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.

Tesla Model 3: Piece-by-Piece Munro Analysis

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 23, 2018 at 6:45 AM

The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.

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Ford Going Fast

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Ford estimates that SUV sales could be half of all retail sales in the U.S. by 2020.

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Engineering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 16, 2018 at 6:13 AM

The Jeep Cherokee, which was launched in its current manifestation as a model year 2014 vehicle, and which has just undergone a major refresh for MY 2019, is nothing if not a solid success.

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New Turbo Camaro Launched

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 09, 2018 at 8:18 PM

According to Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Camaro, “We have a lot of engineers who come to our company because they want to work on the Corvette and the Camaro.” Speaking of the development of the Gen 6 Camaro, which is the current version, “My Camaro team worked very closely with the GT4 Camaro team.” Meaning that there was a whole lot of racing technology thought of even for Camaros that will go no faster than a few miles per hour above the speed limit on a freeway.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 04, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1870; the 1954 film version staring James Mason as Captain Nemo came to mind while driving the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Tofino: Another EV Under Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 30, 2018 at 6:39 AM

A car company based in Vancouver, Canada?

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GMC Going Off-Road with AT4

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 27, 2018 at 4:03 PM

Although the 2019 GMC Sierra has yet to be released, the folks at what is arguably General Motors most-powerful brand (yes, Chevy handily outsells it, but when you look at the total sales numbers for 2017, GMC, which is second in terms of units delivered, is the only one of the GM U.S. brands—also including Buick and Cadillac—that finished the year up over its performance in 2016: a plus sign in front of its performance, not a minus), the brand that has created a massively popular and prosperous Denali sub-brand, are at it again, launching what will probably give some folks over in Auburn Hills a slight case of the nerves: GMC has announced the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4, which is an off-road intensive version of the light-duty pickup.

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TourX: That’s a Buick?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 26, 2018 at 6:20 AM

One of the best, most stylish vehicles available in the U.S. market last year was the Buick Regal.

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Ford Amps Up Fusion for 2019

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2018 at 3:18 PM

In 2017, according to its own figures, Ford sold 209,623 Fusions in the U.S.

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Polestar: 7,000 Deposits and Counting

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 16, 2018 at 6:24 AM

One of the things that is phenomenal about Tesla is the fact that the company has managed to get hundreds of thousands of people to put deposits on vehicles that they will take delivery of at some point in the future.

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All About Achates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2018 at 7:51 AM

David Johnson, president and CEO of Achates Power, knows that opposed-piston (OP) engines aren’t exactly new things.

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2018 Kia Stinger GT2 AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 07, 2018 at 6:07 AM

The Kia Stinger was a finalist for the 2018 North American International Car of the Year Awards.

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