1932-01-01

Automobile Engineering Progress 320023

GENERAL DESIGN and detail mechanical developments that have been made in the last year and incorporated in automobile, truck and motorcoach models for 1932 are reviewed by the author, who also points out noticeable trends in a number of directions. He deals in order with the cars as a whole and with each major component, from the powerplant to the tires and body, as found in many leading makes.
Decision of the industry not to announce the details of new models until the end of the year, at or immediately before the opening of the New York Automobile Show in January, interfered with the presentation at this time of a complete picture of all the improvements made in American motor-vehicles, but enough information is believed to be given to show the more important developments and the ways in which the automotive engineers have responded to the desire of the times for greater refinement and efficiency in automobiles.
The improvements are reflected in better appearance; greater comfort; reduction of air resistance, noise and weight; insulation against heat from the engine; easier control; improved visibility; longer service life of some parts; avoidance of vapor lock; enhanced safety; increased operating economy; and simplified servicing in some cases.

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