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Electric and Hybrid Vehicles: Power Sources, Models, Sustainability, Infrastructure and the Market reviews the performance, cost, safety, and sustainability of battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), including nickel-metal hydride batteries and Li-ion batteries. Throughout this book, especially in the first chapters, alternative vehicles with different power trains are compared in terms of lifetime cost, fuel consumption, and environmental impact. The emissions of greenhouse gases are particularly dealt with. The improvement of the battery, or fuel cell, performance and governmental incentives will play a fundamental role in determining how far and how substantial alternative vehicles will penetrate into the market. An adequate recharging infrastructure is of paramount importance for the diffusion of vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells, as it may contribute to overcome the so-called range anxiety."" Thus, proposed battery charging techniques are summarized and hydrogen refueling stations are described. The final chapter reviews the state of the art of the current models of hybrid and electric vehicles along with the powertrain solutions adopted by the major automakers.
Having constructed a factory at Pym's Lane in Crewe in 1938 in which to build its aero engines, Rolls-Royce immediately became synonymous with the Cheshire town. It was there that Merlin and Griffon engines, destined for aeroplanes as famous as the Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster were assembled in their thousands.
After WW2, Crewe became the home of Rolls-Royce Motors, which included Bentley as the production of these fine vehicles had been transferred from Derby.
Superb quality and attention to detail are the hallmarks of these globally celebrated cars. This book not only details the five generations of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys built at Crewe, including the Silver Cloud and Silver Shadow, but also chronicles the company history, and the affair which led to the two marques being separated in 2003 when Rolls-Royce was acquired by BMW and moved to Goodwood, and Bentley, remaining at Crewe, was sold to Volkswagen.
Advances in vehicle maintenance have led to significant advances in its engineering applications in the past few decades. The advent of automation and electronics in automobiles has led vehicle maintenance and garage practice to emerge as a new discipline in automobile engineering. This book examines the underlying principles and best practices in diagnostic procedures, services, repairs and overhauling of vehicles. Key techniques and methods are described with the help of diagrams and images to make the book user-friendly and informative, enabling students to easily understand concepts. The text not only provides theoretical information, but also includes practical knowledge on vehicle maintenance and repair, emphasising the role and function of service stations. The book deals with both conventional and non-conventional methods of repairing and overhauling. Primarily designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students of automobile and mechanical engineering, the book is also useful for students studying for a diploma in automobile engineering. With its step-by-step explanation of repair procedures it can also be used as an automobile repair guide by vehicle owners.
One of the most significant developments in China's industrialisation is the growth of China's automotive industry, which is a catalyst for many other linked sectors of its economy. China's focus on its auto industry and the supporting infrastructure and development patterns could have significant implications for global auto manufacturing and trade. This book discusses issues and implications of China's auto sector's development and policies; provides an overview and issues of the United States-Chinese motor vehicle trade; provides trends in United States vehicle exports; and discusses the current state of the United States automotive parts market.
The motor vehicle industry is one of the world's largest. More than 1 billion vehicles are in use around the world, and 80 million are produced and sold annually. Motor vehicles including passenger cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles such as buses and taxis are the principal means by which people and goods are transported within and between most communities in the world. The motor vehicle industry includes corporations that design, develop, and manufacture cars and trucks. These carmakers, such as Ford and Toyota, are among the world's most-familiar corporate brands. The motor vehicle industry also encompasses less well-known businesses including several thousand parts makers, tens of thousands of retailers, and specialized lending agencies. The importance of the motor vehicle industry transcends even its central role in the global economy. The industry was responsible for many of the fundamental innovations of twentieth-century production, such as corporate organization, manufacturing processes, and labor relations, as well as sales innovations, such as product branding and consumer financing. In the twenty-first century, the motor vehicle industry has been a leader in adopting new production strategies and expanding into new markets. This book will cover the history, operations and manufacturing processes, organization, supply chain, key competitors, market and ultra-market forces, regulation, recent innovations and challenges, and the future of the industry.
