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Automotive Engineering: May 2019

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP05_09
Published 2019-05-01 by SAE International in United States

The challenges of improving fuel economy to meet stiffening global emissions regulations continue to offer opportunities for innovation. The industry has tackled the vehicle-efficiency challenge from several directions on the powertrain, aerodynamics, and lightweighting fronts.

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Automotive Engineering: April 2019

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP04_08
Published 2019-04-01 by SAE International in United States

Ominous news for those suppliers whose core business is in combustion-engine powertrains: The pace of new engine-family launches is steadily slowing. It will plummet precipitously after 2021, as our IHS Markit data in the chart below reveal.

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Automotive Engineering: March 2019

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP03_08
Published 2019-03-01 by SAE International in United States

We can debate how quickly the electrified, connected and autonomous future will arrive. But there is no questioning how profoundly its changes will impact the entire mobility ecosystem-OEMs, suppliers, dealers, finance, energy and road infrastructures, and customers.

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Automotive Engineering: February 2019

Michael Robinet
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  • 19AUTP02_07
Published 2019-02-01 by SAE International in United States

Since 2010 this industry has enjoyed an historic rise in both volume and profitability. All participants benefited from an expanding market-more overall volume, vehicle content, technology (driven both by regulations and consumer desire)-as well as a relatively stable global trading field.

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Automotive Engineering: January 2019

Michael Robinet
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  • 19AUTP01_07
Published 2019-01-01 by SAE International in United States

Welcome to 2019, a new year that's already brimming with challenges for mobility-industry suppliers. As they deal with escalating technology investments, unpredictable product-launch cadences, an influx of non-traditional competitors, extreme U.S. import tariffs, and other factors, most suppliers (and their OEM customers) are in a reactive mode to stabilize the bottom line.

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Moving the goalposts of emission compliance

Automotive Engineering: November 2018

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP11_03
Published 2018-11-01 by SAE International in United States

This industry has worked hard to reduce or at least control several critical risks. The effort has been key for all constituents, impacting strategic direction, the allocation of valuable human and financial capital, and enterprise profitability.

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The future of “core” vehicle systems

Automotive Engineering: October 2018

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP10_03
Published 2018-10-01 by SAE International in United States

Somewhere within the supplier ecosphere, amid the rise of ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Shared) technologies, an important point is being lost. That is, the traditional “core” vehicle systems and capabilities which will remain as vital to mobility's future trajectory-including self-driving and robotic SAE Levels 4 and 5 vehicles-as they are today.

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Automotive Engineering: February 2018

Michael Robinet
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  • 18AUTP02_06
Published 2018-02-01 by SAE International in United States

Meeting the less-is-more challenge of global scale

The industry's quest to increase scale is an ongoing battle-balancing the need to customize tomorrow's vehicles to suit consumer tastes and regional regulations, with the competitive reality of driving down costs through volume. Establishing a “Less is More” mantra within this scenario has challenged the past generation of OEM leadership.

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Supplying the Multi-Energy platform

Automotive Engineering: August 2018

Michael Robinet
  • Magazine Article
  • 18AUTP08_02
Published 2018-01-01 by SAE International in United States

During most of the 43 years since U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards became law, the typical vehicle platform-unibody or full-frame, with one ICE-based propulsion source running on hydrocarbon fuels-has essentially remained unchanged. It's gained complexity, for sure. But it's fundamentally the same old horse.

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Automotive Engineering: January 2018

Michael Robinet
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  • 18AUTP01_07
Published 2018-01-01 by SAE International in United States

Learnings from a pivotal year

At some point during the next decade, as they plot their business and technology roadmaps to 2030, industry planners will look back on 2017 as a watershed of events and trends that shaped the mobility future.

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