Marginal: What A Difference A Few Years Make

A reader recently drew my attention to something that I had written in a “Driven” review of the 2003 Toyota Corolla Type S regarding fuel efficiency: “and I got more than 40 mpg on the freeway run, which is nothing to sniff at when gas is at a buck and a half a gallon.” Yes, things certainly have changed in a rather short period of time.

Insider: Scratching the Surface

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas can best be described as a mind-blowing experience.

Insight: Accuracy Matters

The cost of miscalculating on a program can be expensive for suppliers—devastatingly expensive.

Profiles - Michael Simcoe: From Prams to Pontiacs

Designing automobiles wasn’t at the top of the consideration list for Michael Simcoe, but his influence will be felt for years to come.

EuroAuto: The Environment Heats Up In Europe

The European Commission recently announced some proposals that could soon ultimately lead to the demise of anything larger than the four-cylinder engine in Europe.

Dudder: Swedish Exotica

It’s nice to see that Volvo’s future product plans are about to catch up with where my dreams were eight years ago.

Competitive Challenges: Challenges for Industry Decision Makers

Finding a successful formula for buying or being bought is something more automotive companies ought to consider.

Close Up: The Zeiss METROTOM

The process is called, in a coinage from Carl Zeiss IMT Corp. (, “metrotomography.” That’s one part “metrology” and one part “tomography.” Essentially what this comes down to is a system that can perform non-destructive testing (NDT) through the use of X-rays...and a means by which the results can be measured.

Objects of Interest

Objects of Interest: February 2008

Waterjet Machining CenterOmax ( 60120 JetMachining Center’s large format can accommodate multiple and large flat ceramic, composite, glass and stone, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, aluminum and titanium parts from stock measuring up to 5 x 10-ft. with an accuracy of motion up to 0.003-in.


The Lexus: Lx 570: A Larger Lap of Luxury

They call it a "luxury utility vehicle." Sure, it can crawl over rocks. And it can tow plenty. But fundamentally, this is a luxo-cruiser, first and foremost, with seating for eight. You could select the optional 19-speaker Mark Levinson system and be more comfortable than you might be watching DVDs in your living room.

Ford Quality: Not An Overnight Sensation

When it comes to quality, it seems as though Ford Motor Co. is on a roll.

Field Guide: Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft has a tremendous range of technology solutions that may be useful to you-and that you may not know about. Here's a look at what you need to know.

The Corolla (& Matrix) MATTERS TO TOYOTA

Sure, it is a sub-compact. But it is one of the best-selling cars on the planet. So it matters much to Toyota Motor Corp. And as Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales Toyota Div. head puts it, “Small cars are the seeds of brand loyalty.”

DÉJÀ VUE: 2009 Nissan murano

Background The Murano helped create the crossover segment with its late 2002 appearance as a 2003 model.

Continental Develops Reconfigurable Multimedia Platform

What's going to be the next consumer electronic device that's going to change the way consumers interact with information in their vehicles?

Nano Blinds For Car Windows

It has taken 40 years to develop, but infinitely dimmable nano-technology film is finally ready to be used in automotive glazing.

CES 2008 By Design

Each year thousands of new gadgets are introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. What’s important to note is that not only is the show scoured by the technoratti looking for the latest products, but by engineers, designers, and executives from automotive companies, who are looking for the “next big thing” that may have consequences for their products. Among the dizzying array were a few notables that stood out for their design prowess:

Say You Want An Evolution

Few cars have the cult-like following of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. One interesting aspect of the vehicle is that it is not only a tuner's dream, but a tech tour de force.


Teaching Tata

Formerly known as TELCO (Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company), Tata Motors, Ltd. is India’s largest passenger and commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Nanotechnology Is All Wet

Yamaha ( has developed a new nano-engineered material called NanoXcel which it says both improves the strength and reduces the weight of its personal watercraft hulls by as much as 25%. The material utilizes a proprietary nano-filler that is layered thousands of times to produce a bonding surface much larger and stronger than the fiberglass reinforced plastics traditionally used in hull manufacturing.

Reading, Writing, Drucker

A Class With Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World’s Greatest Management TeacherWilliam A.

GM Improves Plant Upgrade Efficiency Using 3D Laser Technology

3D laser scanning, a technology more commonly found on construction sites, is being used by GM to reduce the development of plant layout and design modifications by upwards of 50%. The technology uses lasers to scan the entire facility, from the roof trusses down to the plant floor, with the resulting data compiled into a graphical virtual 3D representation that can be viewed by the automaker’s manufacturing engineers throughout the world.