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
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
Introducing Dr. Jack E. Thompson, SAE President for
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
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
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.
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
The century club: driving the automotive industry for
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
Air and fuel characteristics in a spark-ignition
Researchers are studying the interaction of air and fuel in the
intake system of a port-fuel-injected spark-ignition engine.
Economic Development: 'Heart'
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
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
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
The pace of consolidation in the automotive industry has slowed
somewhat, but its importance has not diminished.
Raymond A. Morris named SAE Executive Vice
THe 27-year SAE veteran promises to focus on the needs of the
customer and to become better acquainted with the Detroit
DaimlerChyrsler integrates product, process, and
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
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
Tube hydroforming has become a viable economic alternative to
various stamping and welding processes in automotive
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
Vertical complex-shape headlamp
Another improvement in lighting technology gives designers
increased flexibility in vehicle appearance with no loss in
Advances in static and dynamic exhaust system
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
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,
Living with the customer
Manufacturing industries are on the verge of a whole new way of
International harmonization of safety
Governments around the world are tackling the multiple safety
requirements across markets that are restricting use of common
New fuel volatility indices
Cold-start driveability continues to be a concern for both the
automotive and oil industries.