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South American Output in 2001

CSM’s latest South American light vehicle production setting is 228 million units for calendar year 2001 and 256 million units for 2002

A Transformed Plant for a Transformed Fiesta

The Fiesta has been one of Ford’s best selling models in Europe ever since it went intro production in July, 1976, and until the advent of the Ka in 1996, it was the Blue Oval’s entry level model

How's Your PQ?

How well do you get along with your people?

Questioning Sales

Automotive sales have been slowing in the US for nearly a year

Cruising Toward Oblivion

The Woodward Dream Cruise has become a tradition in Detroit, drawing nearly two million folks from the city and suburbs–and increasingly from across the country–to the arrow-straight boulevard in order to watch classic muscle cars pass by each August

Best Potential

Given that it is part of Toyota's biggest marketing campaign ever, you have undoubtedly seen more of the new Camry than you learned about in last month's AD&P cover story

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I.T. and Warranty Claims

Massive vehicle recalls, high warranty costs, and expensive product liability suits have become all too commonplace in the auto industry

Not Magic: Good Engineering

More RoomDuring his presentation on the 2002 Honda CR-V, chief project leader Takahiro Hachigo never lost an opportunity to stress the vehicle's "right size" for the entry-level SUV market "The external dimensions are about the same as the current CR-V," he says "The nose is 49 mm shorter

An Exercise In Utility: Developing A Suspension Without An Order

ArvinMeritor put the "independent" in its independent rear suspension module when it designed, engineered, and developed a bolt-in unit for a current vehicle without a PO Even if the OEM in question never buys it, the supplier knows it has gained valuable knowledge for that time when the money really is on the table

Nano for Auto

There are some big benefits to the use of the nanocomposites Recyclability is enhanced A fraction (~3% volume) of the filler ordinarily used can do the job; less filler means recycling is comparatively simplified

Advancing Assembly Through Technology

Although this is an industry characterized by pressure, this is a look at two aspects of what performance under pressure is all about

Workstations: The Future is 64 Bits Wide

Waiting two extra minutes to load a model, make a design change, or display the view you want is frustrating With the latest workstation technology, you'll have time to spare

From Cars to Canines: Designer Nick Wirth's High Tech Adventures

One problem that some people have is that if they are really good at something, they are made “manager” of that function and cease to be able to do what got them there Nick Wirth is a designer And he left one of the premier slots that an automotive designer can have—so that he could continue to design

The '02 RAM: This Time, the Build

When the '94 Dodge Ram appeared, the styling was a knockout With the new platform, it is how it is put together that makes it a tough contender in the hotly contested field

Moller's Driven...To Fly

Dr Paul Moller's Sky Car promises to end airport congestion, reduce travel time, and make gridlock a thing of the past Crazy at it may seem, it may do just that –and forever change the role and design of the automobile

Co-Independent Suspension

When Saturn needed an independent rear suspension module for its Vue SUV, it turned to BV Chassis Systems, a joint venture between Budd and Visteon More than a simple supply arrangement, the agreement also placed design, development, and engineering responsibility in the suppliers' hands

TRW's ARC Toward Better Dynamic Control

TRW's new Active Roll Control (ARC) system does not employ some hot new technology to control body roll In fact, patents on many of the devices it uses have been around since the 1960s But what it does do is slash system costs in half And with the current cost cutting atmosphere in the automotive industry, that fact could clear the way to bringing better handling vehicles to the masses

ZF's S.O.P. for Customer Focus

Chassis and transmission giant ZF plans to more than double its business in North America in the next few years To that end, the company is becoming more efficient by standardizing best practices throughout its vast network of companies, strengthening lines of communication between management and workers, and striving to convince automakers that they have the engineering chops to be not just a supplier but a problem solver

An Exercise In Utility: Developing A Suspension Without An Order

ArvinMeritor put the "independent" in its independent rear suspension module when it designed, engineered, and developed a bolt-in unit for a current vehicle without a PO Even if the OEM in question never buys it, the supplier knows it has gained valuable knowledge for that time when the money really is on the table