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The Next Big Thing: Wi-Fi
Wireless connectivity for personal computers is exploding. More than 300,000 PCs are now being added every month to wireless local area networks (WLANs). It is only a matter of time before Wi-Fi ("Wireless Fidelity") sweeps through vehicles, as well...
Columns Published: 9/1/2002
Cool Under Pressure
Federal-Mogul's all-steel piston is designed for the increased heat and pressure new heavy duty diesel engines will be generating. Poised to replace aluminum units, it eventually may find its way into passenger vehicles.
Columns Published: 9/1/2002
Mitsubishi Rolls into the Small SUV Space
The answer to the missing entry-level SUV, the 2003 Outlander, is not likely to see much in the way of off-road use unless the driver goes onto the shoulder of a highway and hits the gravel. Of course, if you've seen—and heard—any of the TV commerci...
Columns Published: 9/1/2002
Vauxhall Ups Its Flexibility in Ellesmere Port
For all its long history–it celebrates its centenary next year–it is all too easy to dismiss Vauxhall as a bit player in the General Motors empire. The brand is, after all, only to be found in the UK–even the right-hand cars bound for the Republic o...
Columns Published: 9/1/2002
Honda Changes the Game
Although Honda has been late to the game that's garnering sales for its competitors (particularly—egad!—Toyota) in the compact SUV category, with the Pilot, it is now solidly in the field. In fact, Honda's tardy entry is so cleverly put together tha...
Columns Published: 8/1/2002
Less Weight, More Quiet
Customers want quieter vehicles. They also want cars and trucks that have better fuel economy. Until now, the two goals were mutually exclusive because making a vehicle quieter meant adding more layers of heavy insulating materials.
Columns Published: 7/1/2002
Shake Your Money Makers
Ford's full-size "Panther" platform–a body-on-frame design that dates back to the first Bush administration–undergirds the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car.
Columns Published: 7/1/2002
Digital Piracy and the Automobile
It's no secret that unauthorized music copying is costing the music industry billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Columns Published: 5/1/2002
Glassy-eyed Optimists or Material Geniuses?
In the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Mr.
Columns Published: 5/1/2002
Building the New Range Rover
While Range Rover has a relatively short history in the U.S., it is in fact celebrating its 32nd anniversary this summer.
Columns Published: 2/1/2002

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