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.

2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 01, 2018 at 6:05 AM

The thing about the 2018 Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport: The head of a valet service at a restaurant on New Year’s Eve said to me as his associate handed me back the key fob (a hefty object, speaking to the fact that this is a substantial vehicle), “We don’t see many of these.” A couple days later, a locksmith in downtown Plymouth, who was making some keys for autofieldblog HQ (yes, there are still independent locksmiths that make keys for doors) looked out his window and said to me, “What’s that?” Neither of these probably make the people at Genesis all that happy, but in both cases the tone of voice indicated admiration, if not full-on interest.

Read More

ZR1 @ VIR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2018 at 2:44 PM

According to Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, and a man who knows more than a little something about (1) production cars and (2) performance cars, calls the Grand Course West at the Virginia International Raceway “America’s most challenging road course.” Which is pertinent because a 2019 Corvette ZR1 set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile course earlier this month with Jim Mero, a vehicle dynamics engineer who was at VIR doing routine validation testing, at the wheel.

Read More

Byton: Electric, Level 3 and Conceptual—For Now

January 25, 2018 at 12:14 PM

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Byton electric vehicle will have Level 3 autonomous capabilities at launch in 2019 and then will be able to have Level 4 integrated about a year later.

Read More

2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL

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

When I was growing up, my dad always bought sedans.

Read More

The Rhino GX Executive SUV: Really

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 23, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Are you the sort of person who likes to roll in a vehicle that looks like it can withstand the impact of an FIM-92 Stinger missile yet like to have all of the comforts of a high-end vehicle?

Read More

Electric and Electrified

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Volvo Cars announced last July that starting in 2019 every car that it produces will have an electric motor.

Read More

Is This smart?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2018 at 6:49 AM

The Mall of America has 12,287 parking spaces, which are based in two seven-story ramps and two surface lots.

Read More

Engineering Crossovers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 08, 2018 at 6:11 AM

According to Autodata, for 2017, the number of cars of all shapes and price points sold in the U.S. was 6,332,925.

Read More

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 04, 2018 at 6:34 AM

The thing about the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription: this all-new crossover from Sweden is the kind of vehicle that you want to be in when driving in and around Gothenburg, from which it hails, because it has the levels of comfort and capability that put you in good stead, regardless of the weather (although, oddly enough, as I am writing this it is 39 degrees F there and 14 degrees F here in Plymouth and there are several inches of snow on the ground, so don’t imagine that you need to go to Sweden to drive a vehicle that has what is described as “instant traction” all-wheel-drive (a BorgWarner Generation 5 coupling distributes torque as required based on on-going sensor inputs; as much as 50 percent of the torque can be distributed to the rear wheels when necessary). One of the things that you probably think about when you think “Volvo” is something that is imminently sensible.

Read More

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 29, 2017 at 6:36 AM

The thing about the Chevy Colorado ZR2: If your idea of “off road” has something to do with parking on the lawn to attend a concert, you don’t need this truck.

Read More

2018 Acura TLX A-Spec

December 20, 2017 at 6:31 AM

The Acura TLX launched in 2014 as a 2015 model, the successor to the TL.

Read More

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2017 at 6:31 AM

No matter how you look at it, a minivan is a family vehicle.

Read More