Automotive Production

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


  • Automotive Production
  • On Mazda: The CX-3 & the MX-5

    The design and engineering capabilities of Mazda are remarkable. Realize that according to Autodata, in 2014 Mazda’s share of the U.S. market was 1.9%—and the share of the Ford Fusion alone was 1.9%. Yet the CX-3 subcompact crossover and the MX-5 roadster are vehicles that few other vehicle manufacturers can match.

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  • Technical Developments out of Friedrichshafen & Beyond

    ZF ( is working to develop technologies that will contribute to safer, more-efficient, and, yes, even automated driving. And we had the chance to literally take these for a drive.

  • Automotive Production
  • Still Scion After All These Years

    Scion has always been a bit, well, quirky. And perhaps in keeping with that off-beat approach to the industry, it is launching two entirely different vehicles—a sedan and a hatch—at the same time. Which, when you realize that they represent 40% of the showroom (the other cars being the FR-S, tC and xB), is somewhat . . . unusual.

  • Automotive Production
  • Inside the NSX

    Although the exterior design is something to behold, the cockpit isn’t any less considered and executed.

  • Automotive Production
  • One Edge. One Ford.

    Ford is taking its Edge to a lot of markets—more than 100. So this second-generation of its midsize two-row crossover has to check a lot of boxes.


    Green Acres and Autonomy

    Chances are, when you think “autonomous vehicles,” you think along the lines of this: the Google car.

    VW and CAE

    In case you’re wondering what Volkswagen has come up with to address the emissions issues with its 1.6-liter EA 189 diesel engines, at least for non-U.S. markets (this has been presented to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, which has ratified the approach), here is the physical part of the fix: That’s a “flow straightener” or “flow transformer.” It is positioned directly in front of the air mass sensor.

    Black Friday

    Today, here in the United States, it is “Black Friday.” This has nothing to do with the horrible day two weeks ago in Paris.