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Manufacturing the Mini

That the Mini is an icon is beyond dispute.

Toyota Pursues the Elusive 'Triple WOW'

Built on an all-new platform, the 2002 Toyota Camry is quieter and roomier while being both more fuel efficient and more powerful. It was developed in far less time than its predecessor, to new standards that should ensure even higher manufacturing quality. So, the folks at Toyota are pretty satisfied with their handiwork.

A Quick Look at Rapid Prototyping

Nowadays you have a slew of machines to choose from for making physical reality out of virtual solid models.

Engaging the ES 300

Although some people think that this is the Age of the Truck, with vehicles like the all-new ES 300, the people at Lexus don’t see car sales going anywhere... but up.

The Internet & Supplier Management

The majority of a manufacturer’s cost is in purchased materials.

Chevy Avalanche: SUT Alors!

The Chevrolet Avalanche is General Motors’ attempt to simultaneously enter and dominate the nascent sport utility truck (SUT) market.

Opel's Approach in Rüsselsheim

The Opel Rüsselsheim complex has roots in the 19th century. It has built a plant and an operating structure that it hopes will be effective and efficient for the 21st century. Here’s a look.

Opel's Approach in Rüsselsheim

The Opel Rüsselsheim complex has roots in the 19th century. It has built a plant and an operating structure that it hopes will be effective and efficient for the 21st century. Here’s a look.

Mach Speed Product Development: Inside the Skunk Works

Of all the organizations established to develop products quickly and creatively, the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works probably is the most famous. We wondered how this concern, founded in 1943, was adapting to 21st century mission requirements. And what we discovered may help your company get a whole lot faster.

Shine ON Brightly

Forget the aluminum0intensive vehicle for now. Until they arrive, Alcoa is inventing new solutions that provide the benefits of lighter weight structures to existing designs without insisting on an all-or-nothing use of the material.

Quietly Making Lots of Transmissions

You'd think that a plant in Ohio that produces almost a million transmissions per year would be well known. But have you heard of Honda Transmission Mfg. of America? We didn't think so. Here's an introduction.

Columns

Five Days in August

Annually, leaders from the auto industry trek up to the Grand Traverse Resort to attend the Management Briefing Seminars held by what is now a rather extensive group of organizations: the University of Michigan’s Center for Professional Development and its Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan.

Route to the Top: Seek Out Responsibility

The average reaction to a new assignment is: “Why me?” Fear of failure temporarily paralyzes initiative; self-doubt sets in.But why be average?Seek out responsibility and you immediately do three things.

Dream Machines

Those who know me well will tell you my one dream in life was to be a product planner.

The Inside Story

Looking Beyond the ExteriorWhile the exterior of the Pontiac Aztek has engendered the use of adjectives by automotive journalists and consumers alike in a way not seen or heard since the days of the Edsel, the interior of the vehicle has actually garnered some praise for its utility (even though Pontiac doesn’t call the Aztek a “sport utility vehicle,” but, rather, a “sport recreation vehicle”).Part of the inside story of the vehicle is the use of two engineering thermo-plastics—a polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resin and an ABS resin from Bayer Corp.’s Plastic Div. (Pittsburgh, PA), Bayblend and Lustran, respectively—for the instrument panel (IP) and the knee bolsters.