Christopher A. Sawyer

Does Motorsports Matter?

November 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

If you build your motorsports program from the grassroots up, feed what you learn directly into R&D, and manage it to add to the bottom line-like Mazda-the answer is: "Yes."

Dudder: Not This Time

October 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Someone told me recently that Bob Lutz reads my column.

Emerging Market Interns

October 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The 2008 edition of GM Design’s Summer Internship Program concen-trated its energies on vehicles for the Russian, Indian, and Chinese markets of 2020.

GM'S LS9 V8: Life Under Pressure

October 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Sam Weingarden, executive director, GM Powertrain Engineering, says his goal with the LS9 motor was "to make Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter's life miserable by giving him more power than the chassis could handle." Doing so was not going to be easy as pulling more power from the small block V8 would demand forced induction, a potential packaging problem given the Corvette's tight underhood area.

Honda's Fit is Trim

October 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Though slightly larger, roomier, and more powerful than before, the 2009 Fit combines sportiness and refinement in a package with global reach.

2009 Cadillac CTS-V: Fast Car, Fast Program

October 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

"The big advantage this time around," explains Chris Berube, lead development engineer for the Cadillac CTS-V, the performance version of the Cadillac sedan "was that the V model was planned from the start, and the all of our requirements were baked into the base car." Consequently, the program was faster and the engineers were able to add content.

The '09 Dodge Ram: A Better Truck For Tough Times

October 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Pickup trucks accounted for more than 55% of the U.S. market in 2004, now they account for less than 45%. And Chrysler is going straight into that market with its all-new, full-size Ram.

The Future Of Electric Steering Assist

September 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Does the future of power steering belong to fully electric systems becauseof their greater efficiency?

Dudder: Skeptics Welcome

September 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Remember the "Pepsi Challenge"? It was a blind taste test started in 1975 that had people sample unmarked glasses of cola, and pick their preferred drink based solely on taste.

KIA's Borrego: Right Vehicle, Wrong Time?

September 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Four years ago, when gasoline was $2 per gallon, a vehicle like the Borrego made a lot of sense.

Profiles: Chris Theodore: Keeping Performance Alive

September 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The CEO of ASC and Saleen sees this time of higher gas prices and tighter emissions regulations as the perfect opportunity for domestic automakers to grab the imagination of the next generation by increasing their reliance on niche manufacturers.

Dodge Challenger: Mopar's Modern Muscle Car

September 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Work on the Challenger began at Chrysler's recently closed Pacifica Design facility in California in 2004, just as Ford was introducing the current generation Mustang.