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.

More Power for IndyCar in 2021

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 23, 2018 at 6:22 AM

It used to be that attendance figures for the Indianapolis 500 were never officially announced.

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Sixth-Gen Silverado Gets a Four (!)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 19, 2018 at 6:58 AM

What is undoubtedly the most remarkable moves in the Detroit Three pickup truck battle has been made by Chevrolet with its announcement that it is offering a 2.7-liter, 310-hp/348 lb-ft turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard on its high-volume LT and RST trim packages—and it so happens that not only does the engine have Active Fuel Management for cylinder deactivation and start/stop technology to better manage the fuel burned, but that 2.7-liter engine has just four cylinders.

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2018 at 6:54 AM

“As with the XF sedan, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast sweeping silhouette.”

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Autos Over There

May 15, 2018 at 6:00 AM

“Consumers need certainty about future policies towards different fuel types, including diesel, and a compelling package of incentives to deliver long-term confidence in the newest technologies.”

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2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2018 at 5:53 AM

Speaking of the Range Rover Velar, a midsize sport utility vehicle that is positioned in the brand’s lineup between the Evoque on the smaller side and the Range Rover Sport on the larger end, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover.

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Hats Off to Honda Manufacturing Flexibility!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 5:51 PM

When announcing its monthly U.S. sales for April, Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda sales, noted, “Even as we increase our sales of light trucks to record levels, we remain committed to delivering a balanced lineup of cars and light-truck offerings for our customers.” This was, perhaps, not particularly veiled shade at Ford, which had announced that it plans to phase out cars (with two exceptions) so as to concentrate on light trucks.

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Up Close

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 6:46 AM

The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.

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Cullinan: SUV, Car, Diamond

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Rolls-Royce has revealed the Cullinan today, which is its take on an SUV, except that it also describes the vehicle as an “all-terrain high-bodied car.” The face of the Cullinan is said to feature “the prominent brow of a Saxon warrior.” [Ahem.] One of the points that the company makes regarding the new vehicle is that it has, in its estimation, a three-box design, which generally means for those of us on this side of the Atlantic a trunk, or on the other side a boot, but either way there doesn’t seem to be that third box (but the company points out that there is a “rear partition wall” that separates the rear passengers from whatever cargo there might be packed away in the 560 liters (19.78 cubic-feet) of space behind that wall.

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The End of the ICE Age?

By: Paul Eichenberg - May 01, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Are we starting to see the signs of an “extinction level event” as future vehicle innovation accelerates?

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Volkswagen Going High with Electric Vehicle

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 01, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Volkswagen Group is on record indicating that it will be launching at least 30 battery electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025, which is not all that far away by any reckoning.

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2019 Lexus ES 350 Introduced

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 25, 2018 at 12:20 AM

The Lexus ES sedan is more than just an offering within the company’s lineup.

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2018 Lexus NX 300h

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2018 at 6:48 AM

While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.

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