As it does every year, AEI takes a look at automotive industry trends in the three major regions of the world, beginning in this issue with a look at the North American industry and how domestic OEMs and suppliers are shaping its future. Europe will be the focus in June, Japan in August.
Traditional and not-so-traditional power sources will share the roads in North America as OEMs and suppliers continue to research and develop a variety of advanced propulsion technologies.
OEMs are giving suppliers greater responsibilities not only for delivering vehicle interiors, but also for consumer research that leads to compelling interior designs.
Advanced technologies are enabling light trucks and SUVs to close the ride, handling, and safety gap with passenger cars.
Though CAN dominates the automotive market, a number of complementary protocols are expected to gain acceptance to address specific needs for speed, reliability, and value.
OEMs and their suppliers are developing technology for optimized interior illumination and greater brand differentiation.
Aerodynamic development of the 2001 NASCAR Dodge Intrepid R/T was accelerated with a combination of analysis and testing.