• AWD customer needs... Who? When? And how often?
  • AWD market size, segments, and growth...
  • AWD technology and systems
  • Trends in FWD AWD architectures and technology
  • Trends in RWD AWD architectures and technology
  • Evolution of electronics in AWD
  • The battle for independent wheel torque control
  • Driver awareness and interaction with AWD systems
  • Stability improvements offered by AWD interactivity with chassis systems

OEM Panel
Four OEM experts in AWD technology and trends will take part in a special panel discussion moderated by Ward's Auto World. The panel will discuss key issues facing further penetration of this mobility solution into the market, including:

  • Differences between AWD and stability control systems - performance and cost advantages
  • Consumer demand for 4WD versus AWD
  • Fuel efficiency of vehicles equipped with AWD

Moderator: Drew Winter, Editor-in-Chief,Ward'sAutoWorld

Ride and Drive
An optional ride and drive will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2004. Attendees will drive, ride in, and/or observe vehicles which employ vital AWD technologies in use today - and even some likely to be deployed in the future. Attendance is limited - register early!

Vehicles at this event will include:
Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac SRX
Chrysler Pacifi ca
Ford 500 or Montego
Ford EcoSport
Ford Freestyle
Ford Escape
Ford Hybrid Escape
Ford Territory
Honda Pilot
Jaguar X Type
Land Rover Discovery
Mini Cooper S
Volvo XC90
Mercedes-Benz ML270
Nissan Titan
Subaru WRC
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Highlander
And More

*The Ride and Drive event is priced separately from the Symposium. Participants will be required to present a valid driver's license, proof of medical insurance, and sign waivers to participate.

Important - Ride-and-Drive Attendees:
All Ride & Drive attendees will be required to:
• show proof of medical insurance coverage (insurance card)
• show a valid drivers license
• sign two waivers