Insight: Powertrain Suppliers on the Rise

For better or worse, the powertrain field is going to be drawing a high degree of attention for the foreseeable future. Although virtually every aspect of a vehicle has an influence on its fuel economy and emissions performance, the powertrain is the territory of the 'biggest-bang-for-the-buck', so it is likely to be the area of most significant change

Competitive Challenges: Toyota: Crisis & the Importance of Culture

Like all analysts who are closely watching the Toyota crisis, we are wondering what the long-term effect will be on the company and its sales, particularly in North America.

Marginal: Process, Product & Focus

One of the issues that has certainly gained in both visibility and importance as a consequence of the Toyota recalls is that of complexity. This complexity takes a number of forms but can be categorized into two buckets: Process and Product. It is not enough to try to simplify


Assembly Goes Flex

Ted Brown, vice president and general manager, Powertrain Systems, Comau North America, while taking us through the company’s operations in Southfield, MI, points to the machining centers that the company is building for systems that will be used to produce powertrain components for a number of automotive customers.

Sealing the Savings for Rotary Shaft Applications

In order to retain fluids in a number of rotating-shaft applications—at the front and rear of crankshafts, on camshafts, wheel bearings, pinions, transmission output and input shafts, etc.—radial shaft seals are routinely applied.

Under the Hood of the 2011 Shelby GT500

Kerry Baldori, Ford SVT global performance vehicle chief functional engineer, puts it quite simply: at the “heart” of the 2011 Shelby GT500 is an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8.


The Third-Generation Sienna: The Minivan Continues

While the segment may be down, this doesn't mean that people aren't still buying minivans. So Toyota has created a new vehicle, hoping to catch the fancies of a wide range of customers, from those for whom there is no minivan stigma to the empty nesters who want to carry eBay booty to even guys who like to slide through curves.

CAD For The Small, Medium, and Large

Price, breadth of features, and product lifecycle management are what mostly separate CAD systems in corporate eyes.

Always ON (And Always Open)

Continental is deploying the Android operating system to drive forward the connected car—not something that is going to happen in the "future," but may be in your garage by 2013.

Light, Safe, Steel

Vehicle engineers are finding that new steels are allowing them to meet requirements for safety and fuel efficiency. Which is not to say they're not using other materials, too.