Manufacturing

 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016

Detroit's "Big 3" automakers to lose North American production crown for first time

For the first time ever, the Detroit Big Three will likely cede the North American production crown this year. A new automotive manufacturing forecast says General Motors, Ford, and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles will build fewer cars in North America than foreign automakers (plus Tesla) on the... read more

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Volkswagen's MQB Platform

Volkswagen Introduces Modular Transverse Matrix Platform

In today’s ever-changing global economy, reduction of manufacturing costs is the surest way to boost profitability. Each new platform, for example, requires unique... read more February 1, 2012 by


 
Audi R8 e-tron at Le Mans

Audi To Hire More In 2012, Increase Spending Over Next Five Years

In 2011, some 3,500 new workers joined Audi, including over 1,300 employees in Germany. The automaker also offered permanent employment to some 400 temporary workers, and is... read more December 29, 2011 by


 
2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback BMW Performance Concept

Video: How Do You Make A Car? BMW Explains With New 1-Series

As long as your car starts, stops and does so without going wrong too frequently, most people aren't really bothered how it all came together. Even so, it's a facinating... read more November 4, 2011 by


 
Urbee Hybrid

Urbee 3D Printed Car Makes First Appearance In Canada

It may not be fast and it may not even be pretty, but the Urbee car is important for other reasons. The potential for 166 mpg is clearly a number to raise eyebrows. Using a... read more September 22, 2011 by


 
2012 Volkswagen Beetle production begins in Mexico

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Production Begins In Mexico

The Volkswagen Beetle and Mexico are inexorably linked. From as far back as 1967 and running until 2003 when production ended for good, Volkswagen's Puebla factory produced... read more July 21, 2011 by


 
Mercedes-Benz wind tunnel climate testing

Mercedes-Benz' Wind Tunnel Provides Weather On Demand

One minute it's freezing cold, the next you're battling with a hurricane, and then finally the sun comes out for tropical temperatures. No, it's not some futuristic vision of... read more July 18, 2011 by


 
BMW Megacity Vehicle official photos

More Carbon Fiber Parts In BMW Cars From 2013

BMW is aiming to become of the first manufacturers to begin high-volume production of carbon fiber car parts. The first part-carbon cars could be seen as soon as 2013. The... read more July 13, 2011 by


 
2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback

Bavarian Rhapsody: BMW Makes Music With New 1-Series (Video)

You might not think of the voice inside your sat-nav system or the sound of your blinkers as being particularly sonorous, but then you're probably not working with BMW to... read more July 12, 2011 by


 
2010 GM EN-V Concept

General Motors Picks U.K. For EN-V City Car Euro Manufacture

Small cars are becoming big business. The smart fortwo, Scion iQ, Gordon Murray's upcoming T.25, the Renault Twizy... more and more carmakers are developing tiny vehicles to... read more July 11, 2011 by


 
2011 Ford Fiesta interior

Toxic Tests Ensure Your Car Can't Give You Cancer, Allergies

Safety isn't a glamorous subject but it's nice to know that when you put yourself and your family into a car you'll all be safe. Not just on the road, but sitting there and... read more July 7, 2011 by


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene Paper 10 Times Stronger, 6 Times Lighter Than Steel

Nanotechnology, the study of materials and engineering on a molecular scale, has the potential to completely change the vehicles we drive. We've looked at self-healing... read more April 22, 2011 by


 
Airbike nylon printed bike

Today, 3D Printed Nylon Bikes... Tomorrow, Nylon Cars?

3D printing isn't one of those technologies that we might see, some indeterminate time in the future. It's one of those technologies that we can already see, and inspect, and... read more March 14, 2011 by


 
Tools made with 3D printing. Photo credit: MIT 3DP Lab

"New Car Sir? Let Me Just Switch On The Printer..."

Imagine the scenario. You go to your local car dealership for a replacement part. A bracket has sheared in your engine bay and components are rattling against each other... read more January 24, 2011 by


 
Urbee 3D printer car

A New Age of Car Design With 3D Printers

They seem like future technology, but 3D printers have been used to create multiple product and concepts in the last few years. Dozens of products have been carved from 3D... read more November 10, 2010 by


 
2011 BMW X3

2010 Paris Auto Show: 2011 BMW X3 Live Photos (With iPad!)

BMW outlined the U.S. specs of its 2011 X3 crossover earlier this month, and at the 2010 Paris auto show, it displayed the new South Carolina-built SUV for the first time in... read more September 30, 2010 by


 
 

 
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