The redesign of the Ford F-series trucks, launched in 2014, set a new standard for fuel economy and lightweight vehicle construction. But armed with stopwatches and trained eyes, the GM engineers believed they saw problems. “They had a real hard time getting those doors to fit,” Tim Herrick, the executive chief engineer for GM truck programs told Reuters. His team did more intelligence gathering. They bought and tore apart Ford F-series doors sold as repair parts. Their conclusion: GM could cut weight in its trucks for a lower cost using doors made of a combination of aluminum and high strength steel that could be thinner than standard steel, shaving off kilograms in the process. These pounds and penny-based decisions will have major implications in the highest stakes game going in Detroit: dominance in the world’s most profitable vehicle market, the petrol-fueled large pickup segment. What’s more, GM is banking on strong sales of overhauled 2019 Silverados and … [Read more...] about GM squeezes pounds and pennies to attack Ford’s pickup profit machine |
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Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 8:59 p.m. UTC Jul 18, 2018 Nic Manion had just won $2.85 million, so how did he celebrate? "We went and played putt-putt!" the Muskegon man said, with a chuckle, Tuesday afternoon -- after waking up from a nap a few hours after finally arriving back in Michigan following an 18-day run in Las Vegas. "There's this indoor, glow-in-the-dark putt-putt, kind of like blacklight bowling, mini-golf course. And then we went bowling after that. "There was like 10 of us that did that. "I don't drink at all, well once in a while, but I don't get crazy." Manion's life has changed drastically since arriving in Vegas at the beginning of the month. He went there just hoping to win a satellite tournament that would get him into the World Series of Poker's Main Event. Manion was eliminated late Saturday night, just short of the ultimate prize, the $8.8-million first-place payout that went to Indianapolis' John Cynn. There was a bit of disappointment in the … [Read more...] about WSOP roundup: Muskegon’s Nic Manion celebrates with … putt-putt?
Maybe your first thought was of the insanely overpowered Boogie-Draymond-Durant-Klay-Steph lineup the Golden State Warriors now can assemble, and of what never-before-seen levels of basketball excellence that group could unlock together. Mine was. But neither of us will ever see that. Grant that, in the upcoming season, DeMarcus Cousins will return from the serious Achilles injury that ended his 2017-18 season and reduced him from an obvious max-contract superstar to accepting a cheap one-year deal. Grant, even, the much shakier proposition that when he does return, he will return as some recognizable version of himself: The outrageously gifted seven-footer who, at his best and prior to the injury, somehow fit Tracy McGrady’s and Charles Barkley’s skill-sets more-or-less comfortably into Shaquille O’Neal’s body. Grant that he will return ready and eager to fit in, to play the Warriors’ smart, creative, decentralized ball, to pass and cut and screen and … [Read more...] about This Is Wack
AT what level of success do you stop caring about what you look like to others? You know, that special confidence when someone knows they’re the pinnacle of cool, and sheds the social anxiety which keeps the rest of us wearing the same brand of trainers and constantly upgrading our iPhones. You only see it occasionally, but when you do it’s impressive. I saw it last week, on the launch of the new Mercedes G-Class. Take a look at it in these pictures. Now point out how it’s changed in looks in the 40 years its been made. Not easy is it? And that’s very deliberate. The G-Class is hands down one of the most iconic pieces of automotive design of all time — and that’s why it doesn’t need to change. There’s something charmingly cocky about Merc’s attitude. While other manufacturers produce more and more SUVs to meet demand — farting out biscuit tin cars designed to play on our sheep-like instinct to fit in — … [Read more...] about The Mercedes G-Class is hands down one of the most iconic pieces of automotive design of all time
Sea ice grows from the freezing of seawater directly underneath the existing ice, thus incorporating floating microplastics as it grows downward, he explained. Such plastic pollution could have broad consequences for marine - and human - life. He and his crew were flying over the Arctic as part of NASA's IceBridge mission, which aims to take over the work of studying ice from above during an eight-year period when NASA doesn't have any ICESat satellites doing the job.A team from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) found 17 different plastic types in ice samples gathered during three Arctic expeditions on board the research icebreaker Polarstern in 2014 and 2015. That's a lot of flight hours spent taking the snap of the region's land ice and sea ice.But where is coming from?Every year, NASA takes a high-flying trip over the Arctic to monitor the ice and gather information on the area where people nearly never tread."Microplastic particles were found … [Read more...] about Holes in Arctic Ice a Mystery