Ricardo Quarterly Q2 2004

Ricardo Quarterly Q2 2004

INDUSTRY UPDATE

Hybrid wins Engine of the Year; California proposes tighter CO2 emissions; Harbour Report on US manufacturing productivity; more capacity in China

NEWS FROM RICARDO

Ricardo opens new e-Store for information; 2004 Diesel Report highlights new markets for diesels; pneumatic variable valve timing simulation; Expert Briefings bring high-level information direct to company executives

FEATURES

Hot stuff

With its in-house resources fully stretched developing seven mainstream Mégane versions at the same time, Renault gave Ricardo complete responsibility for its high performance Renaultsport Mégane 225. Tony Lewin reports on an innovative and exciting programme

Torque vectoring

Controlling torque distribution to individual wheels can provide valuable safety benefits – especially for the stability of SUVs. Jesse Crosse reports on Ricardo’s key breakthrough in this promising new field Heavy duty emissions in the US 18 Ricardo has been working with the US Environmental Protection Agency to show that clean diesels complying with 2010 regulations can achieve the 435,000-mile durability requirements too

Driving costs down

The US auto industry is under unprecedented pressure to improve its margins. A new Integrated Cost Reduction framework combines the best thinking from all stakeholders to deliver mutually agreed savings, says Andy Chien of Ricardo Strategic Consulting’s North American Practice

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Bernd Bohr, Bosch 6

The head of automotive business at Europe’s largest supplier talks to Edmund Chew of Automotive News Europe Larry Burns, General Motors 22 Fuel cells and hydrogen are the key to the future, GM’s energetic evangelist tells Jesse Crosse – the challenge is now to bring the cost down

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