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.

Saving the Manual (Sort Of)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 02, 2019 at 6:20 AM

Aston Martin has announced that the Vantage AMR, which is powered by a 503-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, is being equipped with a Graziano seven-speed manual transmission.

 

 

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2019 Lexus RC 350 F Sport AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 30, 2019 at 6:30 AM

The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” isn’t exactly the sort of thing that someone who writes for a living feels really happy about, but when it comes to the Lexus RC 350 F Sport, thousands of words, indeed.

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Bollinger Motors: The Craft Movement for the Auto Industry?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 29, 2019 at 6:43 AM

Robert Bollinger is not your typical guy with an industrial design degree from Carnegie Mellon. Although he had hoped to study automotive design, that wasn’t in the cards.

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2019 Subaru Forester Sport

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 26, 2019 at 6:33 AM

The sales performance of Subaru of America is absolutely astonishing by any measure.

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Rivian Gets Even More Money, Now From Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2019 at 8:39 AM

The electrification of automotive is serious business. This week it was announced that Ford is making a $500-million equity investment in Rivian.

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2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 23, 2019 at 8:52 AM

The week I am driving a Mazda CX-5, a Signature AWD version, Mazda North American Operations announced its first quarter sales. And while I look at the number, I really don’t understand them.

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The Return of Retro: Zero Labs’ Bronco EV & VW’s ID. BUGGY

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2019 at 10:33 AM

“I am proud to say, after three years and thousands of hours in development, we have created a meaningful production vehicle so unique that one look is all it takes to forever change the way we separate the relationship between our past and our future.”

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Lincoln Corsair Takes Flight

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2019 at 6:34 AM

“We wanted to create a dramatic, youthful Lincoln with terrific harmony.” And with the Corsair, they’ve accomplished what they set out to do.

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Bonding Batteries

April 03, 2019 at 12:51 PM

One of the growing demands in electric vehicle manufacturer is producing the cells and the battery packs into which the cells are assembled.

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Volkswagen Diesels in Germany

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 29, 2019 at 8:11 AM

The Volkswagen Group has established incentives for those who have Group vehicles that meet Euro 1 to Euro 5 standards and since August 2017, more than 300,000 have been traded in and replaced with new or used vehicles that meet the current Euro 6 standard.

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2019 Buick Enclave Avenir

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 22, 2019 at 7:47 AM

According to the folks at Buick, “The Enclave Avenir is Buick’s highest expression of luxury in an SUV.”  And the base price for the vehicle, including the $995 for delivery, is $54,495.

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD

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

The 2019 Chevy Blazer 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.  

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