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In this Issue - March 2017

The March 2017 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

COVER STORY:

Audio engineers reveal the lengths they go to to ensure that today's premium stereo systems hit all the right notes

 

KEY TESTS FOR 2017:

Experts share details on the most important tests you should incorporate into your vehicle development programs this year

 

CLIMATIC TESTING:

The ability to bring a variety of extreme conditions to test engineers rather than vice versa is proving to be indispensable in shortening vehicle development times and reducing costs

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In this Issue - November 2016

The November 2016 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

NEW DISCOVERY : Massive weight savings and an innovative seating development were major breakthroughs during testing of Land Rover’s fifth-generation off-road SUV

 

OEM INTERVIEW : Graham Hoare, Ford's global vehicle evaluation and verification director, discusses how he’s evolving the Blue Oval's testing processes to cope with new disruptive technologies

 

ATTI AWARDS 2016 : As another exciting year in vehicle development draws to a close, the time has arrived to reveal the winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2016!

 

AUTOMOTIVE TESTING EXPO KOREA 2017 : Your guide to the technology debuts expected at next year’s show, which takes place on March 6-8, 2017, at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) in Seoul

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In this Issue - September 2016

The September 2016 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

 

ASTON MARTIN DB11: Testing of the first vehicle launched under the British OEM’s Second Century plan had to factor in a new aluminum bonded platform and its first turbocharged engine

 

OEM INTERVIEW: Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader for the new Honda NSX, discusses how the lessons and philosophies learned on the project will influence future vehicle programs

 

CRASH AVOIDANCE FACILITY: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has begun a new chapter with an expanded testing facility that will enable it to evaluate the latest crash avoidance technologies year-round

 

AUTOMOTIVE TESTING EXPO NORTH AMERICA PREVIEW: Your comprehensive preview of the technology debuts expected at the Suburban Collection Showplace

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In this Issue - June 2016

The June 2016 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Ensuring the welfare of its test engineers is the highest priority for any OEM, but how much peril are the drivers evaluating new and unproven technologies actually in?

BEST TEST ROADS: Vehicle validation engineers from leading OEMs reveal their favorite real-world surfaces to test and evaluate their latest development prototypes

TORTURE TESTING: Development of Ford’s latest F-Series Super Duty pickup truck included grueling new durability tests that pushed the vehicle to its absolute limits

EXPO PREVIEW: Exhibitors are gearing up to launch more brand-new technologies than ever at Automotive Testing Expo Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, May 31 to June 2. Here’s your comprehensive preview!

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In this Issue - March 2016

The March 2016 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

RECALL CRISIS: Computer modeling and virtual testing was supposed to eliminate recalls. It hasn’t happened yet, so what can be done to buck a rising global trend that shows no sign of abating?

SPY PHOTOGRAPHY: Less than a decade ago, the
spy photographer was the hated sniper of the automotive industry, wreaking havoc on model launch plans around the world. Today, conventional spy photography is almost dead. What happened?

FORD GT: To celebrate 50 years since the GT40 won the Le Mans
24 Hours, Ford is returning in 2016 with a new GT that was developed and tested in a unique three-way partnership

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In this Issue - November 2015

The November 2015 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

TEST CHEAT : In the wake of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, ATTI attempts to uncover just how clean or dirty the automotive industry’s testing practices may or may not be

KIA SPORTAGE : As Kia prepares to launch the all-new Sportage, ATTI flew out to the hottest place on Earth to put QL prototypes through extreme weather testing

THE AUTOMOTIVE TESTING TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL AWARDS : The Automotive Testing Technology International Awards are back to recognize and reward the innovation, technology and hard work of the vehicle development community. Here are the 2015 winners!

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In this Issue - September 2015

The September 2015 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

JAGUAR XF: Sharing an advanced aluminum architecture with the XE and F-Pace meant the second-gen Jaguar XF took six long years to develop. Has the new executive sedan been worth the wait?

FCA TEMPERATURE LABS: At the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles environmental labs in Michigan, USA, climates from across the globe can be accurately replicated, from scorching desert heat to winter snowstorms

TRANSMISSIONS TESTING: An acceleration in computing power is seemingly revolutionizing the virtual development of next-generation transmissions. But could such advances lead to bad engineering decisions?

