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Something Swedish about Design
Something to consider during this period of automotive transitionThe Swedish crystal expert firm Orrefors (http://www.orrefors.se/main.asp) started business in 1898 where an iron factory had been sited since 1726.
Article Published: 2/2/2009
The Changing Face of GM
Now that GM executives have released their survival plan, the question remains: “What happens to the General’s current—and future—lineup?”
Article Published: 2/1/2009
Nissan's EV and Battery Plans, Part 3 of 5
 Nissan's 2010 electric vehicle isn't a two-seat city vehicle, but rather a 4-5 passenger sedan powered by a laminated lithium-ion battery pack. "We aren't buying this technology," says Mark Perry, director, Product Planning and Advan...
Article Published: 2/1/2009
Manning Up The Lexus RX 350
How do you solve "a problem" like the Lexus RX?
Article Published: 2/1/2009
Metal to Plastic Under the Hood
Several plastic makers are now producing components and subsystems once considered the sole domain of steel and-yes-even aluminum. Thermoplastic can mean up to a 30 to 40% weight reduction over equivalent metal components in many under hood applicat...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
L.A. Auto Show
Los Angles in November: 80º and copious sunshine pitted against the testimony of Detroit’s CEOs in D.C.
Article Published: 1/1/2009
The Aluminum Evolution
The fact is that steel has created a number of new grades promising greater strength and lightness, most OEMs aren’t about to incur the costs associated with tearing up their assembly plants in order to switch materials, and steel is a known quantit...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Better Cover
Environmental and process improvements have been made for steering wheel production by Autoliv, a supplier of interior products ranging from airbags to seatbelts. It is a thermoplastic covering that replaces the more conventional polyurethane materi...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Cluster Graphic Controller
Fujitsu’s MB88F332 graphics controller provides a single-chip solution for operating cluster instrumentation, heads-up display systems and central information displays, with a sophisticated sprite, or bitmap, engine for high-quality graphics.
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Designing, Engineering, Lighting
While designers, engineers and other technical personnel are supposed to work together in creating innovative, salable products, few examples are as obvious as the work that is being done at Audi AG in Ingolstadt, Germany. Specifically, it’s work on...
Article Published: 1/1/2009

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