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Car Body, Interior and Materials
car body interior and materials

Strong, lightweight materials are helping the industry to meet customer and government demands for safety while helping to reduce weight and C02 output. This section provides information on innovation and design for topics such as the automotive cockpit, seating systems, door systems, roof systems, paints and composite materials such as CFRP, glass fiber composites, aluminium, magnesium, advanced high-strength steel, plastics, paints and coatings.

Contributor: Caroline Hartmann
Posted: Wed, 05/16/2018
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Following the interview covering Stahl on Automotive Design Trends of the Future, Automotive IQ once again met with Caroline Hartmann, Fashion Team Designer of Automotive at Stahl, this time to discuss Stahl’s participation in the Rinspeed Snap concept car project. Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Mon, 02/26/2018
digital enterprise
Automotive IQ sat down with experts from Continental Automotive GmbH, co-shift GmbH, Benz + Walter GmbH and talked about the main challenges OEMs and Tier 1s have to face when they decide to become digital and next frontier of digitalization for Automotive. Full Article »
Contributor: Vittorio Bollo
Posted: Mon, 02/19/2018
automotive digital enterprise
New York-based consultancy Oliver Wyman poses a very pertinent question: “You’ve innovated the car, now how about the buying experience?” Any OEM today knows one thing for sure: the selling of automobiles and automotive accessories are not what they used to be – simple, hierarchical and linear. Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Thu, 02/15/2018
autonomous drive
The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather data on the top trends, challenges and investments, when it comes to autonomous drive. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please take some time to reflect on each question addressed, and try to be as precise as possible. Your individual answers will remain confidential and they will be u Full Article »
Contributor: Jenny Hung
Posted: Fri, 12/15/2017
seating
In the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada, a high-tech firm is quietly working on visualization and predictive modeling using virtual and augmented reality technology. Its methods and products are being integrated into Microsoft's HoloLens, which is, in turn, being used to redesign Ford trucks and passenger vehicles . Ford has started equipping its design engineers with Microsoft HoloLens. Outfitted with the holographic goggles, these Detroit denizens can stand in front of clay models of cars and see 3D vehicle elements digitally overlaid onto them, so they can quickly evaluate and alter new car designs. Full Article »
Contributor: Graham Heeps
Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017
seating
Improved comfort, new materials and autonomous technologies will drive innovations in automotive seating. Seating suppliers have had to face cost-down pressures and the commoditization of their product in recent years. And like suppliers in other areas of the vehicle, they’ve responded with cost-saving innovations. Faurecia, for example, which claims to be the world’s number-one supplier of seat frames and mechanisms, developed a new generation of standardized seat frames that are now used in more than 50 different models by Nissan, GM, Volkswagen, and PSA Group. Full Article »
Contributor: Stefan Buri
Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017
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Following the first interview with Stefan Buri, Global Marketing Director Automotive from Stahl, Automotive IQ had a follow-up conversation with Mr. Buri on the updates for Stahl regarding the evolution towards fresh and clean air quality in car interiors. Full Article »
Contributor: Caroline Hartmann
Posted: Wed, 10/11/2017
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Automotive IQ interviewed Caroline Hartmann, Fashion Team Designer Automotive from Stahl, with some insight into the projects taking place at Stahl Design Studio®, current trends moving the automotive industry, and Stahl’s focus on sustainability. Full Article »
Contributor: Michael Costello
Posted: Mon, 07/17/2017
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Recent advances in biotechnology have allowed a new class of polymers to be developed. Made from renewable raw materials, these bio-based aqueous polyurethanes also demonstrate superior film performance to their fossil-fuel based predecessors. Full Article »
Contributor: Mel Micham
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017
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Automotive IQ interviewed Mel Micham, Global Market Manager Automotive Elastomer & Plastic Coatings at Stahl, on elastomer coatings and Stahl’s dedication towards sustainability. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Thu, 05/11/2017
seating
Innovation in the automotive seating market is moving at pace, with new concepts coming to the fore to meet new challenges. Safety and comfort remain priorities for auto manufacturers, but advances in ergonomics and biomechanics have offered designers new possibilities for seat function - aided and abetted by advanced electronics and computing power. Full Article »
Contributor: Saghi Saedlou
Posted: Thu, 04/13/2017
Saghi Saedlou
