This zone covers the products—from spark plugs to transmissions—developed by automotive suppliers.
Vehicles are being engineered with a silicon infrastructure that does everything from control the powertrain to allowing remote connections—including the possibility of hacking.
Mercedes has been putting diesels in vehicles since 1926. It has been offering them in the U.S. since 1949. And 2013 is seeing a range of offerings, including in its popular GLK SUV.
The 2016 to 2025 CAFE standards will bringmany significant alterations to automotive powertrains, with even more and greater change to follow.
Process simulation has helped the automaker develop a more efficient production line as part of its world-class manufacturing initiative.
Schaeffler Group makes products ranging from bearings to differentials. Here’s a look at some of its recent developments.
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.