The industry kicked off what many are calling the Year of the Car at the North American International Auto Show in January. Cars and car-based crossovers took center stage, with many of the new models being derived from flexible architecture that will spawn many distinct products.
Hybrid-electric technology is growing beyond economy cars to boost performance for luxury and sports cars and trucks.
The second-generation gasoline/electric hybrid provides a larger and more versatile mid-size interior and sginificantly improves upon its pioneering predecessor in terms of performance, efficiency, emissions, and consumer appeal.
The new editors of Automotive Engineering International highlight some of the innovative new products and technologies on exhibit at the SAE 2004 World Congress based on the latest information provided by suppliers.
The industry's suppliers are developing equipment and methods that are helping OEMs design better powertrains and chassis.
With over 35 years of experience in the off-highway industry, Duane Tiede steps up to a new challenge--leading SAE into its 100th year.