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.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 16, 2017 at 5:42 AM

A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Ford Introduces an All-New Expedition: It’s On for Big SUVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 13, 2017 at 6:47 AM

The Ford Expedition—a full-size SUV if there ever was one—has been on the scene since model year 1997.

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Let’s Go Ride a Bike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 10, 2017 at 6:04 AM

Bicycling in Denmark is, to put it mildly, a way of getting to point A to point B far more often than one might imagine (assuming that one isn’t in that country): according to the Cycling Embassy of Denmark, 90 percent of Danes own a bike.

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Steel Not Standing Still

By: Ray Chalmers - November 08, 2017 at 3:43 PM

ArcelorMittal is making investments in advancing the state of steel—and steel-making.

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Röchling Advances Systems for Structures and Sensors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 08, 2017 at 11:29 AM

From battery protection to keeping sensors clean—Röchling is developing useful tech.

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“Drive Me to the Moon. . . .”

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 08, 2017 at 6:32 AM

While this snappy hounds-tooth checked seat may look like something that might have been in one of Frank Sinatra’s pads back in the day it is actually the Recaro Rallye, which is said to be the world’s first shell seat: there is a seat shell of fiberglass-reinforced resin formed to the contours of a body.

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Quick Look at an Advanced Wheel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2017 at 5:42 AM

Although aftermarket wheels are not something we generally look at here, ADV7.2 CF.2 Advanced Series from ADV.1 that was introduced last week at SEMA deserves a glance at the very least for the simple reason that it is an exemplary exercise in materials engineering.

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Honda’s Most Powerful U.S. Engine—in a Crate

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 02, 2017 at 6:28 AM

Honda is an engine company.

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2018 Lexus LC 500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 31, 2017 at 5:57 AM

For most reviews of vehicles, there is an opening remark of some sort, positioning the car in a larger context, like, “Oftentimes vehicle manufacturers show cars that are meant to be indicative of the thinking that’s going on inside their organizations, cars that are often highly imaginative, as though the stylists were told to knock it out of the park and so they do their very best.

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Engineering a Superbike

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 27, 2017 at 6:36 AM

When it comes to remarkable vehicular engineering, it is often hard to find something that is more superbly executed than a motorcycle, particularly something that is in the superbike category.

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Honda and BMW Awarded for Body Engineering

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 26, 2017 at 6:36 AM

Word out of Bad Nauheim, Germany, where the EuroCarBody 2017, the 19th Global Car Body Benchmarking Conference, was recently held, is that Honda and BMW both took top ranking in their categories in the EuroCarBody Awards.

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Light Bike

October 11, 2017 at 3:41 PM

The Hummingbird is a carbon-fiber intensive, hand-built, folding bike that weighs a mere 6.9 kg.

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