Jeep Engineering Innovation: '07 Patriot

One of the most remarkable exercises in automotive engineering that has occurred of late is the development of the 2007 Jeep Patriot.

DSM Injects Innovation into Elastomer Market

Door seals, gaskets and hoses may not be the sexiest part of the automobile, but don’t tell that to the folks at Netherlands-based DSM Elastomers (www.dsm.com) as they embark on plans to produce a line of specialty EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubbers that are more durable and, more importantly, less costly to produce.

Key Materials & Developments: Ferrari's F2007

The F2007 is the 53rd single-seater to be built by Ferrari’s Scuderia since its inception in 1929, and is arguably the most exotic in terms of both aerodynamics and materials.

On the Veracruz

Hyundai throws down to the industry with its new crossover utility: Yes, it may be economical and have a great warranty, but it also has the features and performance to be compared with. . .Lexus.

Inside NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow

Looking to improve safety and reduce vehicle costs, NASCAR has developed a new vehicle standard for all of its teams called the “Car of Tomorrow.” Six years in the making, it is being used on tracks today.

Money Available for Manufacturing Enterprise Research

Got something about manufacturing enterprise systems to research? The NSF might help out—with money.

Creating the QarmaQ

More than your run-of-the-auto-show-circuit concept car, the Hyundai QarmaQ is a study in the potential deployment of advanced materials.


Dudder: Collapsing From Within

Racing was hailed as the “Sport of the Seventies,” but given its current problems, that moniker may prove prophetic.

Marginal: Elevate Your Capabilities—Or...

I don’t want to depress you, but we need to face up to some things in this industry. Sooner, not later.

Insider: Can We Finally Get Serious About Healthcare?

A few weeks ago I sat in a lecture hall at Michigan State University’s School of Management listening to former U.S.

On Strategy: Conducting Independent Operations Assessments

An operational assessment is imperative for M&A activities. And invaluable otherwise, too.

Profiles: Creating Design Flow: Mazda’s Nagare Philosophy

Here’s how Mazda—already successful with an impressive lineup of cars and crossovers—is creating a new approach to its future designs in a methodical but stretch approach.

Insight: Think European Suppliers Have It Better?

Too many suppliers are trapped in a place where their offerings are seen as nothing more than commodities.

EuroAuto: Caparo’s Expansive Growth

From steel to brakes, from components to composites, the Caparo Group is undergoing extensive growth--and change.

Objects of Interest - May 2007

Multi-capable Tool The TORMILL from Iscar Metals (www.iscarmetals.com; Arlington, TX) uses uniquely shaped, peripherally ground inserts that permits the tool to perform facing, plunging and undercutting.

Competitive Challenges: Focus on the Right Model

What makes a company successful in the long run? A long-term view and a commitment to keeping it.


Chevy and GMC Go Heavy Duty

Gary White, GM North America vice president and vehicle line executive for full-size trucks, explains GM’s full-court press this way: “Three-quarter ton pickups account for about 70% of the heavy-duty pickup market, and our customers have come to expect capability as well as refinement in these vehicles.” As a result, GM offers a multitude of body styles, powertrains, interior choices, lengths, as well as panel gaps on the 2007 models that bring a new word to the heavy-duty pickup market: “flushness.” “This is an important segment for us, and we intend to protect our position by offering trucks that have better fit, better finish, and are more robust than the competition,” says White.

Astra Caps Saturn Product Revival

Nearly two years after the product revival of GM’s Saturn brand took root with the introduction of the Sky roadster, the flurry of activity will cap with the introduction of the 2008 Saturn Astra, marking the demise of the much-maligned Saturn Ion.

ZF Takes Evolutionary Approach to 6-Speed Transmission

After introducing a family of 6-speed automatic transmissions in 2001—6 HP 19, 6 HP 26 and 6 HP 32—ZF Friedrichshafen AG (www.zf.com) is turning another page via the debut of its latest iteration, the 6 HP 28, which provides improved fuel economy and quicker shift times.

The Automotive 72-Hour Chat Room

“A gargantuan chat room.” That’s how Doug Gross, IBM Automotive Sector general manager, described the three-day “Automotive Supplier Jam” that was organized by IBM (www.ibm.com) and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA; www.oesa.org) and held March 7 to 10.

Buick's Super Transformation

During what the division’s general manager Steve Shannon calls “a transition year for Buick,” they’re working at “revitalizing the brand” through a strategy that is in one regard going back to the future.

Perfect Moving Trucks

The 2008 Dodge Ram 4500 and 550 Chassis cabs—Class 4 and Class 5, respectively—feature 34-in. frame rail spacing and flat, clean frame rails on a one-piece C-channel rear-frame rail constructed from 50,000-psi steel, providing more than enough durability for various upfit applications.

Four Spindles Are More Productive Than...

ABS housings, brake calipers, main brake cylinders, valve housings, and other components made from light metals such as aluminum in mid- to high-volumes are suited for production with the AL 204 five-axis machining center from Alfing Corp. (www.alfing.com; Plymouth, MI). The top-of-the-line 204 is fitted with four individually driven box spindles.

No, Not That G8

The first in what is expected to be a long line of rear-drive passenger cars based on GM’s global Zeta architecture—future iterations include the Chevrolet Camaro, Impala and the Chinese-only Buick Royaum—the Pontiac G8 began life as the Holden Commodore SS-V.

Victory's Vision: Not the Ordinary Bike; Not the Ordinary Materials

Said to be the first new American luxury touring bike to hit the market in nearly three decades, the Vision is a sight to behold.


In our piece on the Yamaha Marine V8 in the April 2007 issue ( V-R-O-O-M! ), our first reference should have been more specific: It is the first 5.3-liter four-stroke V8 for outboard applications.

The Auto Industry Isn't That Unique

There are a lot of similarities between the aviation and automobile industries.

Compact Crossover

Honda describes its new home market Crossroad crossover as an “active life navigator,” whatever that means.