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 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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Really Fast VW Jetta

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 27, 2018 at 6:51 AM

People like cars that go fast—really fast, as in setting land speed records, as a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta did at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a record in the Southern California Timing Association’s Blown Gas Coupe class (no, we didn’t know there was such a thing, either), 210.16 mph, besting the previous record of 208.472 mph.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 25, 2018 at 6:50 AM

The thing about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is that it comes with a certain pedigree that most people are probably unaware of.

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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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