Automotive Production

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

GM Is Confident about Its QDR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Today General Motors announced that anyone who buys a new Chevy or GMC vehicle in the U.S. has the opportunity to add a “true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty” that spans five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) and that buyers of Buicks and Cadillacs can get six years or 70,000 miles added to their monthly payment plan.

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Audi and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 12, 2018 at 9:32 AM

It seems almost a lifetime ago that Audi, thanks to the Audi Space Frame program that was initiated in 1983 and gave rise to the then-revolutionary aluminum-intensive A8 in 1994, was almost synonymous with aluminum, as the company developed and executed all manner of approaches to using the nonferrous material for vehicle construction.

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Atlas Lifting VW in the U.S.

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 05, 2018 at 2:40 PM

In 2017 Volkswagen sold 339,676 vehicles in the United States.

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EV Tech Production Advances in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 28, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Elon Musk was not the first CEO of Tesla; Martin Eberhard was (he was also the co-founder of Tesla, along with Marc Tarpenning). About five years after the establishment of Tesla, which occurred in 2003, Eberhard was no longer with the company.

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Bob Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 24, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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VW, HP, GKN and 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 11, 2018 at 7:39 AM

“A complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly,” according to Dr. Martin Goede, head of Technology and Planning and Development, Volkswagen.

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Printing a Shock

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.

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Mercedes Unveils EQC, an Electric Crossover

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 04, 2018 at 1:30 PM

“A dawn for a new era of our company.” That’s how Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, described the EQC at the vehicle’s official introduction at an event in Stockholm today. “It is the complete package,” he said, ticking of the boxes for design, usability, serviceability and convenience.

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Not a Chiron for the Kids

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 31, 2018 at 7:23 AM

Here, obviously, are two Bugatti Chirons: The one on the right appears to have a rather interesting textured skin.

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New Old Porsche 1.5 Years in the Making

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 29, 2018 at 6:28 AM

The last Porsche 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine went out of production 20 years ago, but the craftsman at Porsche Classic have taken a body shell from the 993 generation and spent 1.5 years assembling “Project Gold” (based on the Golden Yellow Metallic paint used), a car with a new 450-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat six, the same output of the circa 1998 vehicle.

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Ford Valencia Workers Making Better Moves

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 13, 2018 at 6:01 AM

The use of sensors in the auto industry is not just related to the development of ADAS systems.

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