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2008-03-31
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Mitsubishi previews possible Eclipse direction with turbodiesel power on display through the top of the hood.
2008-03-31
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"Why can't a minivan look as good as a sports car?" lead exterior designer Joel Baek asked, then answered pointing to the Nissan Forum.
2008-03-31
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COMSOL Multiphysics 3.4 from COMSOL features an engineering and scientific software environment for modeling and simulating any physics-based system.
2008-03-31
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For more than 30 years, TRW owned and operated a proving ground in a state with more than 1 million tail-tossing, teeth-hammering reptiles. Now, the supplier has a proving ground that is in close proximity to the shakers and movers that matter: executives from automakers with an operational base in southeast Michigan.
2008-03-31
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Modern automotive subsystems depend on an integrated mix of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and software technologies. To help account for this mix of technologies, General Motors Powertrain, with some help from Synopsys, pioneered a Signal Delivery Subsystem development process to design electronic controls and analyze technology interactions.
2008-03-31
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The planet wheels in Voith Turbo’s new DIWA.5 automatic gearboxes rotate against DuPont Vespel thrust washers separating them from the planet-wheel carrier. Developed for public transit buses by Voith Turbo, of Heidenheim, Germany, the thrust washers made of DuPont Vespel SP21 polyimide provide a low-abrasion function while working in an environment with high relative rotating speeds of more than 20,000 rpm between the components.
2008-03-31
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More and more vehicles are entering the dealer showroom loaded with advanced safety and convenience features such as lane-departure warning and parking assistance. Valeo has revealed two aftermarket products—the Guideo advanced multivision module and the Beep∥k/Keeper parking-assistance system with anti-bump alert—that offer such functions and more.
2008-03-31
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Last October at its annual conference in Boston, Comsol released the latest version of its engineering and scientific software environment for modeling and simulating physics-based systems, Comsol Multiphysics 3.4.
2008-03-31
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To rid a vehicle cabin of unwanted noise, it is necessary to know how the sound arrived at the interior destination, which is why many companies feature a variety of NVH detection tools. Here is a snapshot of what some suppliers are offering in their acoustic product portfolio, as well as how some businesses are adjusting their technical sound strategies.
2008-03-31
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Kolbenschmidt Pierburg, a supplier of engine components and systems, is pumping up its pump business, focusing on high-growth world markets, and getting the lead out of some of its products to meet upcoming European and U.S. lead-free mandates.
2008-03-31
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A muffler operates in a high-temperature environment bathed in water and acids, which underscores why passenger vehicles are fitted with metal—not plastic—exhaust systems. By the end of the decade, though, vehicles could be adorned with a plastic exhaust system.
2008-03-31
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Volvo places great emphasis on manufacturing quality, safe, comfortable, and environmentally friendly cars. To this end, the company has placed added emphasis and research into the manufacturing of its seats.
2008-03-31
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In today’s highly competitive racing industry, driver skill and engine/drivetrain performance are not the only ingredients of a winning race team. Suspension and chassis design can be the deciding factor in a team’s success.
2008-03-31
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The design software tools that have changed the development cycle are now revamping the way prototype proposals are analyzed by executives, who now view virtual movies rather than scouring over clay mockups. Renault is using these visualization tools to boost the number of new models it introduces.
2008-03-31
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During the recent SAE Commercial Vehicle Congress & Exhibition, Jack Curcio—former President and CEO of Mack Truck—received the Inaugural Commercial Vehicle Sector Lifetime Achievement Award. In a conversation with Jack, who over the years has significantly contributed to both SAE and the industries we serve, he attributed his success in life to always doing the best job possible.
2008-03-31
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At October’s SEMA convention in Las Vegas, Ford kicked off a string of announcements with news that it is now offering customers an affordable, factory-built racecar for those seeking to make inroads to professional racing. The Mustang FR500S is based on a production-line Mustang built on a special assembly line at AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, MI.
