Christopher A. Sawyer

Mini E(LECTRIC), Part 2 of 5

May 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The first product from BMW's "project i" mobility program, the Mini E swaps gasoline power for electric, a fuel tank-including the rear seats and most of the luggage space-for lithium-ion batteries, and a range of 488 miles per tank of gas for 150 miles per full charge.

The Hybrid Conundrum, Part 1 of 5

May 20, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Without government regulations and incentives, will the consumer demand exist to support production volumes?

Manning Up The Lexus RX 350

February 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

How do you solve "a problem" like the Lexus RX?

Nissan's EV and Battery Plans, Part 3 of 5

February 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

 Nissan's 2010 electric vehicle isn't a two-seat city vehicle, but rather a 4-5 passenger sedan powered by a laminated lithium-ion battery pack. "We aren't buying this technology," says Mark Perry, director, Product Planning and Advanced Technology Strategy, Nissan North America, Inc., "and we are ready to share it with other automakers." Each laminate layer is about the size of a laptop computer, and modules are created by stacking laminates on top of one another while leaving room for cooling air to circulate between them.

The Greater Good

February 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

As evidence global warming is altering the environmental landscape wanes, calls for action increase while liberty and freedom hang in the balance.

BMW 335d

January 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

There is one change that falls into the "major" category, the addition of a twin-turbocharged diesel to the list of available engines. As with its turbocharged gasoline engines, the small turbo spools up quickly and provides boost at low engine speeds, works in concert with the larger unit in the mid-range, and stands down at higher engine speeds.

Powertrains: Key Considerations

January 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

In addition to developing new technologies, the auto industry also must educate consumers and regulators as to what's possible, what isn't, and how to tell the difference.

The Aluminum Evolution

January 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The fact is that steel has created a number of new grades promising greater strength and lightness, most OEMs aren’t about to incur the costs associated with tearing up their assembly plants in order to switch materials, and steel is a known quantity well supported within the engineering ranks.

There's No Business in Show Business

January 01, 2009 at 12:00 AM

"Why do I have to trudge through this snowy mess in the middle of winter to see a bunch of cars I've already seen, either in person or on the Internet?" It's in January for two reasons: January was once the official start of the model year, and the dealers that run the show use it to boost sales at a time when the market is soft.

The Changing Definition of 'Niche Vehicles'

December 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.

A Designer for All Seasons

December 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Though he had trouble coping with the cold the first time around, Larry Erickson has made Detroit his home and teaching future designers his vocation.

Days of Tuning Past

December 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

I may not have done a lot, but I did something. And that's the point.