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Honda's Downhill Racer

You could look at Honda's RN01 mountain bike as a bit of a throwback.

How Do You Say "Howdy" In Korean?

At the 2004 Chicago Auto Show, Kia showed its Mojave Concept.

Structural Plastics First

This little bracket may be the thin end of the wedge when it comes to more structural plastic use in vehicles.

Laser Light Show

Current automotive night vision systems allow drivers to see in the dark by using infrared cameras to capture thermal images of oncoming objects, but defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. (Haifa, Israel; www.elbit.co.il) thinks there is a better way.

Detroit's high performance plans

Detroit's supercar showdown continues to simmer, with the Ford GT on the street, Chevy's "Blue Devil" 600-hp Corvette waiting in the wings, and DaimlerChrysler proceeding with its intention to build up to 50 ME-412s. However, signs indicate the heat could be turned way up.

Fasten Thin Sheets

Looking for a way to mechanically fasten thin sheet?

C6: The Right Materials in the Right Places

"A mosaic of materials." That's one way that Dave Hill, Corvette chief engineer and vehicle line executive for GM Performance Cars, describes the new '05 Corvette, a.k.a. the C6.

Juiced

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Japanese Robots Save U.S. Jobs?

In a twist on the workings of the global economy, a Japan-based company is leading an initiative to keep American manufacturing jobs from going overseas. fanuc Robotics America, Inc. (Rochester Hills, MI), a subsidiary of fanuc Ltd., of Japan, is spearheading an effort called "Save Your Factory" which is designed to promote the proposition that American companies can save just as much or more money by automating key production processes as they can by moving operations to low-wage countries.

Send in the reserves

Adding a reserve cell to a normal car battery can give drivers an extra margin of safety, says Reserve Power Cell (Deerfield Beach, FL). Within the same footprint as a normal battery, Reserve Power Cell's Intellicell battery places main and reserve cells, as well as integrated electronics that monitor electrical flow.

Building them slow in Romeo

Ford's Romeo, MI, engine plant began its life building tractors for Ford in 1973, before changing over to engine assembly in 1987.

Diminishing Returns?

There's nothing quite like a crash test to get the blood flowing or thoughts racing as to the human damage that goes along with the mechanical carnage.

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GM's got GAME

During a global productseminar in Fayence, France, GM executives laid out their common vision of how to use the corporation's massive size to competitive advantage.

Ford Is Fully Flexed In Flat Rock

Adding 2005 Mustang production to Auto Alliance International's Flat Rock facility took five years, lots of planning, and the belief that rear- and front-drive vehicles could be produced together on the same line

The Road Ahead

Alcoa bets its latest business model eliminates OEM roadblocks to greater aluminum adoption.

Honda's Third Hybrid: The Accord

Coming soon under the hood of an '05 Honda Accord near you is the third generation of the company's gasoline-electric hybrid system.

Rapid Prototyping: Bigger & Stronger

Once it was all about small, fragile parts. But now, models made with rapid prototyping equipment are not only sizable, but durable.

Brian Nielander SOUL MAN

His name may not be familiar, but Brian Nielander is having a dramatic impact on the design of Chrysler's concept vehicles. Say the words "ME-412" and anyone with an interest in automobiles will instantly recognize the name of Chrysler's concept supercar. Say the name "Brian Nielander," however, and no one will bat an eye. Yet the ME-412 owes its looks to this man.

Automotive Lighting Goes Electronic

After a decade of trickling mostly into specialized applications on high-priced vehicles, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are poised to take a much larger share of the automotive lighting market over the next few years.

Inside the 2005 Mustang

Combining a Live Axle, MacPherson Struts, and a Lincoln Base To Build the 21st Century's First Pony Car.

Freestyle and Five Hundred: Ford Gets Two for One

With the introduction of the Five Hundred sedan and Freestyle crossover, Ford has achieved what might be the most clever bit of platform manipulation in its history.

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Using Vision In South America

While some people in North America might imagine that manufacturing operations in South America are not as sophisticated as those in the north.

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Connected (Physically, That Is)

One of the black spots in automotive engineering is the connector.

A Suppliers’ Guide to Innovation

As automotive suppliers continue to get hammered by price cuts, material cost increases, and competitors in low-cost countries, renewed attention is being focused on product and process innovation as a way to improve competitive positioning and profitability.

Searching for God

It’s said that an atheist once looked at his child’s ear while the boy was asleep on his lap and began to believe in God.

How Do You Rate as a Problem Solver?

If you kept accurate tabs on your workday, you would probably find that at least 75 percent of your time and energy are devoted to solving problems.

Possibilities

One of the abiding notions in the auto industry today is that there are significant barriers to entry.