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?

Developing The '05 Mustang

So far as the classic pony cars go, the Mustang is the last brand standing. Yet with its forthcoming fifth generation, it is a vehicle that has the same level of vibrancy as the model that first rolled out into the public eye at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, and not some sort of half-hearted attempt as it has the field to itself. Chief engineer Hau Thai-Tang explains what they've done for this contemporary classic.

The Art of Scion

How utilizing blazingly fast product development, a realistic cost calculation system, completely engaged engineers, designers who want to achieve something different, the Toyota Production System, a different philosophy about how to bring cars to market, and more result in a coupe that ought to get Gen Y (and more) customers on the 'net ( www.scion.com ) or into their dealers post-haste… and which ought to leave other vehicle manufacturers shaking their heads in wonder. Or, Meet the Scion tC.

Suddenly, it's 1932

Contracted to design, develop, engineer and build a modern version of the '32 Ford Roadster body in steel, ASC used modern technology to make it everything the original wasn't.

Dana: Competing with Technology and Synergy

Dana Corporation, the $7.9-billion automotive supplier, is headquartered in Maumee, Ohio.

Developing the Lotus Elise Series 2

How GM, Toyota and a Couple of Gutsy Managers Made the U.S. Version of the Two-Seater a Reality

Sensors Make Sense

Clever deployment of sensors can help manufacturers reach single-digit PPMs.

GM's Drive For Flexibility

As it works to put out more and better cars and trucks—more economically—GM is seriously pursuing a manufacturing strategy in which robots play a significant part.


The Challenge of Intensified Innovation

A common theme among today’s auto industry participants and observers is that innovation is the best hope for automotive suppliers to significantly improve their competitive position and profitability.

Oil Prices

When allowed to work, the market can be quite efficient.

Aston Martin Ups the Ante

“It’s all very well having an exclusive brand, but we need to be more visible and we need to be profitable, which means making an average of 5,000 cars per year,” says Aston Martin CEO, Dr.

(Re) Thinking

The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works