2008-03-31
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Following in the footsteps of the biodiesel-powered EcoJet introduced at last year’s SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) convention in Las Vegas, “Tonight Show” host and green-driving enthusiast Jay Leno used the occasion of this year’s show to introduce the Chevrolet Corvette Z06-inspired C6RS capable of running on E85 ethanol.
2008-03-31
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The Society of Plastics Engineers’ 37th annual Automotive Innovation Awards are the Oscars of the automotive plastics business. The competition for 2007 was “especially intense,” noted program chair Brian Gosser, Automotive Business Manager for Samsung Chemical USA. As in years past, AEI was honored to participate on the Blue-Ribbon judging panel.
2008-03-31
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Chrysler’s traditional approach to vehicle development has taken a detour as engineers recently started using bio-mimetic topology optimization and an advanced engineering process as a means of designing safer, lighter automobiles. The new process helps to identify which body-in-white zones have the highest strain as well as prime locations for the various critical load paths on the vehicle.
2008-03-31
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When compared to its two-wheel-drive gasoline-only siblings, two General Motors hybrid sport utility vehicles notch 50% better fuel economy in city driving and an up-to-30% fuel economy up-tick in combined city/highway driving. Among the fuel-smart facilitators is a regenerative braking system.
2008-03-31
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A new collaborative program led by Prodrive and partially funded by the U.K.’s Technology Strategy Board has been launched in the U.K. to develop a dc-dc converter aimed at being more efficient, smaller, and more economical than others on the market. The converter would also enable regenerative braking to become more effective.
2008-03-31
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Valeo and Maxwell Technologies are slated to collaborate on the development of a new stop-start and regenerative-braking system with the emphasis on cost effectiveness. The aim is to create a system using ultracapacitors instead of nickel metal-hydride or lithium-ion batteries, achieving very significant cost savings but still achieving much of the benefit of a conventional mild hybrid application.
2008-03-31
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Audi’s new A4 represents a looks-to-legroom redesign that packages some interesting technology—but the launch models only give a hint of things to come. Next year, Audi will introduce the hybrid version of the Q7 into series production, and the company is set to expand its hybrid option into other model ranges, including the A4 and, eventually, the A1.
2008-03-31
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Using quartz and sapphire components, high-powered lasers, and scientific cameras researchers are able to see inside an operating engine, and that vision is proving to be a valuable aid for finding ways to reduce diesel emissions.
2008-03-31
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Transmission manufacturer Getrag has unveiled a new concept in hybrid drivetrains—a dry dual-clutch transmission linked to an electric rear axle—the first of a range of parallel hybrid systems to be developed jointly with Robert Bosch. The systems will feature Getrag PowerShift dual-clutch transmissions and Bosch electrical architecture for the alternator, electric drive system, and power electronics.
2008-03-31
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The bombardier beetle’s ability to spray a stinging 100°C (212°F) cocktail from its internal “combustion chamber” over a distance 10 times its own length was the inspiration for a team from Leeds University working to improve automotive fuel injectors using mist technology.
2008-03-31
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Valeo claims its electromagnetic valvetrain can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15 to 20% and also deliver up to 15% more torque at low engine speeds by enabling technologies such as cylinder deactivation and infinitely variable valve timing.
2008-03-31
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Gasoline direct injection technology offers the potential to satisfy horsepower cravings or improve fuel economy, particularly when coupled with engine downsizing, turbo boosting, or even alternative fuels.
2008-03-31
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Cleaning paint fixtures is an important but often time-consuming aspect of the vehicle manufacturing process. KMT Robotic Solutions has launched a robotic cleaning system to remove excess paint on trolleys that transport parts to and from the paint shop, with the goal of reducing the possibility of fire when trolleys are in paint ovens.
2008-03-31
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Access to the Internet means Chinese consumers know about new product offerings, and they in turn want “those” products, not the products “that have been obsoleted,” Mei-Wei Cheng, Chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China, said at a recent Asia-focused conference in Michigan.
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