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Coming full circle: Honda of America Mfg. has reconfigured its plants to conform to Honda's global New Manufacturing System while quietly re-focusing on manufacturing fundamentals. Jul 1, 2005 3581
Electric steering gets a boost: with the move to 42-volt electrical architectures on indefinite hold, OEMs are looking for ways to provide the benefits of electric steering while still using traditional hydraulic systems. Jun 1, 2005 488
Toward the plug-and-play car: AUTOSAR promises to give automotive electronics what it currently lacks--a plug-and-play environment where software modules work together seamlessly. Ultimately, its ability to redistribute computing power may destroy plug-and-play itself. Jun 1, 2005 911
Australia ascendant: with decades of automotive development and production experience, a reputation for doing more with less and an address next door to the world's fastest growing markets, Australia is on the rise. Industry Overview May 1, 2005 1062
What you should know about Ultra-Wideband: proponents say Ultra-Wideband wireless technology can quickly and reliably move huge amounts of data throughout the car, making it well-suited for multimedia applications. It also could eliminate the cost, complexity and weight of conventional wire harnesses ... someday. May 1, 2005 648
Honda re-thinks the pickup: the Ridgeline comes closer to merging the virtues of both cars and pickup trucks than any other vehicle. Honda calls it the first next generation pickup, but will others follow its lead? Apr 1, 2005 787
The Corvette goes aluminum: for the high-performance Corvette Z06 GM defied tradition and switched from a steel to an aluminum frame. Apr 1, 2005 607
All the (electronic) comforts of home: watching DVDs in the car is so last year. The latest round of in-vehicle entertainment focuses on watching TV from built-in hard drives and surfing the web while speeding down the highway (passengers only, please). Mar 1, 2005 850
A new way to look at welding: researchers at Battelle have developed a modeling method that can predict fatigue life in weld joints and thereby cut millions in development costs. Mar 1, 2005 529
Delphi's domestic strategy: while Delphi will continue to work at being the largest supplier of mobile automotive electronics, it is working to create awareness and preference among everyday car audio buyers, not just the people at the OEMs. Feb 1, 2005 893
Tires of the future? If automotive tire upstart Amerityre can perfect its polyurethane tires, we may soon have to revise the phrase "where the rubber meets the road.". Feb 1, 2005 572
Machining gets smarter: machine tools that think? That's the goal of an initiative that wants to make a quantum leap in machine intelligence. Jan 1, 2005 803
Designing safer bodies the Volvo way: in which we travel to Volvo's headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, to learn how the automaker whose name is synonymous with safety approaches body engineering. Dec 1, 2004 968
Sweden does telematics: in automotive circles Gothenburg is known mainly as the home of Volvo, but Sweden's second largest city has become a hotspot for telematics research that is drawing global attention. Dec 1, 2004 1022
Freestyle and Five Hundred: Ford gets two for one. Nov 1, 2004 667
Automotive lighting goes electronic: steady improvements in Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology promises to transform the electronic light sources from a bit part in vehicles to a dominant role. Nov 1, 2004 1043
The new Honda Odyssey: beyond the mom-mobile? Honda shoots for a revolution with its updated benchmark minivan. Oct 1, 2004 1032
Who needs paint? Automakers have long dreamed of building assembly plants that don't need expensive, emissions-intensive paint shops. With plastic film technologies maturing quickly that dream may soon be within reach. Oct 1, 2004 971
Ford Super Duty: it's all about capability. Sep 1, 2004 608
New age interiors. Sep 1, 2004 968
Return of the electric car? Electric vehicles, hybrid powertrains and fuel cells are generally seen as three distinctly different development paths, but Delphi's chief technologist is championing a concept that brings them all together in one vehicle. Could this be the powertrain of the future? Aug 1, 2004 987
