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Magna’s Innovative Concept
To be a first-rate supplier nowadays doesn’t simply mean making parts, components or systems to spec.
Blog Published: 3/6/2014
BMW i8, LV & CFRP
A primary rationalization for the use of carbon fiber for automotive structures—like the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid vehicle—is that it is light, it can allow the creation of exotic forms like, well, the 2+2 vehicle in question, and it is quite strong.
Blog Published: 3/4/2014
A New Porsche Under $10K
When people ask me what my all-time favorite car design is, without hesitation I say, “Porsche 911.” What other car can you think of that has had a consistently outstanding design for 50 years?
Blog Published: 2/27/2014
Citroen Is a Little More Serious
Although the forthcoming Geneva auto show is a place where vehicle manufacturers are going to be debuting some rather, um, elaborate vehicle designs, in some cases the automotive versions of the women’s hats worn at the Kentucky Derby, PSA/Peugeot C...
Blog Published: 2/26/2014
Brammo Introduces a New, Fast EV
One thing that is certain about electric vehicles (EVs) is that when you’re going zero miles per hour, you pretty quickly get to a much higher speed rather quickly thanks to the nature of an electric motor versus, say, an internal combustion engine.
Blog Published: 2/11/2014
Kremlinology & the 2015 Ford F-150
Back in the days of the Cold War, there was a practice called “Kremlinology” in the West, wherein analysts (think: CIA) would take things like Pravda and try to figure out whether there was some deeper meaning that could be ferreted out from photos,...
Blog Published: 2/8/2014
Triple Lutz
No, that headline is not a reference to a now somewhat passé move that will be performed during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Figure Skating competitions.
Blog Published: 2/3/2014
Not Just Cars, But What Goes In Them
One of the challenges that is facing global automakers is that legislation in various parts of the globe requiring reduced CO2 emissions (e.g., the European Union) or notably increased fuel economy (e.g., the U.S.) means that they have to do things ...
Blog Published: 1/29/2014
Auto Aluminum Advances
“Our objective was to find materials that allowed us to design the truck to be as tough – or tougher – than the current model, yet could help it be hundreds of pounds lighter for better capability and fuel economy.
Blog Published: 1/21/2014
Mercedes & the QR Code for Safety
Following on yesterday’s discussion of safety, here’s something that Mercedes-Benz has developed that is beneficial, credible, useful, and au courtant.
Blog Published: 1/17/2014

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