Automotive Powertrain

For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2019 at 7:20 AM

The thing about the 2019 Chevy Blazer: It is the most-complete Chevy I’ve ever driven, as in seemingly every detail of the crossover having been carefully considered and appropriately executed, from the front end that has a design the likes of which is absolutely rare in a category of vehicles that is getting more undifferentiated by the moment to even consideration given to the piping on the IP. (This and subsequent images: Chevrolet) Yes, there are those who consider the Blazer to be something of a Crossover Camaro, which I think misses the case (despite the interior borrowings from the Camaro) and really isn’t all that fair to the Camaro.

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The Death of the Internal Combustion Engine Is Greatly Exaggerated

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2019 at 7:24 AM

This week Volkswagen put the rest of the auto industry on notice that it would be the world leader in electric mobility in the not-too-distant future.

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Painting a McLaren

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2019 at 7:58 AM

The new McLaren 720S Spider by MSO: No, we’re not going to talk about the performance of the car that’s powered by a 710-hp, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.

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Seven Generations of Corvette—So Far

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 7:51 AM

This is the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the first model to be produced by General Motors. The first gen had a run until 1962.

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A New F-Series: Right-Sized

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2019 at 7:22 AM

Let’s face it: when most people think “Ford F Series” they have in mind the ubiquitous F-150.

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2019 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2019 at 7:12 AM

The Cadillac ATS-V couple is a small(ish) car with a big engine. As in a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 464 hp @ 5,850 rpm and 445 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm.

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Powertrain: Iron in Detroit

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - March 04, 2019 at 11:38 AM

At the North American International Auto Show, high-performance engines had a starring role.

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VW Puts a V8 Diesel in Flagship Touareg

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 8:39 AM

You might think that diesels are to Volkswagen are pretty much something that spoken about in the hallways of HQ in Wolfsburg.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 7:40 AM

The Wrangler is a machine. An exceedingly well-executed machine. Every element, from the exterior door hinges to the knurled surface on the gear shifter lever, is designed and built for purpose. And the purpose is transportation.

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What You Need to Know About Electric Powertrains Made Simple(ish)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 25, 2019 at 7:17 AM

The issue of electric vehicles is one that is perhaps of equal concern to OEMs and suppliers as autonomy, with the difference being that while autonomy is something that is still being developed (yes, there are a multitude of “advanced driver assistance systems,” short of Waymo running Pacificas in Arizona or Voyage running a test fleet of minivans at The Villages in Florida, there are still safety drivers and engineers rolling around on public roads in vehicles), there is a growing number of EVs out there and a whole lot more to come.

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GMC Acadia Adds an Engine—and an AT4 Package

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 21, 2019 at 8:58 AM

The 2020 GMC Acadia is getting a new grille and something being that grille that is notable, a 230-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that produces 258 lb-ft of torque.

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Diesels in German Audi Q8s

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 19, 2019 at 9:22 AM

Although diesel engines have fallen into some disrepute in the U.S. market for non-truck light vehicle applications, this is not the case, perhaps surprisingly, in Germany.

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