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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
Manning Up The Lexus RX 350
How do you solve "a problem" like the Lexus RX?
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
On the 2009 F-150
Fast forwarding to October, 2008, and there's the 2009 F-150. Beyond the sheet metal and under the hood (there's now a base 248-hp V8), there's been a significant change in the complex of facilities used to produce the F-150: now there are two plant...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
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
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
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
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
Ford: Putting on the Top Hat
Now automakers can reuse the basic architecture and structure of a vehicle but then put with vastly different body styles, or top hats, over them. Ford is the latest automaker to join the top hat revolution and it is moving aggressively forward with...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Rethinking the Automated Manual Transmission
Dual-clutch gearboxes, which combine the attributes of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic, are as efficient as a pure manual, but at least as expensive as an automatic. This would suggest that automating a manual transmission woul...
Article Published: 1/1/2009

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