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2013-02-11
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) on Jan. 8, 2013, published a new regulation on LED light sources, according to InterRegs, an online resource for global vehicle safety and emissions regulations. 
2013-02-11
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The biggest challenge for the designer of small vehicles concerns profits. “Those vehicles have to make money and that is so difficult,” said Stefan Lamm, Director of Exterior Design, Ford of Europe.
2013-02-08
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SABIC Innovative Plastics worked with Rottne Industry to supply a high-performance glazing material for the windshields and windows of its harvesters and forwarders. Margard MR5E sheet offers the best optical properties of the Lexan polycarbonate product line.
2013-02-07
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Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, are looking beyond the current state-of-the-art lightweight material—carbon-fiber composites—to promising nanostructured materials, namely carbon nanotube composites.
2013-01-30
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The new C7 Stingray’s lightweight chassis, which is 57% stiffer in torsion, helps the car achieve a “world-class power-to-weight ratio” that execs claim bests those of the Porsche 911 Carrera and Audi R8.
2013-01-25
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The Taurus/Explorer front-drive platform with all-wheel drive and V6 engines has replaced the iconic police car: the rear-drive Crown Victoria with 4.6-L V8. Sedan and utility vehicle versions are offered, with many police-specific changes, although powertrains are virtually the same as civilian models.
2013-01-14
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The C7, which enters production in 3Q13, boasts an all-new aluminum chassis/passenger cell structure that is 57% stiffer in torsion and 99 lb (45 kg) lighter than the previous C6 steel-and-aluminum structure.
2013-01-11
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Vecdor Nano-Clear from Nanovere Technologies is wipe-on clear nanocoating that offers the ability to permanently restore original color, gloss, and surface hardness back into oxidized textured plastics, highly oxidized fiberglass, and highly oxidized paint surfaces while reducing surface maintenance by 60%, claims Nanovere.
2013-01-04
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Arnite PET XL-T, the thermally conductive thermoplastic polyester from DSM Engineering Plastics, offers automotive electronics developers and designers a solution in overcoming heat management issues in such components as fog lamp housings, lens holders, and adaptive forward lighting frames.
2013-01-04
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Cost remains the most significant challenge to overcome for composites to be more widely deployed in high-volume vehicles, according to a recent poll posted on AEI Online. Repairability was second, manufacturing/assembly third.
2013-01-03
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The Ford urban delivery vehicle gets a six-speed automatic, electric power steering, a 1.6-L EcoBoost that offers 30-mpg highway fuel economy, and a 2.5-L four that can be prepped for CNG and LPG. Short- and long-wheelbase models, as with minivan versions announced earlier, will be offered.
2013-01-02
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Ecco’s Stick-A-LED warning lights are compact, high-intensity auxiliary LEDs designed to provide a strong warning signal with improved installation.
2012-12-17
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W. L. Gore & Associates’ Gore Skyflex Aerospace Materials provide improved protection against chafing and abrasion in both rotary and fixed wing aircraft surfaces.
2012-12-17
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Aerodynamic considerations plainly play an important part in car design, but are they a challenge or an opportunity for a designer? “A bit of both,” says Peugeot's Gilles Vidal. “You know that you won’t achieve the best possible aerodynamic score because if we do so it will most likely be an ugly car.”
2012-12-14
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A further improvement of TRW’s DI10 family of airbag inflators, the DI10.1G45 inflator is the company’s lightest and smallest inflator to date.
2012-12-13
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Significant vehicle mass reduction—up to 20%—is achievable if weight reduction is pursued as part of a "full-vehicle approach," according to a study by FEV Inc. released Dec. 13. The company used a 2010 Toyota Venza for its research because that model was used in an earlier, related study.
2012-12-12
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Two heavyweights in the automotive and aerospace industries are joining minds on lighter materials. BMW and Boeing on Dec. 12 announced they would do joint research on carbon-fiber recycling and share knowledge about the material and its manufacture.
2012-12-11
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DAF Trucks unveiled its first Euro-VI compliant vehicle, the DAF XF heavy truck, at the recent IAA Hanover Show and has now revealed further details.
2012-12-11
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Osram Opto Semiconductors’ Oslon LX is an affordable LED for widespread application in the automotive sector, providing visual and technical enhancements to automobiles from high-end to entry-level segments.
2012-11-30
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XCOR Aerospace has issued the initial phase of a two-phase contract to ATK's Aerospace Structures Division for the detailed design and manufacture of the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV) wings and control surfaces.
2012-11-19
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When Mark Fetherston, as Team Leader External Design Compact Cars, was given the chance to take on a key role in the creation of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class range, he was delighted. But the task had an added frisson: the Management Board did not want evolution, it wanted revolution.
2012-11-06
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To leverage composites as a key strategy in the automotive industry, a complete solution is needed that addresses the challenges of designing, analyzing, and manufacturing composite vehicles in a way that brings them to market faster and at lower cost, says a Dassault Systèmes expert.
2012-10-19
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Weight reduction is already a significant consideration in companies’ product development efforts, and the emphasis is only going to increase in the years ahead, according to SAE-member survey respondents.
2012-10-10
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3M's Uniform Lighting Lens technology is a light management solution that uses a precision-engineered, micro-patterned polycarbonate that provides even illumination when used as an inner lens in light-emitting diode (LED) taillamp designs.
2012-10-05
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Working with supplier 3M, General Motors engineers have developed what they claim is an industry-first LED taillight technology that delivers a soft, uniform red glow in a complex and unique shape. It is being deployed first on the MY2013 Buick Enclave, then will be cascaded to other Buick models, the company says.
2012-10-02
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Renesas Electronics’ RH850/F1x series of 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive body applications combines ultra-low power consumption and high performance with various memory size and package options.
2012-09-24
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Ford is using hydroformed steel tubes, in DP1000 alloy, for the B-pillar and A-pillar roof rail in the new Fusion sedan. Engineers say the benefits are numerous vs. using hot-stamped, welded sheet.
2012-09-24
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Dr. Roger F. Wells’ Occupant Protection and Automobile Safety in the U.S. since 1900, published by SAE International, offers a look at the progression of automotive safety systems and examines how automotive companies, consumers, and political leaders affected that development.
2012-09-24
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The process centers on a new electrode-tip design. It will enable GM’s global body shops to spot-weld virtually any combination of aluminum sheet, extrusions, and castings at higher production rates than are currently used in automotive aluminum-structures manufacturing.
2012-09-13
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Inteva Products recently opened a new plant in India for manufacture of door latches, window regulators, and associated motors. The 72,000-ft² (6700-m²) facility in Pune's Chakan industrial area was designed for future expansion to about 100,000 ft² (9300 m²).
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