Owen Kowalski motions me over toward some fragile-looking glass while he explains how I can get through the next half-hour without breaking things and making his day go sour. His red beard gets wide with a smile, and he looks relieved when he hears I’ve done a little some of this before. It’s Owen’s first car assembly gig. In his before life, he made pizzas: First the crust, then the sauce, then the cheese, then the toppings. He got his job building Volvo S60 sedans at the company’s new factory in South Carolina by explaining the assembly process and quality control of pizza during his job interview.Now he works the station that installs front windshields in an assembly plant that blends a human workforce with a small battalion of robots. They work in concert at Owen’s station, feeding off each other. MORE: Read The Car Connection's 2019 Volvo S60 review He walks me through the complex movements of his work life and jokes about how unrealistic the Safelite … [Read more...] about I work the line: What it’s like to assemble a 2019 Volvo S60
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The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Are You Ready For Another Crossover Concept Hell Yeah Volkswagen, ensnared by the ever-lasting stench of Dieselgate, is amid a $82.5 billion dollar effort to introduce new models with electrified powertrains. One such offering is—get very damn excited—a new crossover, the Atlas Cross Sport concept. Can you dig it? Following the release of the three-row Atlas last year and the success of the embiggened new Tiguan, VW’s trying to woo new buyers with the more compact Atlas Cross Sport Concept that’s being showed off at this week’s New York Auto Show. In keeping with the electrified mantra, VW says the Atlas Cross Sport Concept—which doesn’t exactly roll off the … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Will Win America’s Hearts With Crossovers Or Die Trying
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories that are your air, that you need to know to live. 1st Gear: At Least They Know How To Wrench On These Harley-Davidson has been struggling for years trying to reach the youth market beyond its bored dentist clientele base. And by “struggling,” I mean “continuously tripping over its own shoelaces, like when it bought up Buell only to kill it.” In any case, the company’s pushes for nostalgia haven’t been working, so the company decided it’s time for something different: even older nostalgia. H-D is going back to bicycles of its past, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: Harley-Davidson Inc. is unveiling a new bike, but it’s powered by pedals, not a rumbling V-Twin engine. The olive-green cruiser is a tribute to a bicycle sold by Harley in 1917. It’s the first of 10 hand-built … [Read more...] about Harley-Davidson, Unable To Sell Millennials Motorcycles, Pivots To Bicycles
Is the Fender premium stereo in Cars.com's Best of 2018 award-winning Volkswagen Atlas worth $5,800? After comparing this 12-speaker system in an Atlas SEL Premium with the eight-speaker system in our Atlas SEL, we can say, of course not. We pose the question this way because it isn't an optional feature that you can tack onto the Atlas of your choice; it comes standard only on the highest trim level, the SEL Premium, which itself is sold only with the V-6 engine and all-wheel drive for a grand total of $49,665 with destination fee. This is $5,800 more than the non-Premium Atlas SEL V6 AWD and includes many other standard features. Related: Photo Gallery: VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Stresses Style Over Seating Get 2018 Volkswagen Atlas DetailsFind a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Near You Atlas SEL Eight-Speaker Audio Donning my sound-off-judge hat, I tested the stereos with music CDs in stationary Atlases with their engines idling — to prevent factors like crappy audio-file … [Read more...] about Is the 2018 VW Atlas’ Fender Stereo Worth the Cost?