March 2013



DuPont’s Approach to Bio-based Plastics

Addressing the demands of OEMs for more sustainable materials and recognizing the changes in the cost and availability of petroleum, DuPont is working to develop bio-based plastics that are, in some cases, even better than their traditional alternatives.

RAV4: 4 Things About the Fourth Generation

Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.

Kevin Hunter of Calty on Design

Observations on the new momentum at Toyota’s design studio.

2014 Acura RLX and the Realization of Takaburi

Here are some of the engineering factors that went into creating Acura’s new sedan, a car developed to compete with the best in the world.

PLM and the Importance of Experience

People’s experiences—the product property that can lead to greater profitability—should be part of product lifecycle management, says Dassault Systèmes.

Sensors: More, Not Less (Number & Usefulness)

The number of sensors on the average vehicle continues to rise, but it’s how you take that information and relay it to the driver that really matters.

Automotive Electronics & Changes in Product Development

While consumer electronics have long had a fast development cadence, these speeds are indicative of the pace that the auto industry must move in this space.


The Effects of Globalization Around the World

Many countries who once were major players from a vehicle production/export perspective are finding it difficult to even find their niche today.

Permission to Excel

Art is personal. Individual. Going through the motions of a task is repeatable. Automatable. Odds are better if you opt for the artistic approach rather than the other, as the other is what can be readily replaced or otherwise outsourced.


Here’s a look at some recent developments in the additive arena we saw last fall at EuroMold that can allow you to create things much more expeditiously than you otherwise might. . .


50 Years of Porsche 911 Design & Technology

“The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theater or through New York City traffic.”

Focus ST: Red, Hot & Orange?

The Tangerine Scream orange 2013 Focus ST features a 252-hp EcoBoost engine under the hood, an engine produced in Valencia, Spain.

Welded with Laser

ELC series machine from EMAG