Automotive Engineering International 2004-05-01

Automotive Engineering International 2004-05-01
    • Technical highlights from Geneva
      The high-profile event combined new technology, fresh design, debuts of major production models, and styling concepts in a compact venue.
    • North American technology trends
      Every year in the May issue, Automotive Engineering International explores the major technology trends defining the auotmotive industry in North America. In June, it will do the same Europe, and in August Asia.
    • Internal-combustion engineering
      Despite a century of refinement, the gasoline engine still has untapped potential, say industry executives.
    • Body building
      The quest for light, quieter, and safer cars and light trucks influences the design and engineering of most vehicle areas--body not excluded.
    • Chassis integration keeps the rubber on the road
      U.S. OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are collaborating to deliver the latest technology for performance and safety, but integration stays in-house.
    • Spending time in--and money on--interiors
      North American OEMs and suppliers are doing their best to match their European and Asian competitors in the areas of interior appearance, functionality, and overall satisfaction.
    • Sensing significant growth
      Through use of new technologies and integration, the industry continues to broaden the reach of sensors in passenger vehicles.
    • Digital signal controllers
      The relatively new semiconductor type combines a 16-bit microcontroller and a digital signal processor on one chip, with the benefits of both, says Microchip Technology.
    • Mega-scooters and motorcycles
      Although better known for passenger cars, the Tokyo Motor Show also featured the latest two-wheeler technology from the Japanese manufacturers.
    • Building vehicles to order
      Logistical obstacles continue to limit true build-to-order, but manufacturers pursue alternatives.