The need for speeds
The recent automatic-transmission introductions by Toyota,
DaimlerChrysler, and ZF highlight the trend toward greater
gear-ratio spreads for better launch performance and cruising
Ride and handling can be influenced and controlled by the latest
electronics, but careful mechanical design of the suspension can
deliver significant benefits.
Driven by the insatiable demand for more usable navigation
information and entertainment content, automotive disk drives will
become commonplace, but not until cost and other issues are
overcome, experts predict.
Trucks get aerodynamic touch
Light truck and SUV designers must reconcile conservative customer
tastes with the need for reduced drag to bost efficiency.
Pedestrian protection possibilities
Carmakers consider a variety of solutions to the problem of saving
lives outside the vehicle.
Volvo goes with the flow
The rapid development of the XC90 on the S80 platform was marked by
use of computational fluid dynamics techniques, which delivered 50%
more cooling airflow and drove the development of more advanced
methods for future programs.
GM explores sheet hydroforming
It is a slow way to make them, but for low-volume vehicles such as
the Pontiac Solstice, GM believes it is effective for producing
large, complex, and blemish-free body panels.
Continuous improvements the JCI way
Johnson Controls uses lean manufacturing principles and Six Sigma
to stay ahead of the competition in terms of quality and
Advantage Aston Martin
With little automation, the British carmaker's new assembly
plant is all about hand-built excellence.