Can carbon fiber compete? Aug 1, 2004 1096
Electronic technologies to watch: diodes that convert waste heat into electricity, cheap computer chips printed like newspapers, and electromechanical devices that fit on the head of a pin. All of these technologies are in the works and targeted at the automobile, so you should pay attention to them now. Jul 1, 2004 1019
Reaching planet stylist: ICEM claims its new concept design software can speed vehicle development by translating stylists' sketches directly into engineering data. Jul 1, 2004 625
Do plastic body panels have a future? Remember those Saturn commercials showing shopping carts bouncing harmlessly off of plastic body panels? Good idea, right? But apparently the approach never really caught on. Now the question is: will it ever? Jun 1, 2004 1045
Steel wheels make a comeback: aluminum wheels have been on a roll for two decades, but better materials, design and production techniques promise to put steel back on top. May 1, 2004 942
Telematics for the people: falling electronics and software costs and new approaches promise to move navigation systems out of the realm of pricey gadget and into mainstream use faster than you might think. May 1, 2004 1067
Volvo S40: all of the Volvo virtues in a smaller package. Apr 1, 2004 726
Lotus bonds with aluminum. Cover Story Apr 1, 2004 1282
Toward the "connected car"; Two big trends in automotive electronics: in-car entertainment and wireless connectivity are merging to make vehicles full-fledged "nodes" on the infotainment superhighway. Mar 1, 2004 1105
Assembly: how standard can you get? For assembly equipment, standardization is becoming the standard. Which leads us to ask: how long before you can order an entire assembly line from a catalog? Mar 1, 2004 990
Lotus' Versatile venture: Versatile Vehicle Architecture is Lotus Engineering's attempt to take platform sharing to the next level and allow automakers to make unique vehicles with high commonality and lower investment. If it succeeds, there could be a lot more funky low-volume vehicles in the marketplace. Feb 1, 2004 910
Steeling plastics: having conquered interiors and trim parts, plastics are now making inroads into automotive structural components with the help of an unlikely ally--steel. Feb 1, 2004 1056
Glazed and diffused. Feb 1, 2004 564
How EGA makes better dies; Honda Engineering North America (EGA) has developed a recipe for making inexpensive dies that can produce complex panels: start with digital prototyping, stir in simulations and add a dollop of creative frugality. Jan 1, 2004 956
Tokyo gets serious: at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese automakers rejected wacky for workable and gave a glimpse of a stylish, alternative-powered future. Dec 1, 2003 1020
3 future takes from Japan's Big 3: can Nissan continue its comeback? Will Toyota surpass GM in global sales? Is there a Honda fuel cell vehicle in your future? Dec 1, 2003 946
Ambitious Denso: already one of the world's biggest automotive suppliers, Denso Corp. plans to expand its reach by developing a diverse array of new products, and it has the R&D wherewithal to get it done. Dec 1, 2003 1497
Testing 1,2,3. Dec 1, 2003 1103
IBM forges ahead in automotive: IBM's Automotive Software Foundry initiative seeks to bring order to the chaotic world of automotive software development and put OEMs back in the drivels seat. Nov 1, 2003 679
Flemish [car-making] masters. Nov 1, 2003 1214
Mercedes' virtual reliance: the centerpiece of Mercedes' design strategy isn't real. It's virtual. Oct 1, 2003 2345
A hitchhiker's guide to the telematics ecosystem. Oct 1, 2003 1086
Ford's next step in engine manufacturing. Oct 1, 2003 510
Wiring the tires. Sep 1, 2003 1327
Hey! what're you lookin' at? Eye-tracking systems promise to reduce accidents by helping drivers keep their eyes on the road. They have become increasingly sophisticated and are poised to enter production within five years as part of sensor-based safety packages. Aug 1, 2003 1117
Gesture interfaces for automotive > control: (beyond digital expletives). (Digital-Domain). Jul 1, 2003 1342
AM General shows automation isn't everything. . Brief Article Jun 1, 2003 334
Baking low-cost ceramic cakes. . Brief Article Jun 1, 2003 128
Siemens leverages its Research and Development might. Jun 1, 2003 398
