Automotive Engineering International 2004-08-01

Automotive Engineering International 2004-08-01
    • Success by design
      Toyota is working to differentiate itself from the competition by continually evolving its unique design philosophy.
    • China overcapacity overstated?
      Automakers and suppliers are taking a "build it and they will come" approach to capacity in China.
    • Challenges aplenty in China
      From an underdeveloped infrastructure to insufficient policing of intellectual property rights, government and industry leaders in China are dealing with a multitude of challenges--and opportunities--as vehicle sales soar.
    • Testing adapts
      Growing vehicle complexity, globalization, and other industry trends are prompting companies to focus more on automation and standardization in their test programs.
    • Lightweight vehicle engineering
      Demand for performance and fuel economy make materials once considered too expensive increasingly attractive.
    • Interior motives
      Although the passenger compartment of a vehicle is where customers spend the most time, manufacturers are still at odds over whether it should be the car's showplace or a cost-cutting target.
    • The power of cooperation
      As they are made more powerful, robots are being linked for greater capability in the various shops of automobile plants.
    • Innovating the way forward
      At the biennial Innovation Symposium, DaimlerChrysler executives discussed some of the technologies that will help shape the future of the automobile.