The ability to add value and be compensated for it is critical to being able to fund the next big thing (or the next in a series of incremental little things). And after all, if you are not making money on the value you add, why do it?
Skyping from the CarVisteon Corp. has a new entertainment system with a more flexible programming platform and more powerful microprocessor core to keep pace with the race of mobile consumer electronics and Internet applications.
The mid-size 2005 Pathfinder, Nissan's largest design and development program to date, involved three technical centers, and took 36 months and countless trans-Pacific trips to complete. Though it borrows major components from the full-size Titan pickup and Armada SUV, it's not just a downsized clone.
William McDonough envisions a seemingly contradictory world where manufactured products are plentiful and the environment is clean and healthy. His method to get there is equally shocking: eco-effective, profitable companies free from regulation.
We talk with Craig Muhlhauser, a man who recognizes that talent, drive and enthusiasm play big roles in how well companies do. "To be the best," he says, "we have to have the best people. The companies with the best people will be the winners." And they're planning to win at Visteon.
Face it—cars that go fast have a low coefficient of drag: they're sleek. People who are the most fleet tend to be lithe. Organizations and manufacturing operations must also be lean if they want to move ahead of the pack. Here's a look at how one supplier is setting itself up for speed.