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Recent authored articles

Amid EV hype, the internal combustion engine keeps improving

This may be the dawn of the electric vehicle era, but 2018 has been a phenomenal year for the humble internal combustion engine.

Time to re-engineer the job of product development chief

With automakers facing financial pressure on many fronts -- Wall Street, trade and tariff issues, slowing sales, intense competition -- the product development chief's job has never been more important. And that's why it is time for the role to be re-examined at General Motors, Ford and maybe elsewhere.

Toyota plans to debut 2020 Supra sports car in Detroit

While many European automakers have bailed out of the Detroit auto show, there will be at least one major global debut from a foreign automaker.

Honda Canada has fix for CR-V, Civic over-fuelling glitch

Honda Canada says a new software will fix an over-fuelling issue. It's also providing a warranty extension on some engine components for up to six years from the date of purchase, with no limit on kilometres.

Tesla's Supercharger strategy sets example

Tesla's Supercharger network is the template for automakers gearing up to launch fuel cell vehicles.

Jaguar I-Pace marca un gran salto para JLR en ingeniería

El I-Pace es el más capaz de los vehículos Jaguar que jamás se haya diseñado y desarrollado. Pero he aquí el panorama más completo: el I-Pace marca la llegada de JLR como centro de ingeniería de primer nivel.

El I-Pace marca el surgimiento de Jaguar Land Rover como centro de ingeniería de primer nivel

El I-Pace es el más capaz de los vehículos Jaguar que jamás se haya diseñado y desarrollado, un auto deportivo eléctrico brutalmente rápido, con una carrocería híbrida que puede transportar a cinco personas, con todo y sus cosas.

The three vehicles that earned my NACTOY votes

This year's semifinalists are strong, but there were some surprises — good and bad.

What the well-equipped dealership shop is featuring this year

Almost every automaker offers a large portfolio of approved tools that meet its own repair standards and improve shop efficiency. But that hasn't stopped dealers from looking elsewhere for innovative equipment.

Lexus' pledge should be every carmaker's and dealer's commitment

The Lexus Covenant is etched in a 6½-foot slab of black granite block in the lobby of the automaker's U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas. It includes this promise: "Lexus will treat each customer as we would a guest in our home."

5 minutes with Beau Brauer, president, Hunter Engineering Co.

Beau Brauer, Hunter Engineering's president, talks about how the family-owned company has become one of the dominant suppliers of shop equipment for new-vehicle dealerships' service departments and independent shops.

OEConnection to buy Britain's Bluegrasscoms

OEConnection, which specializes in helping dealers buy and sell auto parts, has agreed to acquire Bluegrasscoms, a Newbury, England company that provides many of the same services.

Tesla's Superchargers: The template for the hydrogen era

A Tesla-like nationwide network of hydrogen fueling stations could help reduce the time it will take for fuel cell vehicles to become economically viable to manufacture.

Best look yet at '20 Defender

Spy photos capture the clearest shots yet of the upcoming Land Rover Defender, which will arrive in 2020.

El CEO de Nemak hace planes futuros para el gran proveedor de México

La empresa fundidora Nemak, que produce masivamente monoblocks y cabezas de motor para los cuatro continentes, no está esperando pasivamente que el motor eléctrico reemplace al de combustión, asegura Armando Tamez Martínez, director general de la compañía de Monterrey, México.

GM Silverado has the wrong engine

It's hard to answer the "why buy" question about General Motors' 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, with its four-cylinder engine and weak fuel economy ratings.

GM's 2.7-liter turbo engine is in the wrong truck

I'll give General Motors' new four-cylinder exactly one year in the redesigned Silverado before it fades into the Colorado and becomes a big success. A misfire of this magnitude is rare for GM these days.

Every part of a self-driving car will change, even the doors

The huge amount of money being invested in autonomous vehicle technology will have benefits that could improve all vehicles. Take, for example, the car's doors.

HABLA EL PROVEEDOR: Director de Freudenberg Sealing abraza el futuro de coches eléctricos

Claus Möhlenkamp es consciente de que su empresa de sellado tiene un camino difícil por delante, conforme los autos se vayan electrificando y ya no necesiten sus sellos de motor. Pero él tiene un plan.

Honda readies fix for CR-V over-fueling glitch

Honda plans a fix starting next month for an over-fueling problem in its top seller -- the CR-V. The problem affects some 2017-18 CR-Vs sold in the U.S. with 1.5-liter engines driven on short trips in cold weather. Under such conditions, a number of the engines' crankcases have filled with gasoline, causing some vehicles to stall.

The current state of EV charging: More work needed

Early EV adopters may have to change their routines as the nation's charging infrastructure develops.

El CEO de Nemak hace planes para el futuro de los vehículos eléctricos

La empresa fundidora Nemak, que produce masivamente monoblocks y cabezas de motor para los cuatro continentes, no está esperando pasivamente que el motor eléctrico reemplace al de combustión eléctrica, asegura Armando Tamez Martínez, director general de la compañía de Monterrey, México.

Alignments popular with new device

A new measuring device is helping sales of alignment services at Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County, Missouri.

Longtime automotive journalist Tony Swan dies

Tony Swan, a longtime automotive journalist who won the respect of automotive engineers and millions of readers with his daring, aggressive driving on the track, died late Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Oh, what might have been for Hummer

If General Motors' Hummer was still in production, it would be a bonanza for the automaker in this SUV-crazed market.


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