Automotive Engineering International 2009-08-01

Automotive Engineering International 2009-08-01
  • Toyota punches innovations pedal
    From hybrids to robots, Toyota promises new ways of thinking to produce new and better products.
  • Hyundai dreams
    As part of an internal competition, Hyundai designers let their minds wander through time, space, and perhaps some new dimension to conjure concepts that seem outlandish today.
  • Maza fired up about internal combustion
    There is room in the market for hybrids and all-electric vehicles, but Mazda believes that internal-combustion engine offers the biggest bang for the buck.
  • Helping hands
    Engineering consulting service providers expect to help OEMs meet greater fuel efficiency and tighter emissions standards.
  • The upside ofdownsizing
    Hybrid powertrains are undergoing huge changes as successive generations emerge, increasing efficiency and offering better performance, with component sizes shrinking as engineers make changes that address cost.
  • Lightweighting gives composites new life
    Progress in fiber-reinforced resin composite technology opens the prospect of replacing metal chassis and body structures.
  • Insider trading down?
    More space, less weight, more recycled products, and a back-to-basics policy are some of the aims of interior designers as electric cars start to challenge current thinking.
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