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.

The Globe from the Powertrain Perspective

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 01, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Although there are some who think that the internal combustion engine (ICE) is doomed, that it is gasping its last intake sequence and will soon be completely exhausted, James Martin, Senior Research Analyst, Powertrain and Compliance, IHS Markit, is not one of them.

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2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Numbers Released

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2019 at 9:59 AM

The aluminum mill in the Mustang Shelby GT500 really churns out some performance.

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2019 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2019 at 6:52 AM

“Is that the big one?” a colleague asked as we approached the 2019 GX 460 in a parking lot.

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2019 Mazda3 Sedan Premium FWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2019 at 6:17 AM

As Mazda pivots to “premium,” it is doing more than just talking about it, as the new Mazda3 proves.

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Cadillac Today and Tomorrow

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 31, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Cadillac isn’t underestimating the appeal of performance.

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2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD Advance

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 31, 2019 at 8:39 AM

One of the most significant things about the 2019 Acura RDX is something that most people are not going to know about.

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The Racing Special: Shelby Mustang GT350 & the Detroit Grand Prix

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 28, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Does anyone who has any interest in performance vehicles not want to learn more about the  2019 Shelby GT350 Mustang? Does anyone who has any interest in NASCAR or IndyCar not want to learn more about Team Penske, the team extraordinaire?  There’s more right here.

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Ford and Continuous Improvement for Hybrids

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 17, 2019 at 1:21 PM

Ford is no stranger to hybrids. Yet all things considered, it hasn’t seemed to be that engaged. And that’s changing in a big way.

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Designing the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 03, 2019 at 3:38 PM

When you’re going to have your fastest street-legal car, you’re making sure that it looks the part—and then some.

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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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