Automakers cut sheet metal and weld bodies as precisely as possible
to lay the foundation for good overall vehicle quality.
Handling the ride
Delivering a balance between ride and handling has traditionally
been a challenge for suspension designers, but suppliers of
different technologies are showing how compromise may not be the
Liquid crystal displays and light-emitting diodes are helping to
enable bright, reconfigurable screens.
Performance from within
Automakers gild profit margins and polish reputations with in-house
A redesigned hybrid drivetrain gives Toyota's V6-powered
SUVs--the Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX 400h--V8-like performance
and compact-class fuel economy while achieving the most stringent
SULEV emissions standard.
Toyota's hybrid system gets a transmission overhaul for
Sticking with pushrods
General Motors and Chrysler continue to improve the breed with
recent high-profile engineer.s
Touring the world
Organizers of the World Touring Car Championship aim for global
competition with a cost-controlled production car series.
Collaboration is king
SAE 100 Future look: We in the auto industry need to develop and
embrace a futurist strategy that draws from insights learned in the
past to attain sustainable growth--expecially in the current
automotive industry climate where the only constant in
"future" is change.
Plastics offer a head start on future
SAE 100 Future look: In the global automotive industry, we are
seeing important trends that already are influencing the design and
construction of future vehicles to create a point of
differentiation for auto manufacturers.
A lighter future
SAE 100 Future look: Automotive design is at a critical crossroads
as the world braces for the dramatic environmental ramifications of
explosive population growth and urbanization.