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
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.
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.
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.