Category Archives: new vehicle

Supercomputers, 3D Printing Used for Mustang Shelby GT500

“We created and studied designs among the engineering teams and proved out different strategies long before we built our first prototype cars,” said Matt Titus, Ford Performance vehicle engineer. “Not only did this improve the effectiveness of the designs, it  reduced the time it took to develop the GT500 – and the costs associated with that.” Continue reading

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Battery Electric Vehicles – Future or Folly?

Our friends at Consultancy LMC Automotive ask: “What’s next for the automotive industry? A broad question, but the most common answer is likely to be electrification.” Continue reading

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JAXA and Toyota Agree on Future Mobility – A Lunar Rover

Mobility is necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface. Even with the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, the pressurized rover would have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km. Continue reading

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Start of production of new BMW Flagship  – 7 Series Sedan

A so-called “digital launch” was a different challenge for the production start: It means production of a new BMW is ramped up to the full daily volume from one day to the next. In essence there is no formal Job One. BMW says to confirm high quality standards are fulfilled from the very first vehicle, complex components underwent virtual testing for fit accuracy prior to the start of production. Continue reading

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Porsche Claims 20,000 Potential Taycan Buyers

The number is 20,000 who have already registered to join a list of prospective buyers – and registration requires a down payment of €2,500 in Europe. (AutoInformed.com: Watt? Pure EV Porsche Crossover Ready for Serial Production Taycan Jobs at Porsche Exceeds 30,000) Continue reading

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2020 Aston Martin DBX Tested in Sweden

Pirelli’s R&D Sottozero Centre at the Flurheden Proving Ground provides extreme environments, from snowy roads to ice handling courses, allowing Aston Martin’s vehicle dynamics specialists to calibrate the DBX. Continue reading

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First Look – Hyundai Motor’s Revised Sonata Sedan

The Sonata takes some of its cues from the Le Fil Rouge concept, which debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Sensuous Sportiness is “defined by the harmony between four fundamental elements in vehicle design: proportion, architecture, styling and technology.” Continue reading

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BMW Baggage

BMW is continuing its merchandising with Montblanc via a five-piece luggage set that’s made-to-measure for the trunk (AKA boot) of the BMW 8 Series Coupé. Manufacturer’s recommended retail price is €14,900. Continue reading

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Trump Tariffs Hurt New Auto Prices, Jobs, Consumers

NADA is worried that under a 25% tariff on all imports and parts, “consumers would see the price of the typical vehicle sold in the United States rise by $4,400. Prices of U.S.‐assembled vehicles rise due to an increase in the cost of imported vehicle parts, adding $2,270 to the price. For the typical imported vehicle, these tariffs raise consumer prices by $6,875 per vehicle.” Continue reading

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Wither US Automotive Sales? Uncertainties Abound

CAR notes that there are “many risks to the 2019 automotive outlook: Will 2019 be the start of the economic downturn? How will U.S. trade policies affect the auto industry? Will regulatory and technological developments start to change what products are made and sold in North America?” Continue reading

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Midwest Automotive Media Association Family Vehicles of Year

“Whether it’s a premium-brand or mainstream model, it should be versatile, reliable, efficient, and reasonably priced. MAMA members pooled their expertise and experience to select the best family vehicles from an outstanding group of new and significantly refreshed models, and the Subaru Ascent and Volvo XC40 came out on top,” said MAMA award coordinator Tim Healey. Continue reading

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Ford Invests $1 Billion in Chicago Plants for Explorer, Police Interceptor, Lincoln Aviator

Ford was the No. 1 producer of vehicles in the U.S. and the leading exporter of vehicles from the U.S., building nearly 2.4 million in 2018, Ford says it employs the most hourly U.S. autoworkers. Continue reading

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GM Declares Q1 2019 Dividend of 38 Cents

GM is counting on the longer, wider and taller Silverado HD to bolster profits. It has a new 6.6-liter V8 gas engine with direct injection with a six-speed automatic transmission. Continue reading

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Taycan Jobs at Porsche Exceeds 30,000

Porsche claims there’s no sign of that growth stopping. Over the next few months the company is intending to hire upwards of 1,000 skilled employees just to build the Taycan and its derivative Taycan Cross Turismo, both of which are the first electric sports cars to come out of Zuffenhausen. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Grand Sport Corvette Drivers Series

Like the Corvette Racing C7.R race cars, the Grand Sport-based Drivers Series models have a naturally aspirated V8 engine. The 6.2L LT1 engine is rated at 460 horsepower (343 kW)- this is sub 4 seconds zero-60 mph ETs. Also like the race cars they have a dry-sump oiling system designed to support high-performance track driving. Continue reading

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