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Automotive Engineering International 2004-08-01
- Magazine Issue
Published August 01, 2004 by SAE International in United States
- Success by design
Toyota is working to differentiate itself from the competition by continually evolving its unique design philosophy.
- China overcapacity overstated?
Automakers and suppliers are taking a "build it and they will come" approach to capacity in China.
- Challenges aplenty in China
From an underdeveloped infrastructure to insufficient policing of intellectual property rights, government and industry leaders in China are dealing with a multitude of challenges--and opportunities--as vehicle sales soar.
- Testing adapts
Growing vehicle complexity, globalization, and other industry trends are prompting companies to focus more on automation and standardization in their test programs.
- Lightweight vehicle engineering
Demand for performance and fuel economy make materials once considered too expensive increasingly attractive.
- Interior motives
Although the passenger compartment of a vehicle is where customers spend the most time, manufacturers are still at odds over whether it should be the car's showplace or a cost-cutting target.
- The power of cooperation
As they are made more powerful, robots are being linked for greater capability in the various shops of automobile plants.
- Innovating the way forward
At the biennial Innovation Symposium, DaimlerChrysler executives discussed some of the technologies that will help shape the future of the automobile.
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