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Continental Ups Its Ante

Bill Kozyra, president of Continental Automotive Systems, talks technology, strategy and the competitive nature of the supplier business.

Buell Builds A Better Engine

Looking to more than satisfy his sports-bike customer base, Erik Buell raises the bar with a new water-cooled engine.

A Dashing Rogue For Nissan

The base for the 2008 Nissan Rogue small SUV is called the “Alliance C” platform; it also underpins the Renault Mégane II/Scenic, and Nissan’s Lafesta minivan, Sentra, Qashqai, and X-Trail.

Suzuki Refines Hayabusa Engine

When Suzuki developed the GSX1300R (which was launched in 1999), it set out to build the fastest mass-production motorcycle on the market, complete with a 1,299-cc liquid-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine capable of producing 156 hp and with a top speed of 189.6 mph.

A Brief Look at Vision

What do your mother, hash browns and blobs have to do with machine vision? Plenty.

Buell Builds A Better Engine

Looking to more than satisfy his sports-bike customer base, Erik Buell raises the bar with a new water-cooled engine.

SRT Takes Engine Development To A New Caliber

Developing a performance derivative of a high-volume product may seem like a simple task. Chrysler’s SRT team sweated the details when it came to developing the Caliber SRT-4.

CTS: The Next Generation

The first-generation Cadillac CTS went where no production Cadillac had gone before. With the second-gen, it is a little older, but even a little bolder.

Some Like It Hot. CPUs Don't.

New and sophisticated processors are advancing the computational performance in workstations, in enterprise servers, and in cars.

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Why A123 May Put the Chevy Volt on the Road in 2010

GM’s E-Flex electric vehicle architecture took a step forward as the automaker announced it would partner with A123Systems (www.a123systems.com; Watertown, MA) to develop lithium-ion battery cells for use in the Chevrolet Volt, which is expected to hit the market in late 2010.

Energy-Efficient Bearings

Heavy industrial applications are the main focus behind SKF’s (www.skf.com) new series of energy-efficient deep groove ball and tapered roller bearings.

Getting to HCCI: Superior Performance for Gasoline Engines

General Motors is pursuing a number of approaches to providing more environ-mentally benign powertrain systems.

Suzuki SX4 Sedan

The SX4 Sedan is the latest member of Suzuki’s growing family, and—with its AWD crossover brother—will replace the Aerio in its lineup.

Addressing an H2 Infrastructure Issue

As many vehicle manufacturers rush toward the hydrogen future, we’re encouraged by some of the work being done by HYPER, a European consortium with a name contracted from “HYdrogen PERmitting.” It consists of 15 partners from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, the U.K., and the U.S.

Mimicking Nature in Steel

“Bio-mimetic topology” is a CAE tool that mimics how nature evolves efficient structures (think bones and trees), and is being used by Daimler and Chrysler to holistically engineer body-in-white structures for future vehicles. “We had discussions with Daimler about designing lightweight structures around the time the Chrysler 300C program began,” says Bill Grabowski, director of Body Core Engineering, Chrysler LLC, “and broadened the investigation to include this technology around 2003.” Two years later, the companies formed a partnership with the American Iron and Steel Institute to apply bio-mimetic topology to the use of advanced high-strength steels.“The CAE tool identifies regions in a structural volume where strain is highest so material can be placed there to increase strength and stiffness,” says Grabowski. “It also identifies low-strain areas where material can be removed without unfavorably affecting the structure.” Starting with a packing volume of the intended vehicle, engineers enter the so-called “holistic forces” associated with safety, refinement, and durability.

2008 Jeep Liberty Offers Open-Air Innovation

The hallmark innovation on Jeep’s 2008 Liberty is the “industry-exclusive” Sky Slider roof system supplied by ASC (www.ascglobal.com). The full-length, open canvas roof system slides both fore and aft to provide an open-air driving experience for front and rear seat occupants.

Express Checkout: Infiniti’s G7 Coupe

This is the first application of the VQ37 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL).The increase of 200 cc comes via the stroke changing from 81.4 mm to 86 mm.Compression ratio is increased from 10.6:1 to 11.0:1.Nissan claims VVEL improves performance and fuel economy, and reduces emissions.

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Competitive Challenges: Collaboration or Evaporation?

You essentially have a choice. You can compete in the highly demanding market by collaborating, or you can quite probably get ready to do something else for a living.

Marginal: Pity the Product Planner

If you know one, buy them a cup of coffee—or maybe chamomile tea.

EuroAuto: Improvements Through Plasma

The surface engineering industry has grown massively over the last few years. What was once the domain of the racing and other high-performance engines has now spread to the everyday powertrain and its components.

Insight: Creating Cash for Competitiveness

In a time where companies must do whatever they can to attain a competitive edge, getting funds for investments through real estate can be an answer.

Objects of Interest - October 2007

Tabletop Liquid DispenserHernon Manufacturing’s (www.hernonmfg.com) Autobonder 2101 tabletop liquid dispenser is designed for low-volume production and repair applications.

Profiles: Creating a Half-Pint Heavyweight

John Hartley built a V8 with a shop manual, CAD programs, a donor Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle engine, and perseverance. Automakers can learn from his experience.

Dudder: There Are No Stupid Questions

Unfortunately, they either don’t get asked, or they are brushed aside. When that happens, mayhem often results.

CTS: The Next Generation

The first-generation Cadillac CTS went where no production Cadillac had gone before. With the second-gen, it is a little older, but even a little bolder.

Insider: Lessons from the Toy Aisle

Chinese toy recalls are a warning for automakers and regulators as the lure of low-cost manufacturing puts safety at the forefront.