The recent automatic-transmission introductions by Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, and ZF highlight the trend toward greater gear-ratio spreads for better launch performance and cruising efficiency.
Ride and handling can be influenced and controlled by the latest electronics, but careful mechanical design of the suspension can deliver significant benefits.
Driven by the insatiable demand for more usable navigation information and entertainment content, automotive disk drives will become commonplace, but not until cost and other issues are overcome, experts predict.
Light truck and SUV designers must reconcile conservative customer tastes with the need for reduced drag to bost efficiency.
Carmakers consider a variety of solutions to the problem of saving lives outside the vehicle.
The rapid development of the XC90 on the S80 platform was marked by use of computational fluid dynamics techniques, which delivered 50% more cooling airflow and drove the development of more advanced methods for future programs.
It is a slow way to make them, but for low-volume vehicles such as the Pontiac Solstice, GM believes it is effective for producing large, complex, and blemish-free body panels.
Johnson Controls uses lean manufacturing principles and Six Sigma to stay ahead of the competition in terms of quality and productivity.
With little automation, the British carmaker's new assembly plant is all about hand-built excellence.