Success by design
Toyota is working to differentiate itself from the competition by
continually evolving its unique design philosophy.
China overcapacity overstated?
Automakers and suppliers are taking a "build it and they will
come" approach to capacity in China.
Challenges aplenty in China
From an underdeveloped infrastructure to insufficient policing of
intellectual property rights, government and industry leaders in
China are dealing with a multitude of challenges--and
opportunities--as vehicle sales soar.
Growing vehicle complexity, globalization, and other industry
trends are prompting companies to focus more on automation and
standardization in their test programs.
Lightweight vehicle engineering
Demand for performance and fuel economy make materials once
considered too expensive increasingly attractive.
Although the passenger compartment of a vehicle is where customers
spend the most time, manufacturers are still at odds over whether
it should be the car's showplace or a cost-cutting target.
The power of cooperation
As they are made more powerful, robots are being linked for greater
capability in the various shops of automobile plants.
Innovating the way forward
At the biennial Innovation Symposium, DaimlerChrysler executives
discussed some of the technologies that will help shape the future
of the automobile.