Fuel cell AUTOnomy
General Motors stunned the North American International Auto Show
audience with a fuel-cell concept intended to revolutionize the way
vehicles are designed, built, and operated.
Revving up for diesel
With diesel engines having such a large automotive presence in
Europe, and such a small one in the U.S., suppliers vie for the
diesel of the future.
High time for hybrids
With two already on the road and at least four others slated for
launch within the next couple of years, hybrid vehicles are taking
center stage in the automotive industry. Whether the technology
becomes a mass-market phenomena or niche-filler is a matter of
debate--one that will take place at the SAE 2002 World
Computer-altered minds at work
As single-skill-set engineers become endangered professionals and
as confirmation-only physical prototypes become an industry norm,
the 21st century way of engineering a vehicle from idea through
production resides in a virtual product development world teeming
with simulation and analysis tools.
Searching for a successful Formula
For the past three years, Toyota motorsports engineers have been
hard at work developing a Formula One car for the 2002 season,
which begins in March.
The automotive industry covened in Detroit in early January for the
annual North American International Auto Show to introduce a number
of new production and concept vehicles. Many of the concepts drew
on the past for inspiration, focused on sporty performance and
lifestyles, or blurred even more the distinction between car,
truck, and SUV.
Plastic and aggressive fuels
Results of a 5000-h study by Ticona show that two materials--acetal
copolymer and linear polyphenylene sulfide--performed better than
the rest in interactions with modern fuels.
VW thinks ahead
The company's head of corporate research gives his views on
fuel cells, hydrogen, smart cars, CO2, and the linking of
spark-ignition and diesel engine technologies.
International Rectifier is addressing increased power consumption
in vehicles as the industry moves to 42-V systems.
Variable-shift schedule control
Visteon looks to improve IC engine efficiency in large hybrid
Spun off, merged, and growing, JATCO TransTechnology is now the
second biggest automatic transmission specialist in the world,
producing just under two million units per year.