How did Billy Durant come to exercise so broad an influence in the emerging auto industry? And why has he been virtually forgotten for decades?In search of answers to these questions, Lawrence Gustin turned to Durant's widow, who provided a wealth of previously unpublished material in the form of autobiographical notes, letters, and Durant's personal papers. In addition, Gustin interviewed Durant's widow, two of his personal secretaries, and others who had known and worked with the man who created General Motors.
Strategic success of industry depends upon manufacturing competencies (i.e., the competitive advantage to ensure better quality and reliability), which will increase sales and create a sound customer base. Competitive priorities are the operating advantages that are assessed, evaluated, and measured within the parameters of cost, quality, time, design, and flexibility. The book explains the manufacturing competencies upon which the strategic success of the automobile industry depends. The impact of manufacturing competency on strategic success is analyzed and modelled using suitable qualitative and quantitative techniques. Key Features Outlines manufacturing competencies in correlation with successful strategic planning for current manufacturing environment Provides methodology or guidelines for linking defined strategic plans with manufacturing competencies Defines strategic success in the context of the automobile industry Analyses and models manufacturing competency impacts using qualitative and quantitative techniques Develops qualitative models with real-time case studies
"Ford at Dagenham" is a fascinating record of car production techniques and processes at Ford as they have evolved over the years. This illustrated history gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into the past and present of Ford's Dagenham factory, famous for producing some of Britain's favourite family cars - the Anglia, Cortina, Consul and Zephyr. A revealing record of the evolution of Ford in Britain, it offers an intimate portrait of the people who have worked at Dagenham and depended on it for their livelihood over the past 70 years. Burgess-Wise tells the story of the fluctuating fortunes of the company and provides a revealing account of the relationship between Dagenham and the American headquarters of Ford at Dearborn. His book is a fascinating record of car production techniques and processes at Ford as they have evolved over the years, and it offers an intimate portrait of the people who have worked at Dagenham, and depended on it for their livelihood, for generations.
Everyone knows that Toyota has had an amazing twenty-five- year
run, rising from a humble Japanese start-up to a thriving global
giant. But "how" did it pass Ford and GM to become the world's
largest auto manufacturer? And how does it continue to thrive while
so many competitors are struggling and failing?
Substantial federal assistance allowed GM and Chrysler to restructure their costs and improve their financial condition. Through federally-funded restructuring, GM and Chrysler reported lowering production costs and capacities by closing or idling factories, laying off employees, and reducing their debt and number of vehicle brands and models. These changes enabled both companies to report operating profits and reduce costs enough to be profitable at much lower sales levels than ever before. Nevertheless, to remain profitable, both companies must manage challenges affecting both their costs, including debt levels, and vehicle demand, such as launching products that are attractive to consumers amid rising fuel prices. This book examines the role of TARP assistance in the restructuring of the U.S. motor vehicle industry with a focus on unwinding the government stake in GMAC and Chrysler.
Auto dealers are quickly learning how to sell vehicles faster and with higher gross profits by improving their online merchandising. Written for owners and GMs, Dennis Galbraith reveals why merchandising is selling. He uncovers the processes, metrics, and management needed to achieve sales success with online vehicle listings.
The impressive and sustained growth of India's automobile industry in recent years has catapulted it into the league of the world's top-seven producers of four-wheelers. In the past decade, its exports have surged more than 25 percent a year on average. The turning point was arguably the 1991 policy of economic liberalization, but the impact of the reforms might have been subdued, if the Government of India had not played a pivotal role in the industry's evolution. This apparent "paradox" may be the key to understanding why the industry has adjusted so quickly to globalization, even though economic reforms began relatively late. This study identifies the main thrusts of policy regimes for the automobile sector since 1947, which began in an overregulation mode in the early period of independence. Nonetheless, the government consciously attempted to create and sustain favorable "innovation systems" at national, regional, and sectoral levels. Especially since 1991, many policy initiatives have benefited the industry and helped it reach the growth path it is following today.
"Steven Rattner shows a journalist's eye for detail . . .
"Overhaul "is a feast of political and financial intrigue."
--"Detroit Free Press"
Inside DMS - Automotive Dealer Management System, is a 360 degree
tour de force of the intricate world of automotive retail and how
that relates to automotive dealer management systems (DMS) today
and especially the future.
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