Almost 50% of nearly 900 automotive engineers surveyed say their companies are concentrating on lightweighting and the use of lightweight structural materials in order to hit 2025 fuel economy targets.
We arrived in Traverse City with the trip computer reporting we averaged 35.2 mpg (6.7 L/100 km), just 0.8 mpg short of the official EPA number, even though the last leg of the trip has some significant hills.
Continental’s AR-HUD concept, due to go into production in 2017, offers adaptive cruise control functions, lane-departure warning and navigational features that encourage drivers to focus on the road ahead and not look down at the center-stack display during critical maneuvers.
Domestic sales fell after the national consumption tax was increased April 1, but the decline was offset by brisk demand in North America and the effects of the weaker yen against the dollar, among other pluses....More
Dennis Williams does not seem convinced complete wage parity will occur, as he talks about “bridging” the gap between the two levels and stresses that the automakers must continue to be successful....More