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Love Thy Supplier
The challenges facing the industry throughout the next decade almost make the last decade’s look easy.
Columns Published: 3/27/2014
Steve Mattin: Taking Volvo Beyond Safety
It's been four years since Steve Mattin became the senior vice president of Design at Volvo, and while the brand has introduced several new or refreshed products under his direction-C30, S80 and C70, to name a few-yet until now, he has yet to flex h...
Columns Published: 1/1/2009
There's No Business in Show Business
"Why do I have to trudge through this snowy mess in the middle of winter to see a bunch of cars I've already seen, either in person or on the Internet?" It's in January for two reasons: January was once the official start of the model year, and the ...
Columns Published: 1/1/2009
French Firms at the Paris Show: Styling
Motor shows are the places where the local manufacturers can strut their stuff knowing full well that it is their chance to grab the headlines. At this year’s Paris International Motor Show, though, foreigners stole the show, specifically Bentley wi...
Columns Published: 12/1/2002
Homeland Security vs. Global Supply Chains
Global supply chains may be on a collision course with homeland security. Sweeping changes are taking place as the U.S. Customs Service shifts from interdicting smugglers to preventing terrorism.
Columns Published: 12/1/2002
Light On Its Feet
Mark White, manager, Body-In- White Design, Body & Trim Engineering Jaguar Cars Ltd. (Coventry, England), is an aluminum man.
Columns Published: 12/1/2002
The Lexus GX 470: You Want Me To Drive This Where?
According to Kunihiro Hoshi, chief engineer for the GX 470: “Three of my top goals were to create a body-on-frame vehicle with sweeping off-road performance and unibody-like on-road capability, and, of course, it had to meet the Lexus quality standa...
Columns Published: 12/1/2002
Making HEVs Happen
It seems that hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles (HEVs) may have a future after all and not be the short-term stopgap that many had prophesied. Toyota, in particular, is fully committed to the concept and has made public its aim of selling 300,000 hy...
Columns Published: 11/1/2002
Saturn Ion: Re-entry Vehicle
It's very easy to summarize any Saturn: "A spaceframe vehicle with polymer doors and fenders, horizontal headlamps, a side ‘swoosh' character line, and ‘Saturn' badges located behind the wheel openings in the front fenders." This also describes the ...
Columns Published: 11/1/2002
Genchi-Genbutsu and Creating the Toyota 4Runner
With the proliferation of SUVs on the market right now, the folks at Toyota knew that there was a big challenge in developing the new 4Runner. So Toyota engineers applied a methodology that got them thinking about what really needed to get done.
Columns Published: 10/1/2002

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