MATERIALS & LIGHTWEIGHTING

Putting Material in Its Place

December 16, 2019 at 1:26 AM

Shedding weight to make cars more efficient is complicated by the economic advantages of using as many of the same components as possible in multiple models, says Altair Engineering’s Richard Yen.

Steel, Aluminum Rules Stall USMCA Trade Pact

December 06, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Efforts to finalize local content rules for aluminum and steel are stalling attempts to finalize a new trade deal with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Ford Puts McDonald’s Coffee to Use in Car Parts

December 04, 2019 at 10:31 AM

Ford Motor Co. plans to begin using composite materials derived from coffee remnants supplied by fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. in future vehicle parts to reduce weight and enhance sustainability.

Next-Generation Adhesives Provide New Opportunities

December 01, 2019 at 3:37 PM

Where adhesives are concerned, automotive applications are proving to have real staying power. From helping meet lightweighting challenges to effectively addressing the ever-increasing electronics requirements, adhesives are a full-spectrum solution worth investigating.

BASF Building $10 Billion China Complex

November 26, 2019 at 9:24 AM

Chemical giant BASF SE is building a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Zhanjiang, China, to make advanced plastics for the auto and electronics.industries.

South Korea, Indonesia Finalize Free Trade Pact

November 25, 2019 at 1:01 PM

South Korea and Indonesia completed more than seven years of trade talks today on a free trade deal that will drop tariffs on cars and steel.

Engineering the 2020 Lincoln Corsair

November 22, 2019 at 9:23 AM

These are the elements that make up both a promise and a bill of materials.

German Carmakers Fined for Fixing Steel Prices

November 21, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Germany’s federal cartel office has fined BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen a combined €100 million ($111 million) for fixing the cost of surcharges on certain steel purchases.

Speed Record-Setting Farm Equipment

November 21, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Imagine a tractor going faster than 135 mph. . .

2020 Acura RDX A-Spec

November 19, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Too much about racing. Not enough about driving.