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.

A Really, Really Quick MINI Coming Next Year

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2019 at 7:15 AM

One of the challenges that MINI faces is that when the brand was resurrected by BMW in 2000-2001, small cars actually had market appeal and the MINI Hardtop of that period was nothing if not appealing.

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2019 Kia K900

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2019 at 7:44 AM

In the luxury vehicle space, the use of nouns, by and large, has been replaced by alphanumerics.

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What Is the Future of Powertrains?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 11, 2019 at 6:59 AM

There were massive reverberations late last year when it was reported that Volkswagen plans to develop no new internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms after 2026.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Continues in a Limited Manner (& More)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 08, 2019 at 10:51 AM

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a carbon fiber monocoque and an aluminum chassis, which contribute to a 10.4 power-to-weight ratio, meaning that its all-aluminum, 237-hp direct injected turbocharged engine doesn't’t have a heck of a lot of mass to move (curb weight: 2,487 pounds), so there is a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, which is rather attention grabbing should you be one of the two occupants, as the overall length of the car is just 157 inches, or about the distance traveled for an average-sized person taking five steps.

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2019 Lexus UX F SPORT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 06, 2019 at 6:58 AM

If you write something with a program like Word you have the opportunity of having it check your document for spelling errors and allow you to fix them if they really are erroneous (it always wants to change CAFE into something that has to do with dining rather than fuel efficiency metrics, so be careful), as well as provide you with advice vis-à-vis your grammar.

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2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2019 at 8:44 AM

One of the objectives of the development team for the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer is to provide a quiet cabin.

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The Incredible Impact of Electrification

By: Paul Eichenberg - February 04, 2019 at 12:30 PM

There is no denying that vehicle electrification will change the automotive industry. In fact, it can be argued that electrification will be the biggest disruption in the history of the automotive industry.

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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:45 AM

The Detroit Free Press is a morning newspaper.

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What the VW ID. BUGGY Indicates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Volkswagen will be presenting a concept, the ID. BUGGY, a contemporary take on a dune buggy, based on the MEB electric platform that the company will be using for a wide array of production vehicles, at the International Geneva Motor Show.

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Is the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE a Transformer?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 30, 2019 at 11:02 AM

As fans of the “Transformer” franchise know, one of the robots, Bumblebee, is a Camaro, which leads me to wonder whether the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE is an Autobot.

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Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Engineering the Tesla Model 3. And More.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 07, 2019 at 6:15 AM

Generally, the people who do competitive benchmarking via comprehensive teardowns don’t become particularly well known.

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