VW Partners on Car Anti-Hacking Security Services

Volkswagen Group is forming a venture with three non-automotive partners to help companies identify and defend against potential cyber attacks on their corporate databases.


Polycarbonate Contributes to EV Range

Mass reduction is critical for fuel economy improvement in any vehicle.

Materials & Lightweighting

Plastics Role in Future Car Designs

DuPont engineering survey highlights some of the latest issues and developments.

Materials & Lightweighting

Chery, Bayer Plan New Materials Research Lab

Bayer AG's MaterialScience unit and partner Chery Automobile Co. plan to open a research and development laboratory as a part of Chery's operations in Wuhu, China, and conduct technical seminars there.


Bayer Aims to Catch Auto Parts in a Bottle

Bayer AG's MaterialScience unit has developed a new material from recycled polycarbonate and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics for horizontal body parts such as spoilers, trunk lids and skirts.

Something Big About Smart

Although the smart fortwo vehicle, which will be available in the U.S. early in ’08, is a comparatively small car—wheelbase: 73.5 in.; length: 106.1 in.; width: 61.4 in.; height: 60.7 in.—it has something that not even the biggest Maybach offers. “With an area of around 1.2 square meters, this is to date the largest polycarbonate roof module fitted in a production-line vehicle anywhere in the world,” claims Dr.


Creating the QarmaQ

More than your run-of-the-auto-show-circuit concept car, the Hyundai QarmaQ is a study in the potential deployment of advanced materials.


Soy Oil for 'Greener' Interior Foam

Farm chemurgy?Bizarre as that may sound, according to Ash Galbreath, director of Environmental Comfort & Engineering at Lear Corp. (Southfield, MI; www.lear.com), this undertaking, farm chemurgy, which involves using chemistry and other scientific processes to transform farm crops to industry products, is something that is being taken very seriously at Lear as they work toward more environmentally sound products and processes.

Materials & Lightweighting

Plastics Progress: What You Need to Know

New materials that can help produce better products.

Materials & Lightweighting

Improved Interior Material

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is often used to cover the yarns that go into the fabrics that cover automotive seats.


Do Plastic Body Panels Have A Future?

Remember those Saturn commercials showing shopping carts bouncing harmlessly off of plastic body panels? Good idea, right? But apparently the approach never really caught on. Now the question is: will it ever?

Interiors & Electronics

Steeling Plastics

Having conquered interiors and trim parts, plastics are now making inroads into automotive structural components with the help of an unlikely ally–steel.


Automotive Observations: Acknowledging Innovation

The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Div. announced the winners of its 31st annual Most Innovative Use of Plastics Awards.


The Inside Story

Looking Beyond the ExteriorWhile the exterior of the Pontiac Aztek has engendered the use of adjectives by automotive journalists and consumers alike in a way not seen or heard since the days of the Edsel, the interior of the vehicle has actually garnered some praise for its utility (even though Pontiac doesn’t call the Aztek a “sport utility vehicle,” but, rather, a “sport recreation vehicle”).Part of the inside story of the vehicle is the use of two engineering thermo-plastics—a polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resin and an ABS resin from Bayer Corp.’s Plastic Div. (Pittsburgh, PA), Bayblend and Lustran, respectively—for the instrument panel (IP) and the knee bolsters.


NPE & New Machinery

When the National Plastics Exposition rolls into Chicago, equipment manufacturers come up with some new or better ways to process plastics. Here's a look at what some of the builders exhibited.


Plastics: The Applications Evolve

Plastics implementation expert Dr. Norm Kakarala of Delphi Automotive talks about the trends and developments in the application of plastics.