Clariant on Colors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 26, 2019 at 6:52 AM

Who knew that the changes in automobility—everything from ride-hailing to potential autonomous operation—would have an effect on. . .exterior color?

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Automotive Production

Audi Saves Water in Production

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 25, 2019 at 6:29 AM

“A prolonged dry spell coupled with soaring, record-breaking temperatures has been a horrible combination for farms from Scandinavia and England in the north to France, Netherlands, and Germany to the south.

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Automotive Powertrain

2019 Buick Enclave Avenir

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 22, 2019 at 7:47 AM

According to the folks at Buick, “The Enclave Avenir is Buick’s highest expression of luxury in an SUV.”  And the base price for the vehicle, including the $995 for delivery, is $54,495.

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Automotive Engineering

Bill Gates Meets LiDAR

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 21, 2019 at 7:20 AM

While there is a burgeoning proliferation of companies that are in the LiDAR space, each with its own take on utilizing laser pulses to create a precise map of its surroundings for purposes of ADAS or full-blown automation, a Seattle-based company has a distinction that certainly sets it apart from its competitors.

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Automotive Design

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 20, 2019 at 7:20 AM

The 2019 Chevy Blazer is the most-complete Chevy I’ve ever driven, as in seemingly every detail of the crossover having been carefully considered and appropriately executed, from the front end that has a design the likes of which is absolutely rare in a category of vehicles that is getting more undifferentiated by the moment to even consideration given to the piping on the IP.  

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Automotive Production

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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Automotive Engineering

NVIDIA Launches DRIVE Constellation

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 18, 2019 at 8:54 PM

NVIDIA has announced that its DRIVE Constellation simulation platform is now available for developers of autonomous systems.

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Automotive Engineering

The Transformation of the Auto Industry

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 18, 2019 at 7:12 AM

One of the ways that Karma marked its fifth anniversary was announcing that it has invested $7.5-million in its Irvine, California, facility, including a powertrain test facility.

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Automotive Design

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 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.

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Automotive Electronics

The Death of the Internal Combustion Engine Is Greatly Exaggerated

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 14, 2019 at 7:24 AM

This week Volkswagen put the rest of the auto industry on notice that it would be the world leader in electric mobility in the not-too-distant future.

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Aircraft in a Dealership: The Future Is Now

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 13, 2019 at 7:56 AM

While the notion of commuting to work or being transferred from A to B via aircraft might still seem Jetsonian, it is evidently real, given the announcement that Prestige Imports is putting the ICON A5 light-sport aircraft, an amphibious sport plane that is designed, engineered and produced by ICON Aircraft, in its Prestige Imports 2.0 showroom. 

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Automotive Materials

Brembo Is Serious—and Whimsical

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2019 at 11:04 AM

When it comes to serious brakes, Brembo is certainly a leader in developing and producing them, such as with its gen-two dual-cast floating brake disc, which is made with both cast iron and aluminum, with the former being used for the braking band and the latter for the bell.

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