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Investing A Lot in Green (and Sterling)
What this is: Clearly, this is a building.
Article Published: 12/1/2008
The Changing Definition of 'Niche Vehicles'
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.
Article Published: 12/1/2008
Venza Revealed
Even though the market is down--yes, even for Toyota--the company is introducing a new model with a new nameplate: the Venza.
Article Published: 12/1/2008
Ford Quality: Not An Overnight Sensation
When it comes to quality, it seems as though Ford Motor Co. is on a roll.
Article Published: 2/1/2008
The Lexus: Lx 570: A Larger Lap of Luxury
They call it a "luxury utility vehicle." Sure, it can crawl over rocks. And it can tow plenty. But fundamentally, this is a luxo-cruiser, first and foremost, with seating for eight. You could select the optional 19-speaker Mark Levinson system and b...
Article Published: 2/1/2008
A Brief History of smart: Production Car As Fashion Statement
One of the great industrial comeback stories is that of the Swiss watch industry.
Article Published: 1/7/2008
Motoman's New SSA2000 Robot: Faster Welding-Same Price
In the automotive industry, on your typical parts, you have a lot of short welds,” says Craig Jennings, president of Motoman Inc. (www.motoman.com; West Carrolton, OH). He then ticks off examples of arc-welded part: seat frames, mufflers, susp...
Article Published: 6/1/2007
The Automotive 72-Hour Chat Room
“A gargantuan chat room.” That’s how Doug Gross, IBM Automotive Sector general manager, described the three-day “Automotive Supplier Jam” that was organized by IBM (www.ibm.com) and the Original Equipment Suppliers Asso...
Article Published: 5/1/2007
TLC Is Key For System Assessment
When it comes to specifying and buying a machining system for powertrain production operations, it is essential to look beyond the price sticker. Economies of scale are certainly important. But so are a variety of other factors.
Article Published: 4/4/2007
Integrating The Manufacturing Enterprise
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have been very, very busy with acquisitions, new modules, and integrations. Here’s a snapshot of some new developments.
Article Published: 1/9/2007

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