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.

Creating a Record-Setting Porsche Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Thirty-five years and 31 days after Stefan Bellof set a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit, it was bested today by Timo Bernhard, who lapped the 12.94-mile course in 5 minutes, 19.55 seconds in the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, a time that was better than the late Bellof’s by 51.58 seconds.

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Dodge Launches Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2018 at 2:16 PM

“It’s a Hellcat possessed by a Demon,” Steve Beahm says quite simply.

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Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

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Creating an Electric Ford Transit

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 6:42 AM

You might be surprised to learn that there is presently a Ford Transit 350HD that is chock full of lithium-ion batteries that you can get right now that doesn’t come out of Dearborn but Loveland, Colorado.

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Polestar Performs for Electrified Volvos

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 13, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Volvo is making bold moves in electrification of its offerings.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE w/4Motion

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2018 at 7:00 AM

When you live in southeastern Michigan, there is something that has the wallpaper effect: it is there but you really don’t notice it.

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GM and Honda Collaborating on EV Batteries

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 07, 2018 at 8:55 AM

In 2003, Saturn Corporation wanted to provide an additional reason for people to buy its compact crossover, the Vue, so execs at Saturn did something that was almost unthinkable at the time: To create the high-performance Saturn Vue Red Line they turned to Honda to provide a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6.

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Designing the 2019 Ram 1500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
 

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Avalon Advances

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Although sedan sales may be dropping, Toyota is still holding strong in the segment and 
is offering an all-new Avalon to bolster its position.

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Designing the 2018 Hyundai Kona

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2018 at 4:15 PM

To expand its line of crossovers, Hyundai developed an all-new platform for its B-segment entry, the Kona. And the design team, led by Chris Chapman, set about to create a new look for the small vehicle in a growing category.

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Of Engines and Brakes and Even More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 04, 2018 at 6:09 AM

You’ve heard a lot about 48-volt systems for vehicles.

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2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2018 at 6:49 AM

As you may recall from a class that you once took once upon a time, argumentum ad populum is the fallacy that has it that because a lot of people have done or think something, it must be right or good.

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