#CHASSIS

Propulsion

Audi Readies Integrated Chassis/Powertrain Controller

When it comes to car smarts, two brains aren’t necessarily better than one.

Materials & Lightweighting

“Ultimate Analog Supercar” Takes Shape

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

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.

Hybrid

Lucid Air Lives Up to Its Name

New EV claims an industry-best 0.21 drag coefficient

Interiors & Electronics

Can’t Wait for the 2021 AWD Pacifica? Order a 2020

FCA is making AWD available on the current Pacifica for those who want to get it right away

Propulsion

Fun in the Mud with the New Bronco

Teaser video hints at crawler mode

Hybrid

A Flatter Take on EV Skateboards

Israeli startup integrates corner modules with chassis

Production

Electronic Stability Control Turns 25

Bosch has produced some 250 million units since introducing the anti-skid technology in 1995

Propulsion

Bollinger Aims to Put Electric Truck to Work

Flexible architecture provides the right truck for the job

Hybrid

Karma Debuts Racy EV Platform

Latest E-Flex platform is for high-end performance EVs.

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

Happy Birthday, Mustang!

The storied pony car hits age 56

Propulsion

Caddy Revs Up Performance Sedans with “Blackwing” Treatment

Manual transmission makes the cut but namesake engine doesn’t

Batteries

Karma Partners with WeRide, Nivida on Autonomous Electric Van

Deep learning processors provide a record 320 trillion operations per second

Hybrid

Karma Aims to Join EV Platform-Sharing Club

Autonomous utility van and high-powered supercar among 22 possible variants

Design

ZF Launches Front Electric Parking Brake

Performance, design and weight benefits coming to smaller vehicles

Batteries

Bollinger Goes Commercial with Electric Chassis

Flexible architecture can support various body styles and applications with up to a 5,000-lb payload

Design

Hyundai Sharpens Design of Elantra Small Car

Bolder and bigger compact 2021 model

Hybrid

Rivian Confirms Platform for Ford EV

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive confirms it will supply the “skateboard” chassis to carry a premium-level electric vehicle developed by Ford.

Car/Ride Sharing

Conti Gets in Touch with Sensory Tech

Seeing, hearing and feeling is believing 

Nissan Doubles Up on Electric AWD

Dual-motor system promises premium sports car handling

Electronics

Conti Launches Powerful Architecture

Links 68 ECUs and manages 20 million lines of software code

Electronics

GM Recalls Target Fire, Braking Problems

General Motors is calling back roughly 900,000 fullsize pickup trucks and luxury sedans worldwide to fix a fire risk and/or eliminate a software glitch that could knock out a vehicle’s antilock braking and stability control systems.

Autonomous Vehicles

Hyundai Mobis Doubles Up for Autonomous Steering

While there is considerable attention on the development of things like cost-effective and compact LiDAR and camera and optical sensors for autonomous driving, there are some other portions of a vehicle that need to be addressed for safe, reliable driving with no hands, like the steering system.