Automotive Engineering International 2003-12-01

Automotive Engineering International 2003-12-01
    • Concepts from 2003 Tokyo Motor Show
      Environmental, safety, and information technology were strongly emphasized in an impressive array of fuel-cell, hybrid, and pure electric concept cars.
    • LEDs shine on
      The lighting technology's compact size, power, and durability excite designers who still long for flexibility in interior and exterior styling.
    • GM, software, and electronics
      At its annual media preview of new models, the company demonstrated how its technology investments will pay off in more features, for more people, in more market segments.
    • Plastics roll into new territory
      From structural members to Class A surfaces, plastics continue to find increasingly broad application in the automotive industry.
    • 2003 technology in review
      AEI editors look back at some of the most significant production-intent innovations introduced over the past year.
    • Forging ahead in metal forming
      Crude though the means may have been, humans began making and shaping metal several millenia ago. It's a cleaner and more refined undertaking today.
    • Full-throttle flexibility
      Design, engineering, supply-chain management, and other factors pave the way for "manufacturing-that-can-turn-on-a-dime" capability for Oshkosh Truck Corp.
    • Not so easily diesel
      At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technical Officer Richard Parry-Jones talked to AEI about diesel, design, and global sharing of technologies.
    • BMW looks to the future
      New technologies being explored for production potential come from hybrid research, Formula One racing, and aerospace engineering.