Christopher A. Sawyer

Dudder: Gas from Washington?

August 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

If there was any intelligence in Washington, D.C. (ahem!), there would be a moratorium on new emission and safety standards coupled with carrots to improve the efficiency of plants and power-trains.

Electronics

August 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

In-vehicle Internet.

Virgil Exner Unfulfilled

August 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Sadly, most people in the industry have no idea of who Virgil M.

Bendable Body Beautiful

July 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Draping cloth over a movable mesh frame pushed BMW to rethink the relationship between design, production, and materials while giving birth to 'flame surfacing.'

Nissan Faces The Future

July 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

There are massive changes being driven in the global auto industry as companies work to meet customers' needs. Nissan is gaining traction in its efforts to address these requirements.

Dudder: Death Row Musings

July 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Judging from the dearth of product in the pipeline, it looks like Ford will starve Mercury much like Chrysler starved Plymouth.

(Relatively) High-Volume Carbon Fiber

June 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

When it comes to carbon fiber for vehicle applications, the definition of what constitutes a "volume" vehicle has a different meaning than most everyone understands.

Are Hidebound OEMs Missing The Cattle Call?

June 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Cost pressures, time, and timidity are keeping OEMs from realizing the full potential of leather trimmed interiors, says Seton Leather. "Suddenly, leather in non-seating applications is really taking off, so we are either lucky or smart that we made the decision 20 years ago to focus on wrapping interior components with leather," says Rodney Hammond, v.p. and general manager, Seton Leather (Farmington Hills, MI; www.setonleather.com). That decision saw Seton wrapping instrument panels for Mercedes and Volvo, and has expanded to include programs for Cadillac and Buick, an upcoming Chrysler model, and few of the transplant OEMs.

Nissan GT-R: Too Much is Never Enough

June 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Any doubts that technology could be harnessed to produce supercar-surpassing performance in a well-rounded package have been put to rest. "Mr.

Dudder: Deja vu, Again

June 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

I never thought I'd live to see a repeat of 1976, but it is looking like we are about to enter a prolonged period of retreat on many fronts as the "malaise" of the recent years settles upon the electorate.

At a Glance: Mercedes C 63 AMG

May 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

New Front Structure Marking a first for AMG, engineers chucked the base C-Class front suspension to accommodate the 6.3-liter V8 engine. “For the first time, all of the engineering was done by AMG, although we worked very closely with the series engineering team,” says Sven Graeble, product manager forE-, C-, CLS- and CLK-Class AMG vehicles.

A Look Into The Future

May 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

INTRODUCTIONNot since the late 1970s and early 1980s has the future of the automobile industry been as murky as it is today.