Christopher A. Sawyer

Developing Airbags

June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

As airbags become more plentiful, the drive is on to reduce weight and cut development time while creating a set of common components.

Interiors: Battle of the Bulk

April 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

By rethinking designs and working toward more efficient solutions, seats will be major contributors to vehicle downsizing and lightweighting.

Kia’s Latest Rio

November 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Kia’s redesigned B-segment car is so close to the mark it should cause worry among the world’s top tier automakers.

A Family Prius for the Prius Family

July 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM

The Prius v uses many of the familiar building blocks to produce a cargo and people hauler aimed at active families that might otherwise opt for traditional small SUVs and crossovers.

Restoring Character

April 29, 2011 at 2:25 PM

For many of us, despite the incessant demands, pitfalls, self-inflicted swift kicks to the rear, and other similar occurrences, restoring vehicles is something that must be done.

Aluminum's Deja Vu Defense

April 06, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Plodding along while steel blunted each of its advantages and delivered common products to automakers at lower prices, the aluminum industry must take a page from the steel industry's playbook if it hopes to be more than the perennial "material of the future."

Maranello. Weissach. Milford?

April 04, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Ferrari's and Porsche's factory test tracks are legendary, as much for their layouts as for the cars developed on them. GM hopes to at least partially redress this imbalance with its prosaically named "Milford Road Course" and the vehicles developed on it.

Developing the Nissan NV

March 30, 2011 at 11:49 AM

If you are an American, you probably don’t consider Nissan when you think “commercial vehicles,” even though it has a 75-year history in that segment.

The Many Careers Of Phil Martens At One Company

February 24, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Here's how one of the most successful executives in the auto industry achieved success at a company where he once decided he'd never want to work. What he's learned, may help you.

Detroit’s Socialists

February 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

My first trip to the nation’s capital was in 1994, during the announcement of President Clinton’s plans to nationalize health care. “Hillary Care,” as it came to be known, was stopped dead in its tracks by the reasoned opposition of Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, who called into question the basic economics on which the plan was based.

Searching for God

February 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM

It’s said that an atheist once looked at his child’s ear while the boy was asleep on his lap and began to believe in God.

The Road Ahead

February 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Alcoa bets its latest business model eliminates OEM roadblocks to greater aluminum adoption.