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MAGNA'S COMPETITIVE APPROACH: DEVELOP & BUILD
QUICK: What company developed the BMW Z4 coupe? (Hint: It wasn’t BMW)ANSWER: Magna International (Aurora, Ontario, Canada; www.magna.com)That’s right: The Tier One supplier of stampings, systems, assemblies, etc. actually developed the i...
Article Published: 5/1/2006
MAHLE'S PORTABLE DIGITAL TESTING ASSISTANT
According to Ben Shirey, manager, Diagnostic Engineering, Mahle Powertrain (Novi, MI; www.us.mahle.com), “Durability and battery life have always been problems with portable testers.” This is especially true since they most often take th...
Article Published: 4/4/2006
POWER SHIFT
The future for a new breed of automatic transmissions—manual gearboxes that shift themselves—is bright according to the folks at Germany’s Getrag (Untergruppenbach, Germany; www.getrag.de). According to their figures, the market fo...
Article Published: 4/4/2006
VEHICLE SENSORS GAIN AFFORDABILITY
Continental Automotive Systems (www.conti-online.com) has launched a new generation of infrared sensors it says will pave the way for advanced safety and comfort features to migrate to lower priced vehicles in the near future.
Article Published: 4/4/2006
Resurrecting Mercedes
While the marque may have been blemished by recent quality problems, there is a dedication to making that badge shine with improved processes and new products.
Article Published: 3/1/2006
OnStar: 10 Years After
It is going to be standard on all GM vehicles in the U.S. and Canada by the end of ’07. Its technology and service are also offered by non-GM companies, including Lexus. And while there have been and are some competitors (the business of a cross-tow...
Article Published: 2/3/2006
Hyundai Selects Honeywell Turbo Diesel System
Honeywell Turbo Technologies (Torrance, CA; http://www.honeywell.com/sites/ts/tt) has developed the third generation of its Garrett Variable Nozzle Turbine (VNT) turbocharger, which is said to provide improved boost response by adjusting the gas-flo...
Article Published: 1/6/2006
In Gear
Ikona Gear International (Coquitlam, British Columbia; www.ikonagear.com) has begun development of a continuously variable transmission based on its proprietary gear platform.
Article Published: 12/6/2005
GM Ypsilanti Begins 6-Speed Production
Predicting the demand for 6-speed automatic transmissions will continue to grow to more than 30% of new vehicles sold by 2012, General Motors Corp. initiated production of a new family of Hydra-Matic 6-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmissions ...
Article Published: 12/6/2005
From Accent To Azera
Hot off the success of the new Sonata, Hyundai takes on a new Accent and replaces the unloved XG350 with a contemporary large sedan.
Article Published: 12/1/2005

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