North American concepts
Cars and car-based crossovers took the concept-vehicle spotlight
this year at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in
Detroit last month.
Renault F1 opens up
The company has provided unprecedented access to its new Formula
One racecar and surprisingly detailed information on its
Cleaner, safer, quieter
Testing companies are working to improve equipment and procedures
to better match real-world situations in an effort to help
automotive suppliers and OEMs in development of future
Microprocessor requirements soar
Networks and emissions control are driving the switch to more
powerful 32-bit chips.
Hondra brings the hydrogen economy
The next generation of fuel-cell stacks from Honda offers more
power from a smaller package, and a prototype solar-power refueling
station delivers the hydrogen fuel.
GM hybrid story on SAE Congress agenda
General Motors Corp. sees several avenues to a hybrid future, a
transit bus leading the way.
Technology shifts to overdrive
The benefits of advanced engine technologies cannot be fully
realized unless the right mechanism is used to transfer power and
torque to the wheels.
Once-rigid platforms transform into "shared components"
that cut costs and boost flexibility.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The top-of-the-range super sports car employs carbon-fiber body
shell, floor assembly, hood, doors, and crash strcture as well as
aerodynamic construction principles from Formula One.
Eberspacher North America uses the lastest computer design and
testing technology to quickly change the way automakers are fitting
exhaust systems to their vehicles.
No amusement in '07 heavy-truck
Tougher standards for emissions and braking take effect in 2007,
threatening another roller coaster ride for heavy-truck
Turning vehicles into generators
Automakers and suppliers are scrambling to provide home-style ac
electrical power in vehicles for work and convenience--as well as