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.

Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Engineering the Tesla Model 3. And More.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Generally, the people who do competitive benchmarking via comprehensive teardowns don’t become particularly well known.

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What’s Nexo?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Hyundai has developed a hydrogen-powered vehicle that has the capability and the stylishness that might make people wonder why there aren’t more hydrogen stations.

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How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

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Portal Axles and 130 mph

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 02, 2019 at 8:08 AM

The G 500 4 x 42 was a special model developed by Mercedes that had a run from December 2015 to October 2017.

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Aston Martin to Launch “Heritage EV” Program

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 26, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer: “We are very aware of the environmental and social pressures that threaten to restrict the use of classic cars in the years to come. Our Second Century Plan not only encompasses our new and future models, but also protects our treasured heritage. I believe this not only makes Aston Martin unique, but a truly forward-thinking leader in this field.”

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2019 Genesis G70 RWD 2.0T Dynamic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 21, 2018 at 6:40 AM

The G70 is equipped with everything from a 15-speaker Lexicon sound system to a microfiber suede headliner, from full LED headlights to quilted front seats that are heated and cooled and rear seats that are heated, from a head-up display to a limited-slip rear differential.

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2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Acura has long been the brand that isn’t said in the same breath with the companies with which it competes—and it is “long” as in the brand was launched in March 1986, making it the first Japanese luxury brand in the U.S. market, beating out both Lexus and Infiniti.

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Henry Payne Buys a Tesla Model 3

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 10, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Did you ever think about buying a Tesla Model 3, the car that has garnered hundreds of thousands of reservations and hundreds of thousands of more words from people anticipating and then, eventually, driving the vehicle?

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Jeep Goes Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2018 at 6:31 AM

According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand-North America, Jeep is the most-recognized vehicle on the planet, and while he is probably more than somewhat biased in this assessment, he is also probably right.

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About the 2020 Lincoln Aviator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM

Successful vehicles tend to be those that are available on a global basis, and increasingly, those vehicles tend to be in the SUV segment writ large.

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2019 Honda Insight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 26, 2018 at 6:41 AM

One of the things that rarely gets the amount of attention that it should in a typical “car review” is the fact that for a considerable amount of time drivers are not “getting on the throttle” because for a considerable number of drivers, they’re “dwelling on the binders,” a.k.a., sitting with their foot depressed on the brakes, perhaps lifting every now and then in order to nudge forward in traffic.

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