Automotive Engineering International 2002-08-01

Automotive Engineering International 2002-08-01
    • Then there were two
      Prevailing sentiment in the Japanese media, and to some extent among the public, is that there are two truly indigenous automobile manufacturers in Japan: the Toyota group of companies and Honda. Others have entrenched themselves in global alliances for much-needed infusions of foreign capital.
    • Cars and light trucks merge
      As light-vehicle segments blur in function and utlility, Japanese manufacturers are placing body design emphasis on optimum space utilization and crash safety.
    • Chassis trends
      Technologies in development by Japanese companies include lane keeping, steer by wire, and dynamic stability via hybrid-electric drive.
    • Engines and electric motors
      The Japanese industry is pursuing a high-tech mix of internal combustion engines, hybrid IC/electric powertrains, and fuel cells.
    • Proof of performance
      As advanced powertrain technologies such as cylinder deactivation, hybrid-electric drivelines, and fuel-cell propulsion become more prevalent, independent service providers and OEMs are positioning themselves to support these trends through greater testing and engineering service capabilities.
    • Steel rules the body panel kingdom
      The predominant choice for the armor of mass-produced cars and trucks, steel is not going unchallenged at a time when weight reduction is more important than ever.
    • Testing and engineering resources
      Independent service providers are continually expanding their portfolio of technical capabilities to meet the testing and engineering needs of automotive OEMs and suppliers. AEI editors review some of the latest service and technologies being offered to the industry.