Automotive Engineering International 2003-10-01

Automotive Engineering International 2003-10-01
    • Body control electronics shapes up
      The electronics revolution is advancing unabated in vehicle and body control, but the addition of features ranging from electronic power steering to tire pressure monitoring poses numerous challenges for electronics engineers.
    • Telematics comes back on line
      Interfaces will play a huge role in expected growth.
    • Cadillac XLR
      The new luxury roadster, designed to go head-to-head with models from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Lexus, uses an all-new 4.6-L Northstar V8 and innovative features such as adaptive cruise control, Magnetic Ride Control, and keyless access.
    • 2005 Ford GT
      The company's image vehicle helped develop engineering skills in the race to production.
    • Chrysler Pacifica
      Safety and infotainment features abound in the upscale 2004 sports tourer.
    • 5 Series changes shape
      BMW adopted an aluminum/steel hybrid body in the interests of light weight and even weight distribution, and worked with ZF Lenksysteme to introduce active steering.
    • Nissan Quest
      Nissan aimed to break out of the box and change perceptions of the minivan as a whole with its all-new 2004 Quest minivan.
    • Porsche Carrera GT
      The German automaker employed the highest of high technologies and applied for 70 patents in developing the supersport model.
    • The balance of power
      Intelligent management of electrical loads and innovative power-saving technologies allow current 14-V electrical architectures to accomodate features and capabilities once thought to be exclusive to 42-V architectures.