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Materials & Lightweighting

“Ultimate Analog Supercar” Takes Shape

Gordon Murray’s upcoming T.50 gets V-12 power and a super-lightweight design

Regulations

What’s Next. A Year of Change in Automotive.

2020 is a year like no other. Unpredictable change in the automotive industry and a new direction for AutoBeat Magazine.

Production

World's Most Expensive Car May Get a Lot More Affordable (Relatively Speaking)

Trademark decision paves the way for replicas of iconic Ferrari

Batteries

Lucid Air Lives Up to Its Name

New EV claims an industry-best 0.21 drag coefficient

Production

Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai Group Top IIHS Safety Ratings

Tougher headlight criteria reduce number of Top Safety Pick+ winners

Batteries

Vehicular Lightweighting: Path. Strategy. Endgame.

The automaker with the best solution for reducing weight will be the one with the clearest vision of the endgame and the strategy to get there.

Car/Ride Sharing

Smart Doors for Autonomous Vehicles

When cars go robotic, how will they know who to open their doors for? Answer: with doors that sense their surroundings, says Inteva Products CEO Lon Offenbacher.

Regulations

Takata Recalls Another 10 Million Airbag Inflators

Takata—the bankrupt airbag supplier responsible for the world’s largest auto-related recall ever—is throwing another 10 million defective devices into the mess.

Mercedes Recalls Nearly 745,000 Faulty Sunroofs

Daimler is calling back 744,900 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to check for glass sunroof panels that could blow off while the vehicle is moving.

Propulsion

Why Is a Vehicle Introduced in 2011 Relevant Right Now?

While there is certainly an almost unprecedented transformation in vehicles occurring, a research project that commenced in 2009 has some big implications for OEMs still today. It has to do with steel.

Composites

Carbon Fiber Creations in Auto Applications

It is more “go” than “show,” although when it comes to interior trim the composite material provides a technical touch.

Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Takes Multi-Pronged Approach to Autonomoy

Toyota Research Institute is working to help make vehicles safer by increasing their levels of autonomy. But, for the near-term future, the driver isn’t going to be relinquishing the task of driving.

Design

Transforming Volkswagen

A line up of electric cars and a new head of American operations may have a bigger transformation on VW (especially in the U.S.) than anything since the first Beetle arrived in the U.S. in 1949.

Hybrid

What’s Nexo?

Hyundai has developed a hydrogen-powered vehicle that has the capability and the stylishness that might make people wonder why there aren’t more hydrogen stations.

Design

Magna Forms Joint Ventures in China

Magna International is forming two new joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), a subsidiary of the state-owned automotive group BAIC, for (1) engineering and (2) manufacturing electric vehicles.

Interiors

Magna, Polestar and More

Magna is an automotive supplier. But it is a Tier One supplier unlike many others.

Business

Magna & the Challenges of Modern Automotive Manufacturing

Magna International is the third-largest automotive supplier on the planet.

Propulsion

Love Thy Supplier

The challenges facing the industry throughout the next decade almost make the last decade’s look easy.

Interiors

Jeeps Modified for Moab

On Easter morning in Moab, Utah, when the population of that exceedingly-hard-to-get-to town in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth has more than doubled, some people won’t be hunting for Easter eggs, but will be trying to get a good look at one of the vehicles six that Jeep has prepared for real-life, fast-feedback from the assembled at the annual Easter Jeep Safari.

Interiors & Electronics

TI Automotive Opens Fuel Tank Plant in Central Mexico

Fluid systems provider TI Automotive has ventured south of the border to San Luis Potosí, Mexico for the opening of its third North American—and 24th worldwide—fuel-tank systems manufacturing plant.

Plastics

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?