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.

Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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Hennessey Engine: For Those Who Like Fast Metal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 6:57 AM

For those who like shiny machined metal, following are photos of the Hennessey Special Vehicle team-developed engine that will go into the Venom F5.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Mitsubishi Motors was, for the past several years, at least in the U.S., rapidly rolling toward irrelevance in the market, producing cars and crossovers that had a tough time of even evoking a “meh” from those who were actually able to find them.

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Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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INFINTI QX50: Notable But Unexpected Feature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 16, 2018 at 8:52 AM

One of the more notable aspects of the new INFINITI QX50 isn’t what you think.

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2018 Mazda6 Signature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2018 at 6:38 AM

When the 2014 Mazda6 was launched, the company proclaimed, “Design ingenuity is mysteriously absent among non-luxury mid-size sedans.

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Rimac C_2 Tour de Force

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2018 at 6:35 AM

The high-performance Genovation GXE got us to thinking about other cars with what can be described only as exotic technology and brought to mind the Rimac C_2 which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this year by Rimic Automobili, which is located in Croatia.

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2018 Buick Regal GS AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 02, 2018 at 6:33 AM

For those who grew up driving sedans, or for those who would like an experience that is unlike what’s provided by things with a high H-point, the Buick Regal GS is an intriguing proposition.

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Toyota Performs Kaizen for Hydrogen-Powered Big Rig

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2018 at 5:53 PM

Most of the time, unless you work at Toyota you don’t have the opportunity to see its vaunted kaizen in action.

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2019 Honda Insight: Smart, Stylish Sedan—And It’s a Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Honda’s unwavering commitment to the electrification of its lineup continues with the third-generation Insight.

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The Genovation GXE: >220 mph and Street Legal

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 23, 2018 at 6:26 AM

A 2019 Corvette Grand Sport has a starting price on the order of $66,950. The Genovation GXE, which is predicated on the Corvette Grand Sport, will set you back some $750,000.

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McLaren Senna: Remarkable Numbers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 3:52 PM

This is the first McLaren Senna delivered in North America, a car that was delivered to Michael Fux, who is described as an “entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector known for his eclectic taste”: The car’s emerald green body color is actually called “Fux Green” by McLaren Special Operations, which provided bespoke options on the vehicle for Mr.

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