MATERIALS & LIGHTWEIGHTING

Automation/Robotics

2021 Nissan Rogue: Five Ways They’ve Improved the Brand’s Best Seller

It is the ever-vexing challenge: Making something popular better—with what it takes to get new customers without alienating the existing ones. 
#Nissan

Infrastructure

The Case of CASE

A presentation at the Society of Automotive Analysts’ 5th Annual Mobility Innovations Summit
#people #GeneralMotors #Tesla

Materials & Lightweighting

BMW Unveils the iX EV SUV

While it isn’t going to be available until early 2022, BMW wants to show that it is in the lux EV SUV space, too
#Cadillac #Tesla #BMW

January 7, 9am CST

AutoBeat Live is a monthly 30-minute show featuring conversations with leading observers of and people in the auto industry. Each episode will include insights about what’s happening—things that may affect suppliers to the industry. 

Materials & Lightweighting

Automotive Lighting & Shining a Light on the Past

We talk advanced lighting strategies and learn from a historian on the “Autoline After Hours”
#Bosch #AutolineAfterHours #MercedesBenz

Interiors

It’s “Only” an Escalade

Executing the interior of the new version of Cadillac’s venerable flagship, Escalade
#MercedesBenz #Bosch #Magna

Design

Putting Material in Its Place

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.
#Bosch #MercedesBenz #Magna

Plastics

Revolutionary Hydrogen Storage Tank Design Could Propel H2 Deployment

Rather than storing hydrogen in a large cylindrical tank, Noble Gas has developed a conformal system
#safety

Production

Machining Gummy Materials: A New Use for Sharpies

Organic films help metal removal Purdue researchers discover

Steel

A Briefing on Hot Stamping

Yes, heat makes the material malleable. But it’s what happens in the die that matters
#Ford #Volkswagen

Materials & Lightweighting

Tesla Inks 5-Year Lithium Deal with Chinese Supplier

Materials strategy mimics multi-sourcing battery plans
#Tesla

Plastics

GM Adds Some Vroom to 3D Printing

Cadillac sports sedans to use additive manufacturing for functional and appearance parts
#Cadillac #tech

Assembly

Increasing Use of Structural Adhesives in Automotive

Can you glue a car together? Frank Billotto of DuPont Transportation & Industrial discusses the major role structural adhesives can play in vehicle assembly.
#Polestar #DuPont

Mobility

Hyundai’s Innovative Approach for Innovative Developments

Accelerator program is looking for the expected—and the unexpected
#tech #Hyundai

Batteries

Face Milling Aluminum Without Burrs

Sandvik has developed a face milling approach that is analogous to rotary broaching

Materials & Lightweighting

2020 Land Rover Defender 110 SE

Yes, it can manage the hills and dales and rocks and rills. And it simply looks great.
#Land Rover #chassis

Materials & Lightweighting

Why Materials Matter—To People

Porsche and Ford are among OEMs addressing how materials are acquired
#sustainability #Porsche #Ford

Electronics

2020 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line

The Volkswagen sedan that people don’t seem to know about—but ought to
#Suzuki #Volkswagen