Sept/Oct 2011


Nissan Versa Sedan 2.0

Nissan rolls out with a new sedan on a new global platform for the competitive compact car market.

Volvo S60 R-Design: Seeing the Unexpected

The in-line six in the Volvo S60 R-Design is placed parallel to the axle to provide protection in case of a collision. The turbocharged engine also provides a 0 to 60 time of 5.5 seconds. Bet you didn’t see that coming.

Bosch on Electronics

A look at improvements that are being made to advance vehicle technology by Bosch—you may be surprised.

Design Matters: Ralph Gilles Talks Design

From Detroit to computational fluid dynamics, from the 500 to the Nike swoosh, Chrysler’s top designer talks design.

Rapid Prototyping: How It's Done at GM

Additive manufacturing technology is helping the automaker reduce product development times and costs.

ERP Goes to the Cloud and Other Developments

The forecast for enterprise resource planning (ERP): plenty of cloud computing with periods of specific-ERP enhancements.

The Seventh-Generation Toyota Camry

Will there be a more significant introduction this year? In a word, “No.” After all, even last year, when it seemed as though there was nothing but bad news and badder luck, Camry was the number-one selling car in the U.S. And now it is brand new.

Talking Infotainment & Connectivity

Kieran O’Sullivan of Continental talks about how changes in tech will make in-vehicle information and entertainment more accessible.

Scion iQ Sized Up

According to its chief engineer, Hiroki Nakajima,the Scion iQ’s name and essence are “a combination of ‘intelligent quality,’ the result of combining the best technology in a small, clever package.” Yes, and more—or is that less?


Raw Materials & the Recovery

The theme for suppliers should be to try to make material neutral in your relationship with customers.

Apple, Sony & Detroit

When developing a product, don’t worry about what other parts of your company is doing: Customers don’t care.