Nov/Dec 2013


The Emergence of Production Clusters

In this new era of hyper competitiveness, it is critical for a cluster to continue to develop as the industry changes.

Design Thinking & Doing

Design thinking isn't just for designers. It applies across the board, to all functions, to all individuals.


The 2014 Mazda3: Who Knew There Are Machining Centers Involved?

Yes, this is about a new model. An incredibly important model for Mazda, accounting for as much as a third of its global sales. But it isn’t just about the car, it is how they are manufacturing things like its engines that matter, too.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid: Taking Hybrid Tech to a New Level

While many hybrid systems use the internal combustion engine as a primary way to turn the wheels, Honda engineers have cleverly decided to not only have a highly efficient engine, but to use it mainly as a generator and to make use of electric motors to power the wheels.

2014 Malibu: Call It a “Major Minor” Early Cycle Refresh

Looking to gain traction in the market with its important midsize Malibu, Chevrolet has made modifications to the car, especially under the hood, with a new stop-start system for its standard 2.5-liter engine.

Building by Bonding: BMW, the i3 and Carbon Fiber

BMW brings carbon fiber into mass production: reducing vehicle weight, parts, and production time.

OSRAM Shines A Little Light on the Future of Automotive Lighting

The light-maker is developing ultra-thin organic LEDs and laser headlights.

Your Really Smart Car

Vehicles are being engineered with a silicon infrastructure that does everything from control the powertrain to allowing remote connections—including the possibility of hacking.

Factory Layouts Modified More Quickly

New, inexpensive software stitches laser-scanned point clouds together using scanned objects as the registration targets.

Designing the 2014 Soul

Although the Kia Soul can be considered a small, quirky car, it has helped put Kia on the map in urban areas and has created an appearance that the company was keen to keep as the second-generation car was created. Here’s a look.

2014 Cadillac CTS: Seriously Light

Here’s a look behind what went into engineering the 2014 Cadillac CTS, which is the lightest car in its class. Why is that important? Says Dave Leone, GM Chief Engineer, Performance Luxury Cars, “We did that to enable the driving character we wanted to achieve.”

the 2014 Versa Note: Small Car. Lots of Attention.

Nissan has introduced its second of the second-generation Versa lineup: the Note. A hatch. A small car with segment leading features and functions. Here’s a look.


GM Trucks Go Upscale

As the 2014 Silverado and Sierra have undergone major refreshes, the GM divisions have taken the opportunity to roll out with the Silverado High Country and Sierra Denali models, both of which handily break the $40,000 price point.