Automotive Production

The Automotive Design & Production Production Zone consists of the hardware—tools, machining centers, grinders, etc.—that is used in automotive manufacturing.

Ford Gets Big at Kentucky Truck

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 19, 2019 at 10:18 AM

The Ford Expedition, for being a consumer vehicle, not something meant for industrial purposes, is big.

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Take a Look at Additive Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 15, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Giving the growing increase in interest in additive manufacturing in the auto industry, our sibling publication Additive Manufacturing held a conference dedicated to that subject (i.e., additive manufacturing in the auto industry) at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

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Seven Generations of Corvette—So Far

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 7:51 AM

This is the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the first model to be produced by General Motors. The first gen had a run until 1962.

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Ford Builds the Final Taurus (for Now)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 03, 2019 at 12:04 PM

The last Ford Taurus was built Friday, March 1, at the Chicago Assembly Plant.

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Nexteer Hits 60-million

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2019 at 12:55 PM

With its electric power steering systems (EPSS) on vehicles including the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and even some cars (e.g., Mustang, Charger, Challenger) and crossovers (e.g., Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse), it is perhaps not entirely surprising that Nexteer Automotive announced today that it has produced its 60 millionth EPSS.

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FCA to Invest $4.5-billion in Michigan Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2019 at 2:02 PM

Although “Detroit” is synonymous with “automotive production,” the only major OEM that actually manufactures vehicles within the city limits is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as it runs the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are built.

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How to Keep a Last-gen Truck Current

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2019 at 7:23 AM

When Ram Truck launched the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, the company didn’t want to simply stop building the last-generation vehicle at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (which has been in operation since 1938, during which time it has produced more than 12.5-million trucks). Rather, they kept it in production adding the word “Classic” to the name, thereby indicating its difference from the new truck (built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant). In order to keep the Classic of interest, the company has gone back to 1976, the year they launched the Dodge Warlock, a “factory-personalized” pickup, and have created the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.

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Assembling the VW ID.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

The transformation is underway at Volkswagen to become a preeminent producer of electric vehicles. And it is happening in a big way in Zwickau, Germany.

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Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Another Sign of Electrification: Production Capacity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 28, 2019 at 8:07 AM

This is a picture of a diecasting setup taken on the inside of a new €35-million, 5,000 square-meter factory extension of a factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, a facility of KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, a company that is a 50:50 joint venture of Rheinmetall Automotive KG of Germany and HUAYU Automotive Systems, a member of China’s SAIC Group.

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McLaren 600LT Spider: A Study in Composite Rigidity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM

McLaren Automotive is busy building—hand assembling at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England—members of its Longtail (LT) vehicle lineup, including the new 600LT Spider.

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How to Make a Favorite SUV Even More Favorable: 2020 Ford Explorer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 1:22 PM

A remarkable thing about the Ford Explorer is that for so many years—it was introduced in 1990 as a ’91 model year vehicle—it has been rolling along with its three rows, often full of families, and nameplates tend not to have this sort of longevity, nor a vehicle such popularity.

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