Automotive Engineering International 2003-04-01

Automotive Engineering International 2003-04-01
  • Phantom materializes
    BMW's Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveils its first model, an aluminum-bodied sedan with rear-hinged rear doors and a new V12.
  • Protecting the cabin from powertrain NVH
    OEMs are getting help from suppliers such as Collins & Aikman and Bayer in damping NVH, thanks to innovation in plastics.
  • Forced induction
    Environmental pressures prompt renewed interest in turbochargers and superchargers.
  • Collaboration software emerges
    Interactive product development tools that can decrease design time and cost, enhance quality, and improve engineering processes are now widely available.
  • Validated virtual testing
    DaimlerChrysler and MTS Systems have verified that component load histories can be predicted before prototypes are built.
  • Automation: a tool, not an end
    Toyota and its suppliers try to strike a balance between automation and manual labor at their U.S. plants.
  • Rouge: symbol of past points to future
    A rebirth at Ford's famous manufacturing complex honors the past but puts the focus on the future.
  • Aluminum and the XJ
    Its construction and the techniques used to build it dominate the sixth-generation Jaguar sedan's technology story.
  • Driving the Hy-wire
    GM's Larry Burns sees the alliance of fuel-cell and by-wire technologies as an essential element in the development of tomorrow's vehicles.
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