Chrysler Group Signs Letter of Intent With Chery
Last week Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda confirmed that his company had reached an agreement in principle with Chery Sales Co. to distribute Chery-made small vehicles in the NAFTA region, European region, and possibly other global markets. The agreement is subject to the approval of the DaimlerChrysler Supervisory Board and Chinese authorities. Chrysler Group officials say the new vehicles, which will be sold under Chrysler Group brands. The introduction of these new small vehicles represents an important addition to the Chrysler Group's product portfolio. LaSorda said that although historically Chrysler Group has been the most reliant upon trucks, minivans, and sport-utility vehicles, the company is now moving quickly toward smaller vehicles. Since 2004, Tritec 1.6-liter engines have been exported for use in the Chery A15 and Chery Fengyun. Chrysler Group designers will work with Chery on the new small vehicles, which are based on yet-to-be-announced Chery platforms, to create Chrysler Group styling cues. Chery is becoming a world-class automaker, noted LaSorda, and meeting its goal to be the No. 1 Chinese automaker by 2010. Founded in 1997, Chery is China's largest exporter of domestically made vehicles.
New Book on Simulation-Based Lean Six-Sigma And Design For Six-Sigma
Research and Markets has announced the addition of a new book on Simulation-based Lean Six-Sigma and Design for Six-Sigma. The book concentrates on Six Sigma in simulation environments. For example, axiomatic design, design for X, theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ), transfer function and scorecards are powerful methods for creating superior service improvements or designs; that is, to do the right things within a comprehensive quality perspective. This book also brings another class of powerful methods in transaction-based simulation arena such as DOE and Lean Manufacturing into its toolbox. The book addresses Simulation-based Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma and present approaches to applications via several case studies. The book also provides a solid base for the theoretical and practical aspects of Discrete Event Simulation (DES).
LMS International To Acquire IMAGINE
LMS International is in the process of acquiring IMAGINE, a France-based provider of 1-D multiphyics simulation solutions for mechanical and mechatronic systems. Through the acquisition, LMS will extend its portfolio for functional performance simulation and physical testing, delivering a complete set of applications to model, simulate, and test the real-life behavior of mechanical and mechatronic systems. Since its inception in 1986, IMAGINE has provided technology for the mechatronic and control systems simulation markets. Mechatronic system engineering involves electrical and electronic systems for automotive, aerospace, and other mechanical applications. IMAGINE is one of the first companies in this domain to integrate multiple technologies and mathematic routines which not only save time and effort but can also deliver higher quality simulation results.
Ford and Airstream Deliver A Crossover Model Of The Future
In the growing crossover segment, Ford has joined with Airstream to showcase how it could further expand its lineup of expressive crossovers with the Ford Airstream Concept. The concept is powered by a plug-in hydrogen hybrid fuel cell drivetrain -- called HySeries Drive -- that operates under electric power at all times. This advanced fuel cell system is half the weight and cost of today's fuel cells and can operate in the winter. That's a major step forward because today's fuel cells don't do well below freezing. Much like Ford, Airstream began with one man's dream. In 1931, Wally Byam began leveraging aircraft-construction methods to make trailers aimed at feeding Americans' surging desire to travel. Both companies are influenced by economic and demographic trends -- chiefly baby boomers approaching retirement age. The crossover segment is expected to hit 3 million units by the end of the decade, making it potentially the largest U.S. vehicle segment.
Ford Uses BUNKSPEED Solutions For Concept Car Images
BUNKSPEED, a provider of high-end visualization software and services, announced that Ford Motor Co. used BUNKSPEED’s software to create advanced media images for the Ford Interceptor concept vehicle. In a special collaboration between BUNKSPEED, Ford, and international photographer David Burgess, the team created a collection of digital images of Ford’s car, so media could start reporting on the concept even before it was fully built. Ford already uses BUNKSPEED’s visualization software to render data and see how vehicle designs look – and virtually “drive” in naturally illuminated 2D environments while under development in its global design studios. While other software packages allow automakers to use digital data to create vehicle images, most still require teams of people. With BUNKSPEED’s software, the “production team” was reduced to a crew of one – Burgess. The photographer and his assistant shot backgrounds for the car outside of Las Vegas. Using a spherical camera, they captured a 360-degree environment, including full lighting data. Burgess used his digital camera to shoot back plates of the main area he envisioned for the backdrop of the car. Then, Burgess – who had previously never used BUNKSPEED rendering software – merged the concept car’s data file into freshly captured environmental image files in just a few hours.
Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at Email Contact or 408.850.9230.
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