The Automotive Design & Production Production Zone consists of the hardware—tools, machining centers, grinders, etc.—that is used in automotive manufacturing.
You can purpose build or you can spread your risks when developing a car powered by electricity.
While there are plenty of electric motors in automobiles—for everything from the windshield wipers to the power windows— the number of electric motors where the internal combustion engine normally sits is still pretty low. There is only one way to learn how to build them, which is to build them, and that’s just what GM is doing in a plant in Baltimore.
Sometimes you feel like driving a sport sedan like, well, something that might be well suited to a track. Oftentimes you want to drive a sports sedan like you’re going to buy a carton of milk (because you are). The 2014 Lexus IS has been engineered to handle both with aplomb.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.
What do you do when you need to produce parts on a new VMC but don't want to invest in the equipment?
At the Geneva Motor Show, Jeep introduced the Renegade—a small SUV that, unlike many other small SUVs, has a 4x4 system that is said to provide off-road capability (there is Jeep Active Drive, a full-time 4x4 system, and Jeep Active drive low, a 4x4 system that offers a 20:1 crawl ratio; there is a disconnecting real axle and power-take-off-unit to provide fuel efficiency when 4x4 isn’t required), a vehicle based off the “small-wide architecture” that’s used for the Fiat 500L, but engineered so that there is the aforementioned off-road capability (which also includes fully independent suspension and the ability to have up to 8.1 in. of wheel articulation and 8.7 in. of ground clearance); a vehicle that Jeep plans to sell in multiple global markets, so it is offering it with 16 different powertrain options, gasoline and diesel, manual and dual dry-clutch automatic, as well as the segment’s first nine-speed automatic; a Jeep that is being built in a Fiat plant in Melfi, Italy—it brought over a group of journalists, including Frank Marcus, technical director at Motor Trend.
When Lamborghini went into the Geneva Show for the mass public unveiling of its Gallardo successor, the Huracán, the company said that through a series of private showings, it had already booked orders for 700 units.
To be a first-rate supplier nowadays doesn’t simply mean making parts, components or systems to spec.