Automotive Engineering International 2002-05-01

Automotive Engineering International 2002-05-01
    • Bouncing back
      The economic slowdown of the past year or so tooks its toll on the U.S. automotive industry, with U.S. OEMs suffering the brunt of lost sales. This four-section article explores some of the issues shaping the U.S. auto industry and some of the technologies U.S. OEMs and suppliers are using to combat their emboldened overseas competitors.
    • Powering the future
      It's anyone's guess as to what type of power source will ultimately drive the majority of future vehicles in North America, but one thing is certain: advancements in various powertrain technologies from industry players are ready to make today's and tomorrow's cars more environmentally--and customer--friendly.
    • Inside North American vehicles
      Vehicle interiors are incorporating more and more electronics, telematics, and other advanced technologies, challenging engineers and desginers to make them simple, safe, comfortable, and appealing.
    • Integration hits overdrive in chassis systems
      Suppliers are getting more and more responsibility in the design of suspension and other chassis modules and systems.
    • Electric heating and air-conditioning
      Valeo engineers believe new systems for 42-V vehicles will provide benefits in environmental protection, cabin comfort, and overall safety.
    • Sensing the possibilities
      Innovation and new opportunity are driving development of automotive sensors.
    • Exploring the Geneva Salon
      Entering the annual motor show is almost like stepping into the inner sanctum of a motor manufacturer's design studio or advanced engineering center.
    • Materials for lightweight tailgates
      Alcoa, with help from DuPont, has developed a hybrid of aluminum and polymer materials that, along with new manufacturing and assembly processes, enables significant tailgate weight reduction without compromising performance.
    • Powering the digital car
      In the future, consumers may be basing their vehicle preferences on the performance of automotive electronics systems, say experts that attended SAE's Digital Car Conference.