Toyota Prius: Best-Engineered Car of
Following the Japanese introduction of the first-generation Pruis
in 1997, the significantly re-engineered second-generation model
features new technology to meet the demands of the Western market,
including improved driving performance, lower emissions, and
Introducing Niel Schilke, SAE President for
General Motors' former top engineer in Canada brings a systems
engineering mentality, along with high expectations, to the SAE
Fuel cells start to look real
It is looking more and more as if the fuel-cell-powered car--the
long-awaited "clean personal transportation of the
future"--is moving from laboratory vision to technical
reality, if not yet market actuality.
Capabilities that deliver reliable monitoring and control, as well
as offer the benefit of a flexible configuration, are critical to
keep pace with evolving fuel-cell technology, according to National
This special section focuses on some of the new and innovative
testing products, equipment, and technologies for use in a variety
of automotive applications from the industry's suppliers.
NAIAS highlights: concepts
Since becoming an international event in 1989, the North American
International Auto Show in Detroit has hosted 620 North American
and worldwide introductions. This year's event was again a
showcase for many new concept and production vehicle debuts.
Rearview mirror optimization
Engineers at Volvo Corp. are studying the influences that external
rearview mirrors have on vehicle parameters such as drag, wind
noise, and side-screen dirt deposition.