The editors of Automotive Engineering International preview the most innovative supplier technologies to be displayed April 24-26 in Detroit at the SAE 2012 World Congress. The top five are highlighted in this edition, but additional technologies and other event coverage can be viewed online at www.sae.org/mags/aei/saewc.
With the prevalence of automotive engine downsizing for better efficiency and emissions, greater emphasis is being placed on turbo aerodynamics to achieve wider-range and high-efficiency single-stage compressors.
A Bosch-led consortium sponsored by the U.S. DOE, and a research team at Sandia National Laboratories, are pushing to unlock the fuel-efficiency potential of the elusive homogeneous-charge compression ignition engine.
The versatility of LEDs gives stylists many options while raising many challenges for engineers.
The Cadillac XTS model comes out in late spring, with the ATS to follow in mid-summer with the new R-1234yf A/C refrigerant. Behind the scenes, regulatory paperwork issues have delayed production from a DuPont- Honeywell joint venture plant in China, and an SAE committee chairman has asked the EPA to expedite approvals for service equipment.