

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The Bollinger B1: An Electric Sport Ute

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2017 at 6:08 AM

The Bollinger Motors B1 has been revealed.

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Breaking Down the Chevy Bolt

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 17, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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