Broadband for the car. Jun 1, 2003 1055
Surfacing: more than skin deep. (Supply Side). Apr 1, 2003 916
Can copper make a comeback? (Supply Side). Apr 1, 2003 1153
Is this [finally] the year of Bluetooth? (Supply Side). Mar 1, 2003 1223
The "mephitic air" advantage. (WIP). Brief Article Feb 1, 2003 298
The new muscle for cars. Feb 1, 2003 497
How to succeed in tough times. (Supply Side). Company Profile Feb 1, 2003 955
Bosal's Lightweight Exhaust System. (Parts Bin). Feb 1, 2003 574
Green by design. (On Cars). Jan 1, 2003 1640
A tale of two applications. (WIP). Brief Article Dec 1, 2002 211
Getting the hex outta here. (WIP). Dec 1, 2002 466
Faster fluid flow simulation. (WIP). Dec 1, 2002 406
Danger head. (Engineer). Dec 1, 2002 1378
Building bodies better, faster cheaper. (Produce). Dec 1, 2002 915
UGN's fast start. (Wip). Nov 1, 2002 502
Postcards from Portugal. (Produce). Nov 1, 2002 1495
Metaldyne: supporting strategy with technology. (Produce). Oct 1, 2002 847
Cool under pressure. (On Materials). Brief Article Sep 1, 2002 685
Building a better CVT? (WIP). Brief Article Sep 1, 2002 266
Bearing up. (WIP). Brief Article Sep 1, 2002 382
Honda changes the game. (On Cars). Aug 1, 2002 1116
Lear's full-service approach to interior development: interior supplier Lear is implementing the advantage of employing a product and process development approach to creating innovative products for its customers. (Engineer). Brief Article Aug 1, 2002 514
Smyrna maxes out. (Produce). Brief Article Jul 1, 2002 895
A real-time solution for Ford. (WIP). Brief Article Jun 1, 2002 251
Touch and go. (Design). Jun 1, 2002 1214
Microscopic manufacturing at Motorola. (Produce). Jun 1, 2002 1362
Revolutionizing the internal combustion engine. (Design). Brief Article May 1, 2002 890
Ford's future factory -- now! The future of manufacturing at Ford is now on display at the new Dearborn Engine Plant. It's streamlined, flexible and poised to change the way the No. 2 automaker does business. (Produce). May 1, 2002 1289
A brighter approach to development: Guide Crop. is using software skills and cross-functional teams to create better lighting solutions for its customers--fast. (Design). Apr 1, 2002 1245
Moraine gets lean: Intent on becoming leaner and more efficient, GM has revamped its Moraine Assembly Plant with an eye toward higher quality and faster launches. (Produce). Brief Article Apr 1, 2002 890
Genetic Engineering: Where are the shapes of things to come? How is the vehicle evolving? Here's an analysis. (Design). Brief Article Mar 1, 2002 2146
Honda's Alabama Odyssey. (Produce). Brief Article Mar 1, 2002 1129
PAG's American strategy. (WIP). Brief Article Feb 1, 2002 260
Talking design: Automotive designer Ken Okuyama talks about current automotive designs and where the industry is going in the future. (Design). Brief Article Feb 1, 2002 874
Luxury simplified. (Design). Brief Article Feb 1, 2002 590
Visteon's common soft touch. (Produce). Brief Article Feb 1, 2002 974
Looking both ways. (WIP). Brief Article Jan 1, 2002 410
Saleen's mass customization approach. (Produce). Jan 1, 2002 1453
Solve for X: X-By-wire Technologies offer the promise of safer, Better-Handling cars that are easier and faster -- and eventually, cheaper -- to develop and Build. (Engineer). Statistical Data Included Dec 1, 2001 1502
Regulations, economics & plastics: The uneasy relationship. (MATERIALS On). Nov 1, 2001 1150
Will diesels shake off a bad image? (WIP). Brief Article Nov 1, 2001 524
Koyo gears up to make EPS in the U.S. (WIP). Brief Article Nov 1, 2001 246
Bad weather on demand. (WIP). Brief Article Nov 1, 2001 414
The building future: A small group of designers at a colorado company is working to revolutionize the way cars are designed and built. One key to this is replacing steel bodies with plastics. (Produce). Nov 1, 2001 1258
SIEMENS DIVES INTO LOGISTICS AUTOMATION. Brief Article Oct 1, 2001 201
ZF's S.O.P. for Customer Focus. Company Profile Oct 1, 2001 1369
Chevy Avalanche: SUT alors! (On Cars). Brief Article Sep 1, 2001 1038
Double the light. (Wip). Brief Article Sep 1, 2001 154
Toyota pursues the elusive "Triple Wow". (Engineer). Brief Article Sep 1, 2001 1512
Quietly making lots of transmission. (Produce). Statistical Data Included Sep 1, 2001 1216

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