Automotive Engineering International 2002-11-01

Automotive Engineering International 2002-11-01
    • Tech Highlights: 2002 Mondial de L'Automobile
      European editor Stuart Birch gives a run down of some of the significant vehicle and technology debuts at the Paris Motor Show, beginning with the French automakers.
    • Supply-chain trends
      With increased responsibility for modules and warranties, automotive suppliers are finding innovative ways to manage their supply chains.
    • Sports car racing technology
      Le Mans series race car engineering reach a high-water mark in 2002, but will likely recede in 2003.
    • Innovation at DaimlerChrysler
      Chairman and CEO Jurgen Schrempp believes that in the next 15 years, car technology and design will move ahead more rapidly than at any time in the past half century--and that almost everything except the basic four-wheel layout could change.
    • Escape Hybrid is a showstopper
      Ford in 2003 will launch the world's first production hybrid-electric SUV, which will be the subject of much discussion at this month's 2002 SAE International Truck & Bus Meeting & Exhibition.
    • Next-generation NorthStar
      The engine/transmission combination has been significantly updated for new rear- and all-wheel-drive applications beginning with Cadillac's 2004 XLR and SRX.
    • Mazda6
      The C/D-segment car leads Mazda's new product offensive, to be folllowed by the Fiesta-based Mazda2/Demio, RX-8 sports car, and Protege replacement.