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Automotive Engineering International: Feature articles

The latest in Automotive Engineering International v114n11 November 2006

Parisian delights (The concept vehicles at September’s Paris Motor Show ranged from futuristic, over-the-top dream machines with diesel hybrid power to fuel-efficient small cars with high-end interiors.)

 Software poses hard challenges (Autocoding, reuse help automakers produce increasingly more lines of code.)

 The two-wheeler future (Japanese manufacturers look to crossovers, hybrids, and alternative-energy concepts to reinvigorate the motorcycle industry.)

 An Aura of refinement (Saturn took cues from its European partner when designing a new entrant for the U.S. midsize market.)

 Decongesting Denver (The road to safer and more efficient ground transportation in the Mile High City is being paved, in part, via a romance between highway and light rail.)

 Hybrids for commerce (Though they represent a fraction of the Japanese hybrid fleet, the four Japanese commercial-vehicle manufacturers offer diesel-electric hybrid trucks and buses that are on the leading edge of the technology.)


Tech Briefs

  • Lifestyles lab helps Hyundai adapt
  • TRW active front steer helps tackle curves
  • Collaborating on diesel technology
  • Noise-inspired assembly
  • ‘Fun to drive,’ low-emissions diesel by Ricardo
  • Millbrook dips further into safety testing

 Focus on Electronics

  • VoiceBox enables XM conversational control
  • Partnerships help expand electronic offerings
  • Schott filter improves night vision systems
  • SAE standard elevates model-based design

 Material Innovations

  • ‘Green’ is theme of GE resins
  • Rhodia polyamide all about appearance
  • Carbon-fiber wheels hit the road

About Ed Eckel

I am a engineering and applied sciences librarian at Western Michigan University.


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