Automotive Engineering International 2003-05-01

Automotive Engineering International 2003-05-01
    • Product is king in North America
      As it does every year, AEI takes a look at automotive industry trends in the three major regions of the world, beginning in this issue with a look at the North American industry and how domestic OEMs and suppliers are shaping its future. Europe will be the focus in June, Japan in August.
    • A powerful mix
      Traditional and not-so-traditional power sources will share the roads in North America as OEMs and suppliers continue to research and develop a variety of advanced propulsion technologies.
    • Consumer research drivers interior trends
      OEMs are giving suppliers greater responsibilities not only for delivering vehicle interiors, but also for consumer research that leads to compelling interior designs.
    • Body and chassis developments
      Advanced technologies are enabling light trucks and SUVs to close the ride, handling, and safety gap with passenger cars.
    • Automotive networking
      Though CAN dominates the automotive market, a number of complementary protocols are expected to gain acceptance to address specific needs for speed, reliability, and value.
    • Enlightened interiors
      OEMs and their suppliers are developing technology for optimized interior illumination and greater brand differentiation.
    • Improving racecar aerodynamics
      Aerodynamic development of the 2001 NASCAR Dodge Intrepid R/T was accelerated with a combination of analysis and testing.