In the run-up to Automotive IQ's conference on Automotive Corrosion Protection, Aperam's Saghi Saedlou and Dr. Karl-Heinz Stellnberger from voestalpine gave us the opportunity to talk to them about the challenges of the topic and what they will be doing at the conference. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Mon, 03/27/2017
corrrrs
The costs of corrosion protection are not only in terms of rework or scrap costs, but with stringent quality management systems in place, several thousand parts per million could impact on the prospects of being awarded future business. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Tue, 03/21/2017
exteriorlighting
The automotive industry is in a transformational stage in terms of lighting, with several new technologies coming to the fore which offer improved performance, safety and aesthetics. Full Article »
Contributor: Lectra Company
Posted: Wed, 03/01/2017
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Mega-trends like superior comfort and convenience, urban mobility, individualization and autonomous driving shape the industry. Full Article »
Posted: Thu, 02/23/2017
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Since people spend more and more time in their vehicles, car interiors are becoming extremely important in car design. In this technical article Stefan Buri, Global Marketing Director Automotive, discusses Stahl’s next-gen car interior technologies that are used for the creation of the ‘3rd living space of the future’. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 02/23/2017
rear window automotive
Rearview mirrors have been around for more than a hundred years, but few people are aware that the first rearview mirror fitted to a car played a pivotal role in delivering a race win! Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, mostly thanks to him fitting a mirror to his Marmon Wasp while all the other competitors had to drag around a “riding mechanic” to tell them when cars were close behind or coming up alongside them. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 02/08/2017
carparts
Earlier this year NACE International released the International Measures of Prevention, Application and Economics of Corrosion Technology (IMPACT) study. It estimates that the global cost of corrosion is $ 2.5 trillion, roughly 3.4 % of global GDP. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Tue, 12/13/2016
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In Western car-interior design, the center of attention is mostly on the driver, whereas in China, emphasis is placed on the other passengers. So because of this, and other cultural differences, many Western OEMs are choosing to incorporate subtle design changes to better meet the needs of the market in this area. Full Article »
Contributor: Graham Heeps
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016
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Improved comfort, new materials, and autonomous technologies will drive innovations in automotive seating. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Fri, 11/18/2016
LED Headlights
Automotive lighting, both exterior and interior, has seen sweeping changes over the last five to ten years with the introduction of LED and OLED technologies. The flexibility of the tech has created many new design possibilities, enabling functional and aesthetic improvements in a number of different ways. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Mon, 11/14/2016
light
According to a Research and Markets report last year, the global automotive lighting market is set to be worth $33.7 by 2020, registering a CAGR of 6.7% during the years 2015 to 2020. Much of this growth is due to advancing LED and OLED technology, which is pushing the boundaries of traditional automotive lighting concepts. Full Article »
Contributor: Chirag Sheth
Posted: Thu, 11/03/2016
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Chirag Sheth, Global Marketing Manager at Videojet, looks at the vital importance of direct part marking in the automotive industry. Full Article »
Contributor: Michael Costello
Posted: Wed, 10/19/2016
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In Automotive, the importance of a sustainability agenda is paramount. Think of electric cars and vehicles that are more fuel-efficient. With these kinds of innovations the industry is working hard to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars. Full Article »
Contributor: Stefan Buri
Posted: Thu, 09/01/2016
stefanburi
Automotive IQ interviewed Stefan Buri, Global Marketing Director of Automotive from Stahl, on the automotive interior materials of the future. Full Article »
Contributor: Chris Needes
Posted: Tue, 08/02/2016
autocomposites
Fuel price; it’s one of the biggest bug bears for vehicle owners the world over. Even though the current price at the petrol station is one of the lowest consumers have seen in a while, the issue still arises – what makes a car more efficient? Full Article »
Contributor: Chris Needes
Posted: Tue, 07/19/2016
yoke_automotive
Luxury car models, with the high-end marques of major European automotive manufacturers outsells high-volume brands. The luxury brand Audi, for example, outsold its sister brand Skoda by some 40,000 units. This trend is projected to continue, especially in China, where luxury auto sales are quickly catching up with US luxury sales. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Tue, 07/12/2016
autovisuals
Thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal displays have been in use for many years in the automotive world, but they are expected to increase considerably in the coming years if industry estimates are to be believed. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Mon, 06/27/2016
HMI_Automotive
No doubt our forefathers never saw the tiller as one of the first Human Machine Interfaces, so when they ditched this maritime relic for a circular steering wheel it was surely only seen as a technical improvement, not a revolution. Full Article »
Posted: Mon, 06/06/2016
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With ongoing technological innovations in the automotive section such as electric cars, the arrival of the self-driving car is a matter of time. This (r)evolution will undoubtedly bring about major challenges for the automotive industry. Full Article »
Contributor: Frank Moburg
Posted: Wed, 05/25/2016
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Frank Moburg, Senior Automotive Interior Designer at Honda, gave an interview about balance, priorities, principles, and the future. Full Article »
Contributor: Frank Moburg
Posted: Tue, 05/24/2016
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Frank Moburg, Senior Automotive Interior Designer at Honda, gave an interview about balance, priorities, principles, and the future. Full Article »
Contributor: Tom Kowalick
Posted: Wed, 05/18/2016
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The demand for mobility in developing nations—specifically, for personal vehicles—generally increases with economic growth. Because each country varies in its automobile purchases and usage despite having similar gross per capita income, researchers investigated nine other factors, including infrastructure, fuel costs, lack of public transportation, and consumer culture. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Mon, 04/18/2016
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New technologies in the automotive industry are a dime a dozen and like the proverbial kid in a candy store, manufacturers are hard pressed to decide which of these to adopt to trump the competition. Full Article »
Contributor: Karlheinz Blankenbach
Posted: Wed, 03/30/2016
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Automotive IQ interviewed Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach, R&D Manager at Electronic Displays, on the success criterias for automotive display and the most important developments regarding visual technology. Full Article »
Posted: Tue, 03/15/2016
INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 Automotive Lighting Stories
Consortiums formed to push technology, high-end OLED setups winning awards, and a reported market growth at a CAGR of 9.3% between 2016-2022... A lot is happening in the automotive lighting space as we break into the Year of the Monkey. We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the most relevant news stories of the past few months - in an interactive format! Full Article »
Contributor: Saint-Gobain ABI PR
Posted: Mon, 03/07/2016
Sitting up for Consumer Comfort
In markets, such as the US and Europe, car ownership is declining in favour of mobility-on-demand services, such as City Car Club. Such services are growing so popular, in fact, that the European car sharing fleet is on track to reach 100,000 cars by 2020 , a ten-fold increase since 2009. With this vehicle sharing in mind, the quality of the mechanisms used for seat adjustment is becoming more and more important to accommodate various drivers’ needs and individual preferences. Full Article »
Posted: Wed, 03/02/2016
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Automotive IQ focuses on providing automotive industry professionals with a central resource for knowledge, trends and developments. Advertising with Automotive IQ helps your company to deliver its message directly to the target audience. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Wed, 02/10/2016
NHTSA Automakers
In America alone, more than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in nearly 900 campaigns, another record, according to NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind. Full Article »
Contributor: Jýrgen Schramm
Posted: Wed, 02/03/2016
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Automotive IQ interviewed Jürgen Schramm, Head of Product Management at ThyssenKrupp, on lightweight materials and the TriBond steel material. Full Article »
Contributor: Thomas Gloss
Posted: Wed, 02/03/2016
Thomas Gloss
In the lead-up to the upcoming Intelligent Automotive Lighting Conference 2016 we are pleased to introduce our speaker Mr. Tomas Gloss, R&D Signal Lighting Team Leader at Varroc Lighting Systems in the Czech Republic. Mr. Gloss will be presenting the advantages, challenges and motivation for different optical concepts with OLED lighting. Full Article »
Contributor: Rodolphe Anquetil
Posted: Wed, 11/25/2015
Rodolphe Anquetil
Automotive IQ interviewed Rodolphe Anquetil, Head of the Anticorrosion Department at PSA Peugeot Citroën, who will be speaking at IQPC’s Automotive Corrosion Protection Conference in February, 2016. We had a chance to get some insight into the anticorrosion innovations and new tech used in Peugeot Citroën. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Tue, 11/24/2015
Automotive Seating Structures Innovation Report 2015
