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How to Engineer the BMW i3
The thing that people from BMW emphasize most about the i3 is not that it is an electric vehicle (EV), not that it has a carbon fiber passenger cabin (“Life Module”), not that it has a 100% aluminum chassis (“Drive Module”), not that most of its ext...
Blog Published: 7/20/2015
Porsche and the Importance of Tooling
Yesterday we looked at the addition of apprentices at Audi in Germany.
Blog Published: 7/17/2015
Audi: To the Moon!
The Google Xprize is not about the Google Car, though arguably it does have an automotive aspect to it.
Blog Published: 7/1/2015
How to Design a Ford GT
When Craig Metros returned to Dearborn from a multiyear stint in Australia for Ford Design, he found himself engaged in a project that probably has more resonance—far more for automotive enthusiasts the world over—than an aluminum F-150: the Ford GT...
Blog Published: 6/22/2015
2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD
Here’s an interesting thing to know about the Mazda CX-5: From November 2011, when production of the compact crossover SUV commenced, through the end of April 2015, one-million units were produced.
Blog Published: 5/29/2015
Art of the Bike: Ducati Diavel Titanium
Last November, Ducati, which, as you may recall, is owned by Audi, introduced the Diavel Titanium at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
Blog Published: 5/20/2015
A Rolls for the Catwalk
Although the Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility in Goodwood is legendary for the hand-craftsmanship that is all part of making its prestigious motor cars, this material handling system is, well, a bit over the top: Were those young ladies actua...
Blog Published: 5/15/2015
Camaro: Shapely for 2016
Although the 2016 Camaro won’t be fully revealed for a couple of weeks, Chevrolet has released some imagines that strongly indicate that the exterior design will have the mechatronic edginess of the 2014 Corvette Stingray: That is, it is a design...
Blog Published: 5/5/2015
On the Lotus Small Car Platform
There is probably no topic of more interest to many people in the auto industry when a car comes out is “what platform is it on?” And there is probably no greater effort—this side of achieving greater fuel efficiency and/or reducing emissions—by au...
Blog Published: 4/30/2015
BMW Builds the Car of the 21st Century
According to Sandy Munro, who heads up engineering consultancy Munro & Associates, BMW spent approximately $2.8-billion on developing the i3.
Blog Published: 4/27/2015

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