1995-12-01

Past, Present and Future Vehicle Architecture 952791

Numerous vehicle architectures have been developed and produced in North America, Europe and Asia during the past 100 years of the automobile industry. A brief historical review of the major types of vehicle architecture is presented. Next, several current vehicle types and unique prototype vehicles will be reviewed. The human, social, economical and environmental factors that affect vehicle design on a global basis will be discussed. Based upon these factors, a projection of future vehicle architectures is presented highlighting new processes and materials to be used to meet future needs.

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