A massive crowd of at least 150,000 people are attending the International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas to find the latest electronic devices and to be dazzled in high definition. Automakers and suppliers have stepped up participation to stay current with digital innovations.
Although horsepower and torque ratings will not be official for several months, GM says the LT1 small-block V-8 in the Corvette will produce at least 450 hp at 6,000 rpm and 450 lb.-ft. (610 Nm) at 4,000 rpm....More
Adaptive suspension dampers using magnetorheological fluid are several times more expensive than hydraulic units, but a Virginia Tech professor who has studied the fluid extensively sees that gap closing....More
The non-profit International Council for Clean Transportation in Washington compares real-world results posted on a popular German website with official EU figures and finds the gap grew from 8.0% in 2001 to 21% in 2010....More
R&D is the heart of the supplier’s drive to meet future technology demands by auto makers, executives tell analysts. The company already holds more than 6,000 patents but is investing $1.1 billion into projects at its 15 major technical centers....More
Every encouraging economic sign for suppliers in 2011 seemed to be offset by the Europe debt crisis, middling consumer confidence in the U.S. and natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Japan....More
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