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.

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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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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