The global economic crisis could trigger novel engineering solutions and the need for comprehensive testing.
Only 10% of cars on Europe's roads by 2020 may be zero-emissions vehicles, but Mercedes-Benz is supporting future ZEV and other advanced technologies with an undiminished R&D budget.
Design and engineering lead-time tightening may be strangling innovative thinking, says Royal College of Art's Harrow.
Renault anticipates that a majority of its powertrains will be downsized to the 0.9- to 1.2-L range and that electric cars will appeal to 30% of the buying public.
Automatic-shifting dual-clutch transmissions are poised to grab share from traditional transmissions thanks to their combination of efficiency and convenience.
A push is under way to move stainless steel into more vehicle applications that just exhaust systems-notably structural parts and fuel cells.
Software is helping to make safety components more economical in terms of weight, size, and cost, in addition to reliably achieving their intended functions.