• NAIAS production vehicles
      The strength of light trucks and crossovers in North America was on display as a majority of the all-new vehicles debuting at the events were for those segments of the industry. This special edition of Global Vehicles provides highlights of new-vhielce technology for 2003 and beyond.
    • Volvo XC90: AEI's Best Engineered Vehicle for 2003
      The new model raises the safety and environmental compatability bars for SUVs.
    • Leading the way
      Fuel-cell vehicles from Toyota and Honda are hitting the streets for customer use in both Japan and the U.S.
    • AEI Tech 2003 Awards
      Automotive Engineering International highlights the top products and technologies (submitted as of February 18) from the SAE 2003 World Congress.
    • Introducing Dr. Jack E. Thompson, SAE President for 2003
      A change agent with early roots in the automotive industry gets in the Society's driver seat.
    • Testing and instrumentation
      This special edition of Product Briefs highlights the latest stationary and mobile equipment used to develop cleaner, quieter, and safer vehicles.
    • Car of 2100 A.D.
      AEI gave readers a chance to speak out on what they thought people in 2100 would be driving. We have chosen the best submissions. Also, the AEI editors have included their best guess as to what cars will be in 2100. We realize that this is a guess but the real answer will not be known for 100 years.
    • V8 power for BMW's M5
      The new 294-kW (400-hp) S62 engine developed by BMW's M GmbH features Double VANOS variable intake and exhaust valve timing, electronic drive-by-wire, and oil circulation boosted as a function of lateral cornering force.
    • Northstar revised for 2000
      Improvements to the powerplant include a roller-follower valvetrain, improved combustion chamber, center-feed intake manifold, coil-on-plug cassette ignition system, and a Siemens powertrain controller.
    • Aston Martin's first V12
      Available in both the DB7 Vantage Coupe and Volante, the flexible all-alloy engine delivers 85% of its peak torque at just 1500 rpm.
    • GM develops a global four
      The all-aluminum engine family that debuted in Saturn's LS also sees duty in a number of upcoming worldwide applications including the new GM Europe Astra Coupe.
    • Engine Briefs
      Elsewhere in this issue, we featured in detail some of the new or significantly revised automotive engines for 2000. What follows are brief summaries of other interesting production units from the world's automakers covered recently in Automotive Engineering International.
    • The century club: driving the automotive industry for 100 years
      As the 21st century dawns, AEI editors have compiled a partial list of companies whose vision, ingenuity, and nuts-and-bolts grasp of the mechanics of automaking have shaped the industry over the past century. Spokesmen from these companies tell whyn they have succeeded and how they plan to build on that success in the new millenium.
    • Air and fuel characteristics in a spark-ignition engine
      Researchers are studying the interaction of air and fuel in the intake system of a port-fuel-injected spark-ignition engine.
    • Economic Development: 'Heart' bypass?
      Is Detroit still the heart of the automotive industry? Will the massive incentive packages being offered to manufacturers by the southeastern states ultimately shift the balance of power from the Midwest to the Southeast? For our first issue of the new century, AEI editors put these and other questions to industry and economic development experts. Their answers may surprise you.
    • Ford exec sees great value in SAE Congress
      SAE Congress Chairman Will Boddie is working to ensure that this year's premier automotive conference, slated for March 4-7 in Detroit, appeals in new ways to engineers as well as senior-level executives.
    • Spark-ignition engine trends
      In the face of growing competition from diesels and alternative power sources, some of the latest prototype and production gasoline-fueled engines show how continued engineering development is meeting demands for more power, reduced fuel consumption and emissions, and more efficient packaging.
    • Expanding supplier capabilities through consolidation
      The pace of consolidation in the automotive industry has slowed somewhat, but its importance has not diminished.
    • Raymond A. Morris named SAE Executive Vice President
      THe 27-year SAE veteran promises to focus on the needs of the customer and to become better acquainted with the Detroit automotive industry.
    • DaimlerChyrsler integrates product, process, and plant
      CATIA software is the core around which DaimlerChysler hopes to establish a virtual manufacturing system that allows new vehicles--and the plants that manufacture them--to be designed simultaneously with full simulation and visualization.
    • The right bead in the right place at the right time
      Loctite assures customers of quality by assuming more responsibility for the adhesive-dispensing process.
    • New manufacturing and design solutions
      Several software products will begin the new millenium with enhancements adding to a list of others that continue to provide good functionality and capability to engineers.
    • Increasing the hydroforming knowledge base
      Tube hydroforming has become a viable economic alternative to various stamping and welding processes in automotive applications.
    • Controlling two-stroke engine emissions
      With the constant rich operation of two-stroke engines, common design criteria for three-way catalysts fail.
    • DaimlerChrysler technical symposium
      A year after the merger that created the new corporation, engineers from both groups came together to present a unified technical symposium to review the future direction of the new organization. Here are some highlights of the more significant technical developments.
    • Vertical complex-shape headlamp reflectors
      Another improvement in lighting technology gives designers increased flexibility in vehicle appearance with no loss in lighting performance.
    • Advances in static and dynamic exhaust system seating
      Major redesign, combined with minor improvements in simple details, returns significant benefits in sealing.
    • Remote HID headlamp system options
      Bringing the performance benefits of new technology to mainstream vehicle segments put demands on development engineering.
    • Heavy vehicle instrumentation trends in Asia
      Governments and manufacturers worldwide continue to design and develop safety and efficiency improvements for transportation.
    • Trucks: more than freight haulers
      Show exhibitors and panelists (a blue ribbon gathering of executives and engineers) at the 1999 SAE Truck & Bus Meeting & Exposition offered insights into future truck innovations, as well as examples of current innovative products.
    • Tech 2000 Awards
      AEI editors highlight the Top 50 new products to be introduced at SAE 2000 World Congress scheduled for Mar. 6-9, 2000, Cobo Center, Detroit, MI.
    • Living with the customer
      Manufacturing industries are on the verge of a whole new way of doing business.
    • International harmonization of safety research
      Governments around the world are tackling the multiple safety requirements across markets that are restricting use of common vehicle designs.
    • New fuel volatility indices
      Cold-start driveability continues to be a concern for both the automotive and oil industries.