Automotive Engineering International 2000-10-01

Automotive Engineering International 2000-10-01
    • Speed is king
      Motorsports offers automakers a fast way to develop new technologies and quick-thinking engineers. This article explores how DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors approach motorsports as an engineering tool.
    • Electronics: changing the shape of the automobile
      The decisions made by the automotive industry the next few years will forever change the shape of the automobile. The electronic technologies to improve fuel economy, increase passenger safety, lower emissions, and improve reliability are evolving quickly, but because of their cost the exact timeframe for their implementation is undecided.
    • Chevrolet Corvette
      The Z06 is the big news for 2001, the new model having a high-output 5.7-L LS6 V8 developed by GM Powertrain.
    • Innovation meets the mid-size segment
      The 2001 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Stratus offer more power, enhanced NVH characteristics, and improved safety.
    • Third-generation M3
      The all-new high-performance M3 coupe debuts in North America.
    • The Mercedes-Benz C-Class
      Developed in less than four years and at less than $600 million, the all-new C-Class incorporates $1800 worth of improvements as standard.
    • Porsche 911 Turbo
      Longer-lasting and better-performing, a new ceramic composite brake provides more "stop" to a car that is all about "go."
    • Mitsubishi's new Spyder
      A new convertible top and several structural enhancements are added to the 2001 model.
    • Separated at birth
      Though developed from the same component set, the Pontiac Aztek and Buick Rendezvous have their own unique personalities.
    • Cruising technology
      Is Chrysler's PT Cruiser a hot rod? A car? Or even maybe a truck? What is not subject to debate are the new technologies developed by engineers to improve the vehicle performance, ride, and safety.
    • The Volvo S60
      Based on Volvo's new P2 platform, which spawned the S80 and the new V70 series, the S60 was engineered to create a nimble, quick, and distinctively Scandinavian performance-based sedan.
    • Improving minivan design
      Engineers further improve 2001 model Chrysler and Dodge minivans with safety and NVH enhancements.
    • Supplier technology 2001
      As automakers outsource more portions of the vehicle, suppliers are taking on more responsibility for developing increasingly complex systems. The following are some of the many supplier contributions to the latest passenger cars and minivans.
    • Convergence 2000: an electronics showcase
      More than 150 companies involved in automotive electronics will showcase their latest products and capabilities during the Oct. 16-18 conference in Detroit.
    • Semiconductors and 42-V power supplies
      Increases in future automobile voltages will directly and indirectly affect semiconductor devices in every automotive electronic system.
    • The future of automotive electronics
      Global trends, market considerations, and engineering developments are combined to create Delphi Delco Electronics' product vision.
    • Safer Internet access in cars
      Siemens researchers believe that voice-browsing technology can be a safe and cost-effective solution for offering e-mail and Web content in vehicles.
    • Quieter diesels with greater torque and less emissions
      Common-rail injection equipment flexibility gives Delphi Diesel Systems development engineers latitude in critical engine-system designs.
    • Heavy-truck engineering
      Freightliner engineering VP says the appearance and function of heavy trucks belie their technological sophistication.