Though industry sales projections for 2009 were dire, automakers pushed forward with new environmentally friendly technology in concept vehicles with an eye on sportiness.
Teams adopt hybrid power and adapt to slick tires.
Bigger memories, faster cores let engineers boost efficiency and reduce emissions in engines.
Compacted graphite iron, aluminum, and composites have significant roles in engine downsizing, but steel's capability and potential endures.
Engineering a good engine is half the battle; getting it through the assembly process without introducing flaws is the final victory.
West Virginia University professor Dr. James E. Smith issues a call for innovation as one of the central themes of his term as SAE's 2009 President.
From better fuel efficiency to more luxury accoutrements, BMW does more than one-up its flagship.