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Recent authored articles

Magna's PACE Award-winning door latch

Magna's engineers were looking for styling improvements when they began rethinking door latches. And they kept asking, "What if?"

Goodyear's PACE Award-winning run-flat tires

Goodyear’s run-flat tire enabled automakers to do away with spares, jacks and other tire-changing gear. That translated to a net vehicle weight savings, even though the innovative new tires were heavier than standard ones.

Dassault Automation's PACE Award-winning factory floor prototyping software

Delmia Automation won a PACE Award in 2009 for letting factory planners create a virtual prototype of a manufacturing floor without testing real equipment.

Some back stories to consider in the Ghosn drama

I don't have any insider knowledge of the financial misconduct allegations against Renault-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn unveiled on Monday. Nonetheless, I think some points are worth remembering as the story unfolds.

ZF’s PACE Award-winning innovative transmissions

Three transmissions, each representing a breakthrough, won three Automotive News PACE Awards for Germany’s ZF in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

Hella's PACE Award-winning LED Matrix Beam

Hella's PACE Award-winning LED Matrix Beam headlights could turn 25 LEDs on and off to shift high beams away from oncoming vehicles.

Delphi's PACE Award-winning E-Steer an autonomous vehicle building block

Delphi's PACE Award-winning E-Steer electric power-steering system created a building block for today's autonomous vehicles.

PACE AWARDS AT 25: Kicking it open just right

Brose's PACE Award-winning hands-free liftgate had to work properly when its sensors identified a proper kicking motion -- and ignore everything else.

Competition gets tougher every year and dealers embrace the challenge

The competition to be named one of the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For in the U.S. is tougher this year than ever — and dealers embrace the challenge.

Aging used cars ripen on lots

Used-car lots still have too many units that have sat for 60 days or longer, or even more than 45 days, says used-car guru Dale Pollak.

The Great Recession sped up practices already in place

The Great Recession magnified trends in auto retailing that were already in place, remaking the industry in ways that continue to play out.

Fewer rentals go to traditional auctions

The volume of retired rental vehicles headed for auctions is steadily on the decline.

Consumers value certification, but don't know if their tech is certified

Just under half of consumers surveyed said that technician “certification is important to me.” About one in 10 said certification “doesn’t particularly matter to me.”


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