Automotive Engineering International 2005-10-01

Automotive Engineering International 2005-10-01
    • Not passive on safety
      Modern automotive electronics are enabling many advances in post-crash protection of occupants.
    • DSP usage grows
      Infotainment and other new functions spark growth in the automotive chip applications.
    • Pontiac's time to shine
      GM cashes in on the Solstice concept buzz by rushing its roadster to production.
    • Ford midsize comeback a Fusion
      Filling an open space in its lineup, Ford sought to equip its newest entry not with technological marvels but with great balance between attributes.
    • Honda does its Civic duty
      The eighth-generation vehicle sports a new look and plenty of new technology, including an improved hybrid powertrain for those who want to fill up a little less often.
    • BMW re-engineers 3 Series
      The new car packs a high level of technology cascaded down from its larger and more costly siblings.
    • Kia's Rio Grande
      The all-new subcompact cars from Kia aim for comfort, quality, and safety features at entry-level cost.
    • Hybrids go heavy
      The payoff for hybrid technology is high for vehicles with hefty payloads.
    • Honda Ridgeline: extreme engineering
      For its first pickup, Honda turned to the experts by relying on truck-loving engineers at its Ohio R&D center to lead the development project.