August 2012

August  2012


Federal-Mogul Piston Is Lighter Yet Strong

According to powertrain engineers at Federal-Mogul, within the next few years specific power outputs from engines will increase from around 95 kW/liter to 130 kW/liter, and peak combustion pressures from 110 bar to 130 bar.

Style Porsche Wins red dot

911 Carrera wins red dot: best of the best 2012 award.

Put It in Park

ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking

Daimler Launches Mobility App

The “moovel” app and website provides users with the best way to get from where they are to where they are going—even whether it means taking a form of transportation that isn’t a car.


Shiro Nakamura and the Pursuit of Charm

Nowadays, beautiful automotive design is not enough. Shiro Nakamura thinks that character is a key differentiator. And charm.

Jaguar's Forthcoming Engines

Jaguar is coming out with two new engines to supplement its 5.0-liter V8 offerings. Here’s a quick look.

The Honda Fit Goes Electric

The Honda Fit* is one of the best executions of a small car on the road today. And Honda is upping the ante with the Fit EV. There won’t be many of them for the near term, but going forward, this could be the significant shape of things to come.

Dassault's Broadened PLM Offerings

Not only has Dassault been writing code for getting expanded PLM functionality for users, it has also been acquiring some companies. Here’s a look.

What Auto Can Learn from Aero, and Vice Versa

Like the auto industry, the aircraft industry is focused on improving the performance of its vehicles, concentrating on such things as reducing weight and using alternative fuels. So we talk with one of Boeing’s top people to find out what’s going on in that field.

Need to Know: IMTS 2012

International Manufacturing Technology Show - September 10-15, 2012 - Chicago, IL.

The Hyundai Variations

While model extensions can be a good thing, done improperly, they hit a sour note. Hyundai’s designers and engineers have hit the right ones with the Veloster Turbo, Elantra Coupe, and Elantra GT.


On Electronics

Voice recognition; multilayer ceramic capacitor; backing up the home; building redundancy in throttle sensing.


3D printing; mainstreaming additive manufacturing and more.

Beyond Global Platforms

After of a couple decades of false starts, the Detroit-based OEMs have finally read the memo that the companies based in Europe, Japan and South Korea read a long time ago: Commonized global structures are here to stay.

How To Compete

PRISM Plastics, established in 1999, started with 0 business and is now a $25-million company.