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Meet Dave Filipe, Ford's new powertrain boss, and he's not the same as the old powertrain boss

UPDATED: 2/20/18 12:31 pm ET - corrected

Dave Filipe, Ford's new vice president of powertrain engineering, faces a big challenge as the EcoBoost era winds down and the electrification era begins.

Dealership's quick service assembly line is weapon against aftermarket

Motorcars Honda has blended cutting-edge innovations with assembly line technology to offer ultrafast service — a recipe the dealership's owners are preparing to sell to other dealers nationwide.

What the future of service looks like

If I were designing the service department of the future, I would look at where customers spend money on their vehicles away from my dealership: tire services, detail shops and fast oil change joints.

Fast service pioneer says Motorcars price is too high

Chuck and Trevor Gile of Motorcars Honda are marketing their ultrafast express service system to other new-vehicle dealers. Based on his experience, John Rickards foresees a tough challenge for them.

Draining oil fast is key to ultraexpress service

The key to express service at Motorcars Honda is the Engine Vac, a machine that removes motor oil from a hot engine in just over two minutes.

E-Pace: A Jag that's a serious off-roader

Jaguar's E-Pace has the same bones as Land Rover's Discovery Sport and the upcoming new-generation Range Rover Evoque.

GM's last chance to deliver a great truck interior

General Motors has two truck brands, and it could very well be that we'll see a truly great truck interior in the next upscale GMC Sierra.

ZF'S KONSTANTIN SAUER: Self-driving strategy on track

Konstantin Sauer's mission as ZF Friedrichshafen's interim CEO is to keep the supplier on track in its ambitious bid to become a supplier of the future.

Why you can bet Jag will offer more vehicles off the I-Pace powertrain

You can bet the powertrain from the I-Pace is going to be used on other Jaguar vehicles.

Jaguar XJ could be reborn as electric Tesla fighter

Autocar reported this week that the Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is being rebuilt from the wheels up as a battery-powered Tesla fighter. The move, if true, makes a lot of sense.

Detroit's hits & misses

Richard Truett, staff powertrain savant and design connoisseur, jumped up on just about every stand, thought and pondered, changed his mind a couple of times and came up with a list of auto show hits and misses.

Talent pool high among supplier concerns

Research finds that no matter a supplier's size or product, the biggest threat to its competitiveness is the struggle to recruit skilled workers.

Talent pool tops supplier concerns

Supplier executives say the drive toward electrification and autonomous vehicles is going to change nearly every aspect of their businesses.

Where's Chevy's midengine Corvette?

One of the most talked-about cars leading up to press days at the North American International Auto Show this week isn't even at the show. That's right, Chevrolet's Corvette C8 was a no-show.

GM picks Mich. plant to build new Silverado diesel engine

UPDATED: 1/17/18 10:05 am ET - adds GM press release

The new turbodiesel engine coming in the redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be manufactured in a General Motors engine plant in Flint, Mich.

The new flagships of Detroit

Along with Ford's pace-setting F series, the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 form a collection of trucks that showcase some of the most sophisticated technologies each manufacturer has in its arsenal.

Thyssenkrupp studies how to steer systems to reliability

German steering supplier Thyssenkrupp says the next frontier of advanced steering is creating redundancy for safety.

GM's classic truck show

Chevrolet launched a display marking

Look for Ford's F-150 diesel to easily top 30 mpg highway

An automaker never makes a fuel economy target -- without an EPA certification -- if it isn't 1,000 percent sure that it can comfortably hit the target.

How Schaeffler keeps engineer pipeline filled

Schaeffler needed to introduce advanced mobility products in North America, and its engineering apprentice program in Wooster, Ohio, provided assurance that it will have the necessary skill levels.

Won't see you later

Columnist Richard Truett explains why, based on frustrating experience, he won't be going to a dealership for oil changes from now on.

Electric vehicles and the future of fixed ops

The emerging generation of battery-powered EVs is likely to bring about the greatest changes to dealership fixed operations the industry has seen in decades, because the vehicles will require far less service than...

Leaf owners say they'll drive it until it wears out

Two Nissan Leaf owners offer a preview of how electric vehicles will affect dealership service once they sell in high volume.

EV obstacles falling for buyers, automakers

Several factors that limit the appeal of electric vehicles, to consumers and manufacturers, are changing fast.

Don't panic over transition to EVs

The transition to electric vehicles will be gradual and dealership service departments will have plenty of time to adapt, industry leaders say.

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