Tag: manufacturing

10 Posts

Oct 25, 2019

You Won't Get Too Far with Only a Car's VIN

Dear Car Talk

Finding out your vehicle's build history may take some sleuthing.

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Dec 08, 2015

It's a Long Story: Buick's First U.S. Sales of a Chinese Car

Jim Motavalli

The last emperor of China drove a Buick, as did Sun Yat-sen and the man who partnered with Richard Nixon to open China to the West. In 1930, one in six cars in Shanghai was a Buick. Is it surprising that it's a big brand there now? Now GM is planning a Chinese-made Envision for the American market.

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Nov 09, 2015

This Dune Buggy Is Electric, 3-D Printed and Crowd Sourced

Jim Motavalli

Local Motors has the Beach Boys on speed dial with its 3-D Swim, a lightweight carbon-fiber battery car with a built-in surfboard. And, yes, its body is 3-D printed atop a BMW i3 chassis.

electric vehicles alternative vehicles manufacturing

Oct 26, 2015

The All-American Camaro, Made in Canada

Jim Motavalli

Yes, indeed, though production is finally shifting to Michigan. And Fords are made in Mexico, VWs in Tennessee, Mercedes-Benzes in Alabama and Hondas in Ohio. Automakers are global, and when it comes to manufacturing, what matters is not where but "how well?"


Oct 07, 2015

Meet America's Grid-Neutral Honda Dealer

Jim Motavalli

Honda's cars are fuel-efficient, but the company also shines behind the scenes with energy-efficient dealerships, huge solar arrays, wind turbines and a no-waste paint process.


May 01, 2015

From Cattle to Cars: Kansas City's Transportation Hub

Jim Motavalli

Ranchers once drove the beef to the rail head in centrally located Kansas City; now it's automakers and their suppliers that reap the benefits of building plants there.

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Jun 01, 2004

Should Volkswagen's recent quality concerns deter Bill from buying a Jetta?

Dear Car Talk

What's happening to the VW brand I used to think VW cars were made to last forever and were built with incredible German precision and care Now I find out that all of the small models they sell in the...

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Apr 01, 2002

What are the advantages of a "boxer" engine, as used in Suburu and Porsche?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question about horizontally opposed or boxer engines To the best of my knowledge only Porsche and Subaru use this type of engine design now Subaru goes so far as to point out the advantages of this design...

engines manufacturing

Apr 01, 2002

How long does it take to manufacture a car?

Dear Car Talk

With the recent economic downturn and less work to do my co-workers and I have found ourselves sitting around our cubicles wondering about various trivial matters Today an argument erupted between myself and Scott in the cubicle next to mine...


Jul 01, 1996

Are all cars constructed of the same materials? What should I look for when buying?

Dear Car Talk

Are all cars constructed of the same materials I know the bodies are made of a steel frame but what is the rest of the car made of I was told some cars have a lot of plastic -- doors...

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