Tech Highlights: 2002 Mondial de
European editor Stuart Birch gives a run down of some of the
significant vehicle and technology debuts at the Paris Motor Show,
beginning with the French automakers.
With increased responsibility for modules and warranties,
automotive suppliers are finding innovative ways to manage their
Sports car racing technology
Le Mans series race car engineering reach a high-water mark in
2002, but will likely recede in 2003.
Innovation at DaimlerChrysler
Chairman and CEO Jurgen Schrempp believes that in the next 15
years, car technology and design will move ahead more rapidly than
at any time in the past half century--and that almost everything
except the basic four-wheel layout could change.
Escape Hybrid is a showstopper
Ford in 2003 will launch the world's first production
hybrid-electric SUV, which will be the subject of much discussion
at this month's 2002 SAE International Truck & Bus Meeting
The engine/transmission combination has been significantly updated
for new rear- and all-wheel-drive applications beginning with
Cadillac's 2004 XLR and SRX.
The C/D-segment car leads Mazda's new product offensive, to be
folllowed by the Fiesta-based Mazda2/Demio, RX-8 sports car, and