The automotive industry is constantly challenged at the design and manufacturing stages with providing the newest and most advanced technology for the customer. Integrating it seamlessly into everyday vehicle manufacture taking into account aspects such as environmental and safety legislation, customer comfort and cost-effectiveness. "Total Vehicle Technology - Challenging Current Thinking" provides an opportunity for the presentation of the engineering and design tasks involved in the production of a vehicle. The underlying theme of the contributions is the integration of technologies in vehicle and automotive engineering. The subtitle, "Challenging Current Thinking", stems from the thrust and diversity of the papers presented here, combined with the realization among some major players and commentators that current engineering, design and business strategies are just not going to work within the projected automotive industry environment. Contributions on subjects as diverse as next-generation styling to emissions control, cover such topics as: safety systems; transport and energy use; analysis and calculation; simulation and testing; modelling; and production. "Total Vehicle Technology - Challenging Current Thinking" is valuable reading for all those wishing to be well informed about the way in which the automotive industry innovates and improves vehicle technology in response to market demands
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