The automotive seating sector is a hotbed of innovation, with seemingly unlimited ways to improve and develop. The main driving factor as always is the desire to reduce weight, but unlike certain other areas of manufacturing where weight reduction is the only driving force, in seating there are many other factors to consider. These of course, include aesthetics, comfort, space-saving and functionality, but with new technologies coming to the fore, other considerations such as heat control, driver monitoring systems and self-healing/stain resistant fabrics are also very much on the agenda. Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Tue, 11/10/2015
Lighting trends in the spotlight: From MULTIBEAM LED to HUD Technology
At the eleventh International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL 2015), Audi presenters offered the world a glimpse of lighting technologies that may soon appear in production cars. At the congress held in Darmstadt Audi guest speakers discussed recent trends and developments in automotive lighting technology as well as unveiling a state-of-the-art Audi E-tron Quattro concept car with the latest Matrix OLED technology. Full Article »
Contributor: David Vink
Posted: Tue, 11/03/2015
Lightweight construction with multi-material solutions
Plastics-based multi-material solutions include injection overmoulding thermoplastic functional features onto compression moulded natural fibre reinforced plastic composites, illustrated by the OSI organic sheet injection process developed by machinery producer Frimo. For the Lexus GS car, Toyota Boshoku moulds door panels by SBI simultaneous back injection process, also at Toyota Boshoku Automotive Poland for BMW 4?series cars. Full Article »
Contributor: Saint-Gobain ABI PR
Posted: Mon, 10/19/2015
New range of composite PFTE bearings surpass OEM needs for corrosion protection while maintaining load-bearing and light weight standards for automobiles. Full Article »
Contributor: David Vink
Posted: Wed, 09/30/2015
Can automakers use composite technologies with recycled carbon fibres?
Falling carbon fibre prices has encouraged carbon fibre use in the automotive industry in lower price segment vehicles with consequences for recycling, manufacturing and automation. Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Sun, 07/26/2015
6 Challenges for Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry
What are the key areas for 3D printing where the most research and investment is required to help kick-start the large scale end-production use of additive manufacturing? Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Thu, 07/09/2015
Are additive manufacturing and Formula 1 a match made in racing heaven?
Is the future already here for additive manufacturing in Formula 1? More recently Teams have exploited the additive technology for real race car applications. Full Article »
Contributor: Olaf Biedermann
Posted: Tue, 06/23/2015
Additive manufacturing technologies, offering series of solutions such as maximum design freedom, lightweight components, individualized production and tooling free manufacturing. Full Article »
Contributor: Kevin Lindsay
Posted: Tue, 06/02/2015
Interview with Dr. Kevin Lindsay, Technical Director at FAR-UK, about carbon fibre composite vehicle frames and how to achieve crash performance and structural efficiency. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2015
Visible natural fibres for automotive interior
Designers have refocused on interiors moving into the 21st century: improving haptics, damping road and engine noise and creating greater visual harmony inside the cabin. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Mon, 05/18/2015
Integrating Additive Manufacturing into Production Processes
Additive Manufacturing has great potential for both the Aerospace and Automotive industries. Significant advances in 3D printing technology over the last decade have offered the potential to transform the way in which products are designed, developed and manufactured. Full Article »
Contributor: Craig Brice
Posted: Fri, 05/08/2015
NASA engineers push the limits of technology by designing rocket engines and aero-space components that take advantage of additive manufacturing. Full Article »
Contributor: Roland Seidel
Posted: Tue, 05/05/2015
Interview with Dr. Roland Seidel, Management Consultant and Partner at pareto managementpartner, Braunschweig. In addition he works as Project Manager at the Forging Initiative (Initiative Massiver Leichtbau – Kooperation des Stahlinstituts VDEh und des Industrieverbands Massivumformung e.V."). Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Tue, 03/17/2015
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The Geneva Motor Show this month brought a range of new vehicles and new technology across all segments, but as ever, it was the supercars that stole the show. Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Mon, 02/23/2015
Lightweight Automotive Seating Structures
It’s essential for OEM’s and seat manufacturers to view the production process holistically, as various other factors come into play when taking steps to reduce weight. Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Mon, 12/15/2014
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Since the development of LED lights for use in the automotive sector, we have seen a raft of innovations in both interior and exterior lighting. The design constraints of traditional headlights have been thrown off, and OEM’s are quickly embracing the new possibilities that LED’s provide.

