Automotive Engineering International 2004-10-01

Automotive Engineering International 2004-10-01
    • Safe and sensitive
      Sensor fusion is the latest data sharing scheme for improving the performance of safety systems.
    • BMW counts down to 1 Series
      The company's latest entry in the premium compact segment comes to market with rear-wheel drive, 50:50 weight distribution, and longitudinally mounted engines headlined by a powerful turbodiesel.
    • Chevrolet re-engineers Corvette
      Although the new C6 is shorter and narrower than its predecessor, engineers wanted "more power, more passion, more precision" for the two-seat sportscar.
    • 2005 Honda Odyssey
      The completely re-engineered model features new technologies from the inside out related to safety, performance, and entertainment.
    • Chrsyler 300 / Dodge Magnum
      The "it" vehicles for the 2005 model year feature advanced technologies such as cylinder deactivation to go along with Hemi power and distinctive styling.
    • Ford makes space for family vehicles
      Volvo donates its P2 platform for the new Ford Five Hundred, Freestyle, and Mercury Montego.
    • Lotus adapts to the U.S.
      The company hopes the re-engineered Elise can out-manuever its competition by showing the importance of performance through light weight.
    • Exerting greater control
      Controller architectures shift and add functionality as overall usage grows.
    • Let there be (more) light
      Sunroofs and skylights have gone from leaky aftermarket afterthoughts to profitable features designed into new cars from the start.
    • Metal mountain
      Automakers have had--and continue to seek--greater use of new and advanced metals, especially for light trucks.
    • An integrating experience
      The importance of systems integration will be an overarching theme at a new SAE conference, COMVEC, for the commercial vehicle and off-highway industries.
    • Achieving product agility at GM
      A soon-to-launch manufacturing technology will provide the world's largest automaker with a way to shorten product changeover times.
    • The car at the crossroads
      SAE 100 Future look: As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Society of Automotive Engineers, it is fitting that we look back at the outstanding achievements of the past century before we look with determination at the challenges that lie ahead.
    • Alternatives for fueling personal mobility
      SAE 100 Future look: What technology will drive passenger vehicles in the future? Ask a number of automotive engineers this question, and you'll likely get an equal numbers of answers.
    • The future of passenger vehicles
      SAE 100 Future look: In 1905, when SAE was born, automobiles were known as horseless carriages. It was an apt description considering their appearance and level of sophistication.
    • Can R-134a be saved?
      Though labeled a greenhouse gas that the European Community wants to phase out, many in the United States and Asia want to continue with the refrigerant but reduce its environmental impact until a viable alternative is well developed.