#BODY

Production

Tesla Goes Large on Aluminum Castings

House-sized aluminum casting machines would replace most robots.
#chassis #body #tech

Hybrid

New EV Application is All About the Money

MAN’s eTGE van is being used as an armored truck in Germany
#body #Volkswagen #europe

Hybrid

Bollinger Adds Delivery Van to EV Plans

Production targeted for 2022
#chassis #body #Bollinger

Regulations

Recalls? There’s an App for That

NHTSA app alerts owners about recalled vehicles and equipment
#chassis #body #tires

Sales

Paint by Supercar Numbers…Big Numbers

Carbon Fiber Finish Adds $443K to $3 Million Koenigsegg Supercar
#body #oddities #Carbon

Design

Engineering the Ram TRX

The chief engineer of what is claimed to be the “quickest, fastest and most-powerful mass-produced truck in the world” explains how they did it.
#chassis #Chevrolet #Ford

Rolls-Royce Ghost to Get “Magic Carpet” Suspension

Luxury marque goes all in with advanced driveline tech
#chassis #body #europe

Materials & Lightweighting

“Ultimate Analog Supercar” Takes Shape

Gordon Murray’s upcoming T.50 gets V-12 power and a super-lightweight design
#McLaren #chassis #body

Regulations

What’s Next. A Year of Change in Automotive.

2020 is a year like no other. Unpredictable change in the automotive industry and a new direction for AutoBeat Magazine.
#chassis #Ford #body

2021 S-Class Adds More Tech

New features include 48-volt active suspension, 4-wheel steering and industry-first rear airbags
#Audi #Porsche #chassis

Design

World's Most Expensive Car May Get a Lot More Affordable (Relatively Speaking)

Trademark decision paves the way for replicas of iconic Ferrari
#europe #Ferrari #body

Design

Lucid Air Lives Up to Its Name

New EV claims an industry-best 0.21 drag coefficient
#MercedesBenz #Tesla #LucidMotors

Electronics

Helping OEMs Customize User Electronics

Big trend: consolidating functional controls
#body #Hella

Electronics

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Yes, the “Ghost Kar.” It is scary good
#chassis #Hyundai #body

Cadillac Elevates Its Game With Forthcoming Blackwings

The Cadillac crest had birds on it that have blackwings. And while those birds have flown from the badge, the idea of their specialness remains for the Blackwing series of vehicles
#chassis #Cadillac #body

Production

Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai Group Top IIHS Safety Ratings

Tougher headlight criteria reduce number of Top Safety Pick+ winners
#body #tech #Acura

Composites

Vehicular Lightweighting: Path. Strategy. Endgame.

The automaker with the best solution for reducing weight will be the one with the clearest vision of the endgame and the strategy to get there.
#Dodge #BMW #Tesla

Car/Ride Sharing

Smart Doors for Autonomous Vehicles

When cars go robotic, how will they know who to open their doors for? Answer: with doors that sense their surroundings, says Inteva Products CEO Lon Offenbacher.
#body

Regulations

Takata Recalls Another 10 Million Airbag Inflators

Takata—the bankrupt airbag supplier responsible for the world’s largest auto-related recall ever—is throwing another 10 million defective devices into the mess.
#Takata #body #quality

Mercedes Recalls Nearly 745,000 Faulty Sunroofs

Daimler is calling back 744,900 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to check for glass sunroof panels that could blow off while the vehicle is moving.
#body #Daimler #europe