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2015-11-27
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Electronics arms race hots up The automotive supply chain landscape is undergoing huge transformation. Dr. Elmar Dagenhart, chairman of the executive board, Continental AG, explains how his company plans to be right at the forefront Sizing up the down-sizing challenge With the impact of VW's 'Dieselgate' still being felt widely, the Aachen automobile and engine technology Colloquium was particularly pertinent this year. Ian Adcock reports on the most significant technologies and presentations. Double coupe coup! Automotive Design'sIan Adcock reflects on some of the concept cars from 2015 that caught his eye Fuelling a sustainable future What is the best route for the UK to achieve its targeted 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions?
2015-10-07
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Tearing down the global barriers Steering systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, as Ian Adcock discovers when talking to the men leading Nexteer's European expansion €1.1 billion worth of Bentley luxury Bentley's Bentayga is the first in a new generation of luxury cross-overs. Ian Adcock reveals its engineering secrets Goal: "virtual" perfection Should simulations be 100% accurate?
2015-06-17
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Transmission: on a mission Ian Adcock speaks with Oerlikon Graziano's head of performance, automotive, Paolo Mantelli, about the revolution ahead for transmission systems. Inside the proving factory Ian Adcock reports on a new business model designed to bridge the skills gap between engineering start-ups and the motor industry. Sensing danger, maximum response Automotive Design looks into passenger safety systems.
2014-11-30
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Riding on a high Rudi Schurmans and Ben Patel head up Tenneco's suspension and clean air divisions. Ian Adcock discovers what the automotive future holds for them Driverless revolution has begun! Breakthrough Photonic radar promises greater accuracy at lower cost, Ian Adcock discovers Winds of change are here Simulating aerodynamics will make a step-change in vehicle design, as Stephen Remondi, President and CEO of EXA, explains to Ian Adcock
2014-09-16
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All the right connections With 2013 sales of $6.8 billion, Dana is a leading tier one supplier. Ian Adcock catches up with its chief technical and quality officer George Constand. Jaguar's lightweight challenger Ian Adcock uncovers the secrets that make the XE saloon, Jaguar's most important car yet. Boxing clever How composite crashboxes save weight and cost
2014-06-17
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DuPont: from art to part DuPont's newly appointed global automotive technology director Jeffrey Sternberg, in conversation with Ian Adcock. Igniting the creative spark Ryan Gehm and Lindsay Brooke report on breakthrough technologies at the SAE Congress. Winning ways Ian Adcock exclusively reveals the newly formed Williams Advanced Engineering facility. Driverless future: steering a safe course Google unleashing 100 driverless, motorised pods on to the road has put the need for rigorous safety standards centre stage, as Ian Adcock reports
2014-03-21
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Downsizing: the heat is off Ian Adcock discovers why a material developed in the nuclear industry could prove a real boon for OEMs as they look to downsize engines. Lightweight champions Could an alloy with the strength of steel, but as light as aluminium, prove to be a game changer for the automotive industry? Ian Adcock investigates. Road fatalities: eliminating the human factor In a new series on vehicle safety, Ian Adcock looks at the need for more driver intervention systems.
2013-12-01
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UK plc? It's the only place to be! Where is the best location for global car makers and suppliers to grow their businesses and research and development? The UK, says AIO's Joe Greenwell, without hesitation. Ian Adcock reports Time for a rethink A free-piston IC generator has been developed for range-extended hybrids. Steven Ashley looks at the implications One champ, two contenders Breakthrough battery technology and electric power assist are the key factors that will accelerate the transition to 48 volts, says Ian Adcock
2013-10-04
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Exhausting Possibilities A novel herringbone design of exhaust catalyst could be the 'Eureka' moment for emissions reductions, says ACAT Global's CEO Joseph W Moch. Ian Adcock tries to unravel the story behind it A right royal performance An interior influenced by the Jubilee celebrations? James Brewer finds out more Virtually, the real deal OEMs want faster time to market, reduced development costs and ever more sophisticated testing. Ian Adcock reports
2013-06-01
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Valve controls Imagine a valve control system that is infinitely variable irrespective of engine speed and load. Impossible? Not according to Camcon Automotive's technical director Roger Stone, as Ian Adcock discovers Mother Nature knows best What can the automotive industry learn from nature when it comes to weight saving? Ryan Borroff has been finding out Building up the pressure Tony Lewis reports on the growing trend towards even higher line pressures in injection systems.
