Speed is king
Motorsports offers automakers a fast way to develop new
technologies and quick-thinking engineers. This article explores
how DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors approach motorsports
as an engineering tool.
Electronics: changing the shape of the
The decisions made by the automotive industry the next few years
will forever change the shape of the automobile. The electronic
technologies to improve fuel economy, increase passenger safety,
lower emissions, and improve reliability are evolving quickly, but
because of their cost the exact timeframe for their implementation
The Z06 is the big news for 2001, the new model having a
high-output 5.7-L LS6 V8 developed by GM Powertrain.
Innovation meets the mid-size segment
The 2001 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus offer more power,
enhanced NVH characteristics, and improved safety.
The all-new high-performance M3 coupe debuts in North America.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Developed in less than four years and at less than $600 million,
the all-new C-Class incorporates $1800 worth of improvements as
Porsche 911 Turbo
Longer-lasting and better-performing, a new ceramic composite brake
provides more "stop" to a car that is all about
Mitsubishi's new Spyder
A new convertible top and several structural enhancements are added
to the 2001 model.
Separated at birth
Though developed from the same component set, the Pontiac Aztek and
Buick Rendezvous have their own unique personalities.
Is Chrysler's PT Cruiser a hot rod? A car? Or even maybe a
truck? What is not subject to debate are the new technologies
developed by engineers to improve the vehicle performance, ride,
The Volvo S60
Based on Volvo's new P2 platform, which spawned the S80 and the
new V70 series, the S60 was engineered to create a nimble, quick,
and distinctively Scandinavian performance-based sedan.
Improving minivan design
Engineers further improve 2001 model Chrysler and Dodge minivans
with safety and NVH enhancements.
Supplier technology 2001
As automakers outsource more portions of the vehicle, suppliers are
taking on more responsibility for developing increasingly complex
systems. The following are some of the many supplier contributions
to the latest passenger cars and minivans.
Convergence 2000: an electronics
More than 150 companies involved in automotive electronics will
showcase their latest products and capabilities during the Oct.
16-18 conference in Detroit.
Semiconductors and 42-V power supplies
Increases in future automobile voltages will directly and
indirectly affect semiconductor devices in every automotive
The future of automotive electronics
Global trends, market considerations, and engineering developments
are combined to create Delphi Delco Electronics' product
Safer Internet access in cars
Siemens researchers believe that voice-browsing technology can be a
safe and cost-effective solution for offering e-mail and Web
content in vehicles.
Quieter diesels with greater torque and less
Common-rail injection equipment flexibility gives Delphi Diesel
Systems development engineers latitude in critical engine-system
Freightliner engineering VP says the appearance and function of
heavy trucks belie their technological sophistication.