Automotive Engineering International 2005-01-01
NAIAS supplier guide: what's behind the show cars Seductive surfaces and shocking shapes are what catches the eye at this annual winter mega-car-show in Detroit, but functional parts are key to a new model's ultimate success. Direct-injection resurgence The Japanese OEMs are integrating the latest-generation technology into their newest gasoline and diesel engines, focusing the latter on export markets such as Europe. Hybrids pose electronics challenges The vexing technical issues of integrating conventional and electric propulsion systems are complicated by the push to trim cross. Testing ways to cut NVH costs Traditional approaches to conducting noise, vibration, and harshness testing are often very costly for companies, but alternative solutions exist. Hydrogen power for the masses Japanese companies continue to invest in development of fuel-cell vehicles and hydrogen production capability.