Automotive Engineering International 2001-03-01

Automotive Engineering International 2001-03-01
    • Toyota Prius: Best-Engineered Car of 2001
      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 reduced costs.
    • Introducing Niel Schilke, SAE President for 2001
      General Motors' former top engineer in Canada brings a systems engineering mentality, along with high expectations, to the SAE presidency.
    • 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.
    • Fuel-cell testing
      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 Instruments.
    • Testing resources
      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.