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Beneath the Brand

Every time you visit your local parts store, attend a car race or listen to conversation between car enthusiasts, the conversation usually revolves around brands and how one is better than the other.

Learning from Lotus

There is a scourge draining the life-blood out of industry at the same time it paradoxically infuses it with record profits.

Get Virtual

I recently attended an automotive e-commerce conference put on by the Center for Professional Development (CPD) at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering.

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So Many Lira, So Little Time

One of the world's most beautiful cities, Turin is home to a deep pool of automotive design, development, engineering, and supply talent. And these companies are working hard to be at the top of the shopping lists of automakers everywhere.

Approaching Electronics

How Delphi Automotive is working with consumer electronics companies to bring its customers technologies that are more associated with, well, consumer electronics rather than automotive electronics.

New Approaches to CAD 'Integration'

These five windows in 3G.author show (clockwise from left) a hierarchical tree of a brake rotor project and its various design cases; a view of the entire brake assembly; the brake rotor itself; the results of a Von Mises Stress analysis of the rotor performed within 3G.author; and a spreadsheet to view and choose constraints, as well as view parameter names and specific parametric values.

Liberty Balance

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DCX's High Fiber Diet

In the Amazon region of Brazil, DaimlerChrysler is helping local residents to make auto parts from coconut fibers that were once discarded as waste. The result is a virtuous cycle that pays poor families a living wage, helps save the rainforest, and produces a sun visor you can toss on the compost pile.

Skoda: An Eastern European Success

Originally founded in 1895 by Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement as Laurin & Klement to manufacture motorbikes, they turned their hand to making cars some 10 years later to become one of the founding fathers of the Czech motor industry.