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Chassis Development Shifts Focus

Chassis development has always been about improving vehicle dynamic performance. Now cost and weight are key.

Steering, Parking and Saving Fuel

How electric steering improves not only a driver's capability, but saves fuel. And why steer-by-wire may work for lift trucks, but won't make it to your driveway anytime soon.

Mazda's Approach To Hydrogen Power

When you have an engine unlike everybody else, you can do things in a way that nobody else can. And it may be the fastest way to mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The KIA Forte: Designed To Be Surprising

The bread-and-butter car for Kia in the U.S. market is the Spectra. It is being replaced with the Forte. It may not be caviar on toast, but it is elevating tastes in the compact sedan segment.

About Alias

When it comes to digital design, particularly at the front end of the process, the area of ideation, of sketching, of even napkins where there are coffee stains on the styled surfaces, there is one name that is commonly heard: Alias.

New Siemens CNC: Nothing To LOL About

We're not going to make the case that moving away from plastic body panels caused the ultimate demise of Saturn. But if you take away the front and rear fascias, it is somewhat difficult to come up with cars that have a significant use of polymers for exterior body panels. Here are some notable ones.

Bosch: Achieving 78 Mpg

The combination of lightweight materials, improved aerodynamics and engine boosting systems will result in vehicles attaining 78 mpg.

Measurement Tips For The Micro

When your parts are tiny, the measurement challenge can be huge.

Looking For Plastic Body Panels

We're not going to make the case that moving away from plastic body panels caused the ultimate demise of Saturn. But if you take away the front and rear fascias, it is somewhat difficult to come up with cars that have a significant use of polymers for exterior body panels. Here are some notable ones.

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Us vs. Them

It's time we got past the fighting and embraced one "America."

Climbing Out of the Recessionary Tub

If you did a quick survey of manufacturing executives about business conditions, I am very sure that you would see a partial thumbs-up from most as production has picked up over the last 8 to 12 weeks.

Who's Next?

Will we get fooled again by Detroit?

Advancing Innovation?

Getting a new technology into full-scale commercialization in the automotive industry may be what Thomas Edison had in mind when he said that genius was 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

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Audi’s Incredible ASF

Heinrich Timm—Head of Lightweight Development, AUDI AG, started work on the Audi Space Frame (ASF) program in 1983.

Trucks Still Matter: 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty

While overall truck sales may be down more than 28% this year, that doesn’t mean the truck market is completely dead.