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.

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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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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