Seats of power
Car users are sitting on more advanced features than ever before,
but increasing demands for "comfort" and other
considerations have focused industry brainpower on slimmer seat
designs, new trim materials, and innovative technology
Big changes for powertrain control
Electronics innovations are behind many of the advances in hybrid,
diesel, and conventional gasoline engines.
Plastic on the outside
For many new vehicles, light weight is paramount, and so too is
eye-catching design. That's why plastic body panels will become
Toyota powers ahead
The company's powertrain strategy follows Toyota President
Watanabe's dream that a Toyota car be able to cross the
American continent with no refueling while cleansing the atmosphere
as it travels.
The Honda way
In the pipeline are a "dedicated hybrid car for family
use," a super-clean diesel that meets U.S. Tier 2 BIN 5
standards, and updates to more conventional engines to reduce
corporate fleet CO2 averages.
Pinpointing sources of quality lapses
Assembly plants are easy targets for criticism, but not always the