Not only have LED’s enabled manufac Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 12/04/2014
Modern Materials unlock the Potential of Downsized Engines

At powered partial load conditions the ring pack contributes up to 25 % of the total mechanical engine friction loss, which could correspond to 4 % of fuel consumption. Therefore the challenge lies not only in reducing frictional power loss but also in mastering the thermo-mechanical and tribological loads as a result of the smoother cylinder bor Full Article »
Contributor: Luca Giannini
Posted: Thu, 11/20/2014
We spoke with Luca Giannini, Project Manager Nanofillers at Pirelli about the drivers and issues for Nanocomposites and what it takes to reach mass production. Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Thu, 07/31/2014
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Market research company IHS Automotive recently released a report indicating that global light vehicle production increased by 25 million units between 2009 and 2013. This is expected to increase by a further 21 million vehicles before 2021.

In an attempt to reduce costs and increase market share, automakers are relocating production facilities Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Els
Posted: Tue, 06/17/2014
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It’s not unusual for fledgling motor manufacturers to indulge in a bit of creative reverse engineering when starting out along the long road to success: Remember Nissan’s evolution from their license agreement to produce the Austin A50? But what happens when groups of individuals, or a company, blatantly "copy" a current design and ma Full Article »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Sun, 09/22/2013
Automotive Industry: Vehicle Recycling and its impact on the environment - Conclusion

Summary of our series on Vehicle Recycling and Its Impact on the Environment


The current EU target for the recovery of materials from end-of-life vehicles will rise
from 85% of weight to 95% of weight in 2015. This change has caused the
automotive and recycling industries to focus on every area of recycling and every
type of material. Eac Full Article »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Wed, 06/19/2013
Automotive Industry: Vehicle Recycling and Its Impact On the Environment - Part 3 of 5

Vehicle Recycling: Plastics

Approximately 100kg or 10% of a standard vehicles weight is made up of plastics.
As well as the typical plastic components found in cars, OEM’s have also been using
fibre-reinforced plastics and composites for more and more applications in recent
years, due to their lightweight properties and recyclability. Full Article »
Contributor: Roger Manser
Posted: Thu, 05/02/2013
Roger Manser

"The financial crisis has affected the steel industry as weak demand
negatively impacted prices for finished products, hurting in particular
those companies that sold largely on spot contracts."

Formally educated as an economist and trained in town planning, Roger Manser worked as a commodities’ journalist for over 30 years. He has wri Full Article »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Sun, 04/14/2013
Rubber: Vehicle Recycling and Its Impact On the Environment - Part 2 of 5

Rubber

One of the waste streams from vehicles is rubber, which can account for
approximately 50kg or 5% of a vehicles overall weight. Much of this waste is
diverted to landfill, with up to 20% of the weight of materials disposed in landfill
from end-of-life vehicles made up of rubber. The reuse and recycling of tyres is
being treated as a Full Article »
Contributor: Jean-Francois Beaudoin
Posted: Tue, 04/02/2013

In preparation for our 2nd International Conference on Automotive Steels, IQ editor Will Hornick spoke with Jean-Francois Beaudoin, USMT Leader and Expert for Metal Flat Products at Renault SAS. Our conversation focused on areas of innovation for steel as well as its competitive ability for the short and medium term as other lightweight materials Full Article »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Mon, 02/11/2013
Automotive Industry: Vehicle Recycling and Its Impact On the Environment - Part 1 of 5

Introduction to our 5 part series on Vehicle Recycling

Each year in Europe end-of-life vehicles create 8-9 tonnes of waste which must be
dealt with effectively. The EU’s end-of-life vehicles directive requires that at least
85% of the materials by weight are reused or recovered; this includes 5% energy
recovery. By 2015 this target wi Full Article »
Contributor: Peter Drage
Posted: Mon, 02/04/2013
Peter Drage

Peter Drage of QPunkt GmbH, recently spoke with Automotive IQ at our International Forum: Future Automotive Aerodynamics. Among other topics, the subject of aerodynamic influence during passing manoeuvres came up as something currently being addressed in regard to vehicle shape to help mitigate this interference.

