Automotive Production

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

Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 18, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

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The F-150 and Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM

As the launch of the 2019 Ram 1500 and the forthcoming release of the 2019 Chevy Silverado are heating things up in the full-size pickup truck segment, it is worthwhile to call out some materials engineering data related to the Ford F-150, the vehicle that, with the 2015 model year, arguably made a major shift in the segment because it was the vehicle that made the unthinkable a reality: a truck that uses aluminum for its body, box and other components.

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GM and Honda Collaborating on EV Batteries

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 07, 2018 at 8:55 AM

In 2003, Saturn Corporation wanted to provide an additional reason for people to buy its compact crossover, the Vue, so execs at Saturn did something that was almost unthinkable at the time: To create the high-performance Saturn Vue Red Line they turned to Honda to provide a 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6.

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Designing the 2019 Ram 1500

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 06, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”
 

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VW Training Engineers for EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Last week, Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility, Volkswagen, said, “Within three years, Volkswagen will be starting production of a total of 27 electric car models for four brands in three regions of the world.

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Mazda Makes 50 Million in Japan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Mazda delivered 289,370 vehicles last year to customers in the U.S.

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McLaren Hits 15,000

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Today, the McLaren Production Centre (MPC), in the countryside of Woking, Surrey, which opened seven years ago and which is our all-time favorite vehicle manufacturing facility, produced its 15,000th car.

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Something to Make Elon Musk’s Day

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 24, 2018 at 6:43 AM

Earlier this week the 100th Bugatti Chrion was built in L’Atelier, the facility in Molsheim, France, a car with a blue matt finish—the first ever for the car—on the carbon fiber body.

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How Real Is Additive Manufacturing?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM

There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.

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Hats Off to Honda Manufacturing Flexibility!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 5:51 PM

When announcing its monthly U.S. sales for April, Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda sales, noted, “Even as we increase our sales of light trucks to record levels, we remain committed to delivering a balanced lineup of cars and light-truck offerings for our customers.” This was, perhaps, not particularly veiled shade at Ford, which had announced that it plans to phase out cars (with two exceptions) so as to concentrate on light trucks.

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SABIC Offers Soft Touch for More Cost-Friendly Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2018 at 4:46 PM

One of the challenges faced by global OEMs is to provide soft-touch surfaces on interior trim panels.

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GM and Autodesk Advancing Design and Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 05, 2018 at 10:22 AM

General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed, but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.

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