DETROIT – Cutting costs still is the top priority for automotive engineers, but concerns about coping with more stringent emissions regulations, and other issues regarding designability of parts, fuel economy and safety are looming much larger on their radar screens. That’s the word from DuPont Automotive’s eighth annual survey of engineers at the recent SAE Congress and Exposition here. Cost reduction, still No.1 on engineers’ priority lists, dropped 6% compared with 2001 results, ...

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