Read the whole interview by fo Full Article »
Contributor: Will Hornick
Posted: Sat, 02/02/2013
A Paint's Name Represents More Than Its Color

Recently, one of my colleagues here at Automotive IQ laughed about the rather extravagant name used by the official dealer literature to describe the color of my car – Nautic Blue Pearl. In fact, dark blue probably would have sufficed. This exchange caused me to do a bit of research on naming conventions used by car companies for their col Full Article »
Contributor: Kentaro Zens
Posted: Sat, 02/02/2013
Kentaro Zens

Automotive IQ spoke with Dr. Kentaro Zens at the 1st International Aerodynamics Forum in Berlin, Germany.

View the PDF Interview with Dr. Zens


Thanks for being with us today. What are some of the upcoming challenges in aero acoustics, for example, that you find for the next few years?

Kentaro Zens: Especially in aero acoustics since the Full Article »
Contributor: Simone Sebben
Posted: Fri, 01/18/2013
Simone Sebben

Dr. Simone Sebben, Senior CFD Engineer at Volvo Cars, chatted with Automotive IQ at our recent conference on Future Automotive Aerodynamics. One of the main topics discussed revolved around the balance that car manufacturers need to find between styling and function with regard to aerodynamics.

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Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Sat, 01/05/2013
Automotive Manufacturing Resource Center

Automotive Manufacturing Conferences

Automotive IQ hosts over 40 international conferences each year focused on highly relevant topics for the auto industry. A number of our conferences deal specifically with manufacturing within a variety of topic areas. It is paramount that our conferences help you network and create lasting business relatio Full Article »
Contributor: Automotive IQ
Posted: Sun, 12/23/2012
Automotive Technology Resource Center

Automotive Technology Resource Library
Our automotive technology resource center serves as a hub for all of our related conferences forums and social media outreach as well as articles, expert interviews, whitepapers and presentations focused on the automotive industry. Content is organized into topic categories for ease of navigation and to giv Full Article »
Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Thu, 12/20/2012
The Use of Sustainable Materials in the Car Interior

This article details how Nissan, Ford and BMW are creating vehicle interiors with sustainability in mind. The two former manufacturers are focusing on the use of recycled materials while BMW is showcasing a number of natural materials being used with a focus on minimizing C02 production.

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Contributor: Colin Pawsey
Posted: Thu, 11/29/2012
Developing Lightweight Automotive Engines

Engines and their components need to be strong enough to withstand the power and withstand the heat they produce. At the same time, manufacturers face the challenge of stronger emissions regulations and consumers who demand more environmentally friendly vehicles without compromising performance. Innovative, lightweight materials in engines are h Full Article »
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Manufacturers of test equipment for automotive head-up displays (HUDs) have partnered with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Committee to define standard measurement criteria to assess HUD quality. The new standard (SAE J1757-2 “Optical Metrology for Automotive HUD”) will outline optical measurement geometries and requirements for determining HUD performance using light measurement systems. Although no single system is specified, there are several differentiating features among SAE-compliant systems that greatly reduce HUD evaluation time, enabling automated production-level measurement, ensuring compliance, and limiting cost and time to market.

In this webinar, Radiant Vision Systems’ automotive business leader Matt Scholz presents four key system features that offer the greatest technical advantages for SAE standard HUD measurement. Topics include:

Upcoming SAE J1757-2 standard and requirements
Key HUD measurement challenges
Camera features that ensure the fastest measurement setup
Software features that enable automated testing for production
An audience Q&A with the presenter follows the presentation. Full Article »