What constitutes the auto industry’s ‘secondary market,’ the automotive aftermarket? It’s complex and highly competitive, and encompasses retailing, manufacturing, remanufacturing, distribution and installation. Continue reading “The Automotive Aftermarket: By the Numbers”
Gas guzzlers. The phrase itself sounds antiquated, as are the cars it describes. Now their day has come, at least in China. Continue reading “The China Syndrome: Is the World Ready to Play the Game?”
The wheel may date from as long ago as 3500 BC, with the development of a wheel used in pottery making in Mesopotamia. But the wheel as a transportation device came some 300 years later, after humans met the challenge of fitting a cylinder that could rotate freely, to an axle, a stationary, stable platform, without friction and without falling off. Continue reading “In-Wheel Motors: How to Roll with Direct Drive”
The North American International Auto Show, better known as the Detroit (Michigan, U.S.) Auto Show, is billed as the world’s largest meeting ground for the leading automotive and technology executives, designers and engineers. Continue reading “Motown Becomes Electric: 2018 Detroit Auto Show”
What makes a true champion? Talent, endurance, daring, competitive spirit and consistency may well lead the list.
The undeniably best-in-the-business, where all of these and more come into play, is MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.
Continue reading “Valentino Rossi and MotoGP’s Perfect Wheel”
Cars are made from the inside-out. From the frame and structural elements, and the other parts you can’t see, to the point where the sheet metal components are welded together, and what’s recognizable as a car really takes shape. “Body in white” is that stage before those external elements are painted, before moving parts like doors and hoods, and trim assemblies, like glass and seats, have been made a part of the frame. Continue reading “Body in White, Lightweighting and Mixed Materials”
It’s Europe’s leading trade fair for sports cars, tuning, motorsports, classic cars and more. Continue reading “Get Set for Everything Automotive: The Essen Motor Show”
Road traffic crashes and accidents claim 1.2 million lives and 10 million injuries worldwide every year. More than one third of these numbers apply to pedestrians. Continue reading “Motor Vehicles and Pedestrian Safety”
Science and industry have long seen abundant hydrogen as a clean, green fuel, a promising alternative to fossil fuels to power cars, planes and boats, buildings and almost any portable device that normally uses batteries.