Automotive Production

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

VW Opens Additive Center

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 11, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Volkswagen is further showing its commitment to the promise of additive technology for production operations by the opening today of a 3,100-square meter center in Wolfsburg that is dedicated to the technology.

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Ford Advancing Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 04, 2018 at 5:31 PM

To assure that the company maintains its capabilities, relevance and leading-edge know-how in manufacturing, Ford has spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit.

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BMW Is Big on Additive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 23, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Here are some interesting numbers recently reported by BMW, starting with one-million, which is the number of 3D printed components that the company has used in series production since it started using the additive process for production purposes back in 2010.

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Aston Martin Lagonda’s Second Plant

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 13, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Although this may be a rather déclassé observation, the people at Aston Martin Lagonda are certainly not fooling around, as the company has announced that the work on the St Athan production facility in Wales, where the company’s 2020 DBX sport utility vehicle will go into production starting in 2019, is nearing production readiness.

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Rolls-Royce Gets New Head of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 24, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Rolls-Royce automobiles are produced in only one place in the world, Goodwood, in West Sussex, in the United Kingdom.

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The Ford Flathead V8: The Key Role of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 22, 2018 at 8:11 AM

Not only did Henry Ford make automobiles accessible to everyone through the production of the Model T, but what isn’t as widely known is that he did the same thing for the V8 engine: He didn’t make the first V8, which had first appeared decades earlier, but in 1932, with the introduction of the Model 18 (better known as the “Ford V-8), which had a V8 under the hood, Ford created a more powerful engine (65 hp!) for the masses.

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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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