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 Ford Mustang: Need We Say More?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2017 at 6:23 AM

The “refresh” of the 2018 Mustang is like getting doused with a bucket of ice-cold water in the Sahara: it is nothing if not absolutely bracing.

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Nissan Launches a New Leaf

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 9:46 PM

While we’ve often pointed out in this space that one of the challenges of moving toward electric vehicles (EVs)—as in full, battery-electric vehicles, not “electrified,” which can be a 48-volt system or a hybrid or some variation there of—is that there needs to be the creation of an infrastructure.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: The Inside Story

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2017 at 6:40 AM

When the 2014 Jeep Cherokee came out, there were some of the Jeep faithful that had a hard time believing their eyes, as here was a vehicle that looked exceedingly avant garde, even though it was still a Jeep.

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The London Cab: Where Tradition Intersects with Contemporaneity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 30, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Even if you’ve never been to London, you undoubtedly know what a black cab looks like. Geely Design Barcelona recently took on the challenge of creating a new one.

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Lincoln Launches the Nautilus

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Lincoln is vigorously changing the offerings in its showroom both through launching all-new vehicles like the 2018 Navigator and by doing extensive refreshes of existing products, most recently with the forthcoming 2019 Lincoln Nautilus, a five-passenger midsize SUV, formerly known as the Lincoln MKX.

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2018 Kio Rio EX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 28, 2017 at 6:49 AM

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the U.S. is $57,617.

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GMC Concept Takes on the Snow

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2017 at 2:50 PM

As everyone knows, concept vehicles are generally cool, and the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept takes that temperature metaphor to the next level, as it has replaced its 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels with Mattracks 150 Series Tracks that have been given a GMC Red finish.

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CUVs and a Celebration

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 20, 2017 at 6:11 AM

Presently, Hyundai has two crossover models on the U.S. market, the Tucson and the Santa Fe (with this vehicle coming in two- and three row versions, with the former being named the “Santa Fe Sport,” so it could be argued that it has 2.5 models on the market). But last week Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America, announced that the company is going to not only multiply the number of CUVs it will offer, but provide a range of powertrain types, as well.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 16, 2017 at 5:42 AM

A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.

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Ford Introduces an All-New Expedition: It’s On for Big SUVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 13, 2017 at 6:47 AM

The Ford Expedition—a full-size SUV if there ever was one—has been on the scene since model year 1997.

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Continental Moves Toward the Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2017 at 2:29 PM

By bringing a wide range of technologies to bear, Continental is advancing automated driving capabilities. And it is even putting it on the road in its own development vehicle.

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Honda’s Most Powerful U.S. Engine—in a Crate

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 02, 2017 at 6:28 AM

Honda is an engine company.

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