2013-02-02
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Green revolution How green can a car plant be? Hugh Hunston travels to Tangiers to discover if Dacia has the answers Stop, thief! Facial recognition could be the answer Manufacturing reformation Additive 3D printing could well revolutionise manufacturing, as Ian Adcock discovers
2012-11-25
Magazine
A shift in the oil mix Tony Lewin speaks with Dr Mathias Woydt of Berlin's Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing Wind cheater As OEMs strive for greater vehicle efficiency, subtle changes in aerodynamics can deliver significant rewards, as Ian Adcock discovers
2012-10-25
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Democratisation of Technology Ian Adcock caught up with Andreas Schamel, Quest for the self-propelled car A team of experts is working to integrate batteries into structural components, in a move that could not only lead to the efficiency and range of vehicles being increased, but ultimately see them powered by their own body structures. Ryan Borroff reports Flexible and intelligent Engine management systems are becoming increasingly complex, in order to cope with a wider range of fuels, as well as tougher legislation. Chris Edwards reports
2012-09-25
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Walking the torque A system that fills in the torque gap of a turbocharged diesel engine, allowing a smaller power unit to punch well above its size, without the dreaded 'lag'-that has to be a winner, surely. So a decade later, why has it yet to come to market? Ian Adcock ponders the reasons Tipping the scales The original Range Rover revolutionised the automotive industry when it was launched. Some 42 years later, the latest version looks very much set to do the same as Ian Adcock reports Can computers take control safely? In the name of improved safety, some favour a future where automation takes charge of a fast-moving vehicle. The more cautious support advanced systems that simply warn drivers of potential problems. Who will win out? Chris Edwards reports
2012-01-31
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Safe, green and connected Ian Adcock recently caught up with Delphi's Dr Andrew Brown Jr, its executive director and chief technologist, to discover where the business goes in the immediate future Fusion/Mondeo…one to watch Ford's Fusion, Mondeo in Europe, is the brand's most important car so far this century. Ian Adcock and Paul Horrell report from its launch in Detroit Gearing up for change Tony Lewin reports on the most significant news from the recent CTI symposium
2011-11-30
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Spotlight on Bernard Gilmont Ian Adcock talks with the European Aluminium Association director about light weighting and improved vehicle efficiency Hydrogen: The Power Broker Andrew English on the challenges of storing hydrogen, using metal-organic frameworks Bridging the gap In an Automotive Design exclusive, Richard Yarrow reveals the secrets behind Harman's interconnected infotainment technology
2011-09-30
Magazine
Spotlight on Sanjay Ravi Mark Fletcher discovers how The Cloud can help the automotive industry Powering Aspirations Ian Adcock reviews technologies at this year's Frankfurt motor show Stop-Start Breakthrough Kami Buchholz reports on an innovative Schaeffler stop-start for automatics
2011-07-31
Magazine
Spotlight on Wolfgang Dürheimer Ian Adcock discovers ambitious plans for Bentley, Bugatti, and Volkswagen motorsport Pixel-ated In an Automotive Design exclusive, Ian Adcock gets the inside track on TATA's and Torotrak's unique zero-turn technology 'Buy to drive' Manufacturing Keith Howard investigates the benefits of additive manufacturing
2011-03-31
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Spotlight on Matt Roney Tony Lewin talks with TRW's Matt Roney about the megatrends now shaping future vehicle technology-and the emphasis is on delivering maximum value. The new black Imagine a future where cars weigh half what they do today, emit less carbon dioxide and are much easier to recycle. That vision may well be on its way, as Ian Adcock, Paul Horrell and Lou Reade report. Safety first Volvo's electric-powered C30 presented its engineers with a unique set of safety challenges, not least integrating a 300Kgs battery pack.
2011-01-31
Magazine
Spotlight on Steve Henderson Dow Automotive's president reveals to Ian Adcock how his company can help OEMs, sometimes in some surprising ways Shifting Times Ian Adcock and Tony Lewin take a closer look at transmission developments Lethal weapons Keith Howard investigates if vehicles are liable to cyber attacks
2010-11-01
Magazine
Spotlight on Bernhard Bihr The President of Bosch Engineering explains to Ian Adcock why he believes the internal combustion engine (ICE) will continue to dominate Flywheel power booster Battery hybrids are grabbing the headlines, but a rival could be cheaper and more efficient, as Ian Adcock discovers Sounds fantastic The auto industry is looking to provide studio quality sound on the move. Graham Pitcher tunes in
2010-05-01
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Spotlight on Ulrik Grape Ulrik Grape, president Ener1 Europe, gives Ian Adcock an insight into the future of EVs Technological Tour De Force This year's SAE World Congress was a showcase for advanced technologies. We highlight those that impressed most Wankel's new lease of life Once dismissed for its oil consumption and high wear rates, Wankel rotary engines could be reborn in a range extender, as Ian Adcock discovers
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