The high-profile event combined new technology, fresh design, debuts of major production models, and styling concepts in a compact venue.
Every year in the May issue, Automotive Engineering International explores the major technology trends defining the auotmotive industry in North America. In June, it will do the same Europe, and in August Asia.
Despite a century of refinement, the gasoline engine still has untapped potential, say industry executives.
The quest for light, quieter, and safer cars and light trucks influences the design and engineering of most vehicle areas--body not excluded.
U.S. OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are collaborating to deliver the latest technology for performance and safety, but integration stays in-house.
North American OEMs and suppliers are doing their best to match their European and Asian competitors in the areas of interior appearance, functionality, and overall satisfaction.
Through use of new technologies and integration, the industry continues to broaden the reach of sensors in passenger vehicles.
The relatively new semiconductor type combines a 16-bit microcontroller and a digital signal processor on one chip, with the benefits of both, says Microchip Technology.
Although better known for passenger cars, the Tokyo Motor Show also featured the latest two-wheeler technology from the Japanese manufacturers.
Logistical obstacles continue to limit true build-to-order, but manufacturers pursue alternatives.