Tesla is sending shockwaves through Germany’s manufacturing sector today with the announcement that it has acquired one of that country’s top engineering firms, Grohmann Engineering. The deal is scheduled to close early next year.
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At the Tesla Motors annual meeting May 31, Elon Musk announced that he and his team plan to increase the efficiency of the manufacturing process by up to 100 times. Say what?
Mercedes and other manufacturers are replacing some robots with human workers on it assembly lines. There are still some functions that people do better than machines.
The Georgetown, Kentucky factory that builds the Camry and Avalon hybrid is getting enough power to build 10,000 new cars from the local landfill!
Long known for their emphasis on safety, use of high-end materials, and impeccable build quality, cars wearing Volvo’s “ironmark” badge are expected to be a step above cars like Subarus and Hyundais. Later this year, Volvo will begin building a long wheelbase version of its popular S60 sedan called the S60L, which will show up […]
Volkswagen’s new E-Golf goes together pretty much the way every other VW goes together in this new “How it’s Made” video … it’s just, simpler. You know?
Russia’s Yo Auto-built Yo Mobiles had billionaire backing, thousands of pre-sold units, and support from gov’t agencies. It still folded- what happened?
The Golden State used to have many car factories, though these days there are few companies actually building cars in California. Tesla Motors, however, calls Cali home, and they’ve brought a surge of money and jobs into the Bay Area with the successful launch of the Model S. To help boost production, California is giving […]
3D printing could change everything we know about manufacturing and industry, A New Zealand software engineer is demonstrating the power of 3D printing by building (one 4-inch segment at a time) a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 on a Nissan Skyline chassis.
As anyone who’s spent time in Southeast Asia will surely tell you: tuk tuks are a thing. In case you don’t know, a Tuk Tuk is, essentially, a 3-wheeled Vespa scooter with a utility/van body strapped to the back – and they are EVERYWHERE in Asia. This one isn’t a smoke-producing 2-stroker, though. It’s electric!
Stuttgart’s new Green Party mayor, Fritz Kuhn, recently paid a visit to Porsche’s manufacturing facility in Germany, where he praised the company’s recent efforts to bring clean diesels and innovative hybrids to market. Porsche proudly noted that Mayor Kuhn came by to visit Porsche within days of his inauguration. According to the Truth About Cars’ […]
Toyota’s Lexus LFA supercar program is over – but the lessons Toyota learned from building the light weight, ultra-fast exotics are going to carry forward into the future of Toyota’s mainstream cars, if the latest reports are to be believed. Over the years, several companies have justified spending serious money on supercars and motorsports by […]
Honda’s 2013 Civic Hybrid may not be the most exciting hybrid Honda builds, or the cleanest car in the Japanese brand’s line-up … but, starting next year, this most mainstream of Honda’s hybrids may become the most “American” hybrid you can buy! Honda has just announced that it will be investing an additional $40 million […]
Mercedes-Benz’ parent company, Daimler, and electronics supplier Bosch announced their joint-venture to build electric vehicle “engines” earlier this year, but now it’s official – and officially has a name: EM Motive. Mercedes-focused blog BenzInsider is reporting that the newly-formed EM Motive has plans to build electric of a modular design that – in theory – […]
With fuel efficiency now a primary concern for automakers world wide, I’d like to gently remind my audience that your new hybrid takes a lot of energy and resources to build. That’s why used cars are almost always greener.
Automotive News recently published their analysis of Toyota’s “sustainability report”, which looked at the Prius’ total environmental impact, “from factory to junkyard“. As expected, the Prius compared favorably in terms of lifetime emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide (according to Toyota), but unexpectedly poorly when compared to a “class average” in the […]
It’s a bit of a NASAriffic day in the next generation automobile world! First we heard about a burgeoning relationship between Chrysler and NASA, and today brings word that GM has also teamed with the space agency to work on building advanced robotics for both automobile manufacturing and future missions to space.
[social_buttons] I remain on the fence regarding the Chrysler-Fiat merger. On the one hand, Chrysler needed saving and Fiat was willing to lend a hand (though no cash). On the other hand, Fiat’s reputation for reliability both here and abroad remains shaky at best. Fiat also shed over a billion dollars in 2009, and says it won’t […]
Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution by Mary Fraser, BASF, American Chemistry Council – Plastics Division Automotive Team Despite all of the challenges facing the automotive industry today, this is a time of great innovation. Electric vehicles are just months away from entering the U.S. market and evolving engine technology is consistently improving fuel […]
[social_buttons] To many Americans, India is just another one of those countries with LOTS of people in the general vicinity of China where they sometimes get routed when they call customer support with questions about why the new HP they just bought won’t turn on. And that’s a shame, really, because India has so much […]