Frankfurt Motor Show concepts
Visitors to the 60th IAA held in September were greeted with 125
world premieres, 60 of which were new vehicles by the world's
automotive manufacturers. Prior to the public event, AEI editors
scoured the show to put together this special section of Global
Vehicles highlighting the best-in-show concept cars.
Dynamic rollover testing on the way
NHTSA announces that the 'fishhook' manuever, along with
the static stability factor, will be used to rate vehicles for
rollover propensity beginning with the 2004 model year.
Shortening the chain
Despite the trend toward increased outsourcing, the integration of
compounding and molding operations at molded composite parts maker
Composite Products resulted in a leaner and more economical supply
NASCAR research and development
With the help of a new managing director and R&D center, the
popular racing series is pursuing technology to improve safety and
The new entry from Cadillac combines utility and load-carrying
capacity with a sporty driving feel similar to that of the
Nissan's first full-size pickup provides frame strength,
payload capacity, towing muscles, and other attributes as it enters
a playing field dominated by Ford, General Motors, and Dodge.
To stave off competition in the light-truck segment, Ford has
improved upon its perennial best-seller by giving it a stiffer
fully boxed frame, a unique rear suspension design, a more powerful
5.4L V8, and a variety of interior refinements.
Heavy-duty faces heavy challenges
Engine and truck makers are busy developing technologies to satisfy
more stringent EPA emissions rules to take effect in 2007.
Terry Woychowski, General Motors' Chief Engineer of full-size
trucks and two-time recipient of GM's highest recognition, the
GM Chariman's Honors, sat down with our Detroit Editor to
discuss development of the company's full-szie trucks and