Developing the 2016 Nissan Maxima: The Eighth Generation

The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima, model year 2016. This is the top-of-the-line sedan for the brand. And yes, they still consider it to be the “4-Door Sports Car.” Related Topics: Automotive Design Automotive Engineering Vishnu Jayamohan, Nissan senior product planner, says that prior to starting on the 2016 Nissan Maxima, he worked on the current-generation Altima program. […]

Freightliner Goes Autonomous

Prev Next Image Inside the cab of the Inspiration. Yes, that driver is looking at a tablet that he is holding with both hands. Yes, that truck is actually moving down the highway. The Highway Pilot system—which takes inputs from radar sensors in the front bumper and from a stereo camera mounted in the rearview […]

Making Tires from Weeds (Seriously)

Yes, these are dandelions being grown in a greenhouse as part of a project being conducted by Continental Tire. The objective is to harvest the latex that is found in the roots. And that can be used to produce automotive tires. Related Topics: Automotive Materials There are few things more annoying for people with lawns […]

On the 2016 Sonata Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid

Prev Next Image The 2016 Sonata Hybrid now comes as a Plug-in Hybrid, too. The competitive class for the former includes the Camry, Fusion and Accord hybrids. The Plug-in competitors are the Fusion Energi and the Accord Plug-in. While this is, obviously, a trunk, what is interesting is that thanks to the packaging of the […]

Steel, Aluminum & Sustainability

Although the 2015 F-150 is known for being an aluminum-intensive vehicle, Jaguar has long been building aluminum structures. The XE is a prime example of its execution in aluminum. Related Topics: Automotive Materials If there’s one thing (and it may be the only thing) that the aluminum and steel industries agree upon, it’s this: We’re […]