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In this Issue - June 2015

The June 2015 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

INTERVIEW: OLIVER WIECH Mercedes-AMG's head of development, explains how his company's products are tested to a more extreme level than a regular Mercedes-Benz

 ACURA/HONDA NSX: Honda’s legendary supercar returns in all-new form after a three-year, US-led development program that featured extensive track testing

DRIVERLESS CARS: Test processes more familiar to software developers than automotive engineers are required, according to experts speaking at the upcoming Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium

EXPO PREVIEW: Exhibitor news and Forum speaker interviews ahead of the event at Messe Stuttgart, Germany, on June 24-26

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In this Issue - March 2015

The March 2015 issue is now available online! Full of news, interviews and features, including:

BLOODHOUND: The Bloodhound project’s plan to break the 1,000mph barrier on land has pushed its all-CFD aero testing program to new levels of understanding

SEAT TESTING: A special focus on seat testing including how Johnson Controls is undertaking an ambitious project to align the validation programs at its five test centers worldwide

CONNECTIVITY: The challenges for the connected automotive world are increasing rapidly, beginning with the integration of mobile devices. How are test and development teams dealing with ever-moving goalposts?

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In this Issue - November 2014

The November 2014 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

JAGUAR XE : The all-new sedan is engineered to the highest durability standards ever achieved on a Jaguar program. It’s also claimed to be the most aerodynamic Jaguar ever produced – entirely the result of CFD

AWARDS 2014 : The Automotive Testing Technology International Awards are back again, to recognize and reward the innovation, technology and hard work of the vehicle development community.
Here are the 2014 winners!

ASTAZERO : AstaZero has opened its doors in Sweden – the world’s first proving ground dedicated solely to active safety technologies

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In this Issue - September 2014

The September 2014 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

HYUNDAI-KIA: The scorching California Proving Ground has been upgraded again, reflecting its importance to the two brands’ North American sales success

BRAKE TESTING: GM has installed a complex new brake test laboratory at the Milford Proving Ground aimed at eliminating brake noise in all weathers

EXTREME VEHICLES: Passenger car testing is one thing, but developing 'extreme' vehicles on a much larger scale brings a whole new set of challenges for engineers

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In this Issue - June 2014

The June 2014 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

BMW i8: The i8 is one of BMW’s most important vehicles ever. Its engineers have put everything into the plug-in electric-hybrid sports car, and development won’t stop when deliveries start

DR HEINZ-JAKOB NEUSSER: Volkswagen’s board member for development explains how a modular approach is reining in the cost of electric powertrain development

EXPO PREVIEW: Exhibitor news and Forum speaker interviews ahead of the event at Messe Stuttgart, Germany, on June 24-26

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In this Issue - March 2014

The March 2014 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

FORD F-150: How Ford proved that aluminum was tough enough for its best-selling pickup, PLUS an exclusive tour of the Dearborn crash test center

HERBERT DIESS, BMW: BMW's head of development explains how additional engineers and external partnerships are helping to meet the demands on test and development

EMISSIONS: Experts reveal what drives emissions testing today and explore a future that's likely to be even more challenging for OEMs and equipment suppliers

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In this Issue - November 2013

The November 2013 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

918 SPYDER: Sub-seven minutes around the Nordschleife and 94mpg on the combined cycle: Porsche's latest, 875bhp creation is a car like no other, and had a test program to match

AWARDS 2013: It's time to recognize and reward the innovation, technology and hard work of the vehicle development community. Here are the winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2013

IAN MINARDS: With Aston Martin in its centenary year, director of product development Ian Minards reveals how developments are kept short and efficient, and tap in to the best the industry has to offer

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In this Issue - September 2013

The September 2013 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

JEEP CHEROKEE: Following a rigorous testing program, Chrysler has reintroduced the Cherokee to Jeep's line-up with a host of new safety and vehicle dynamics features

MICHIGAN FOCUS: Feature articles from the home of Automotive Testing Expo North America, including Ford's new robot drivers for durability testing at its Michigan Proving Ground

EXTREME VEHICLES: Passenger car testing is one thing, but developing 'extreme' vehicles on a much larger scale brings a whole new set of challenges for engineers

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In this Issue - June 2013

The June 2013 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

McLAREN P1: Extensive use of a driving simulator, a new powertrain test rig and a new fatigue analysis procedure were central to the development of McLaren's new hypercar

ADAS DEVELOPMENT: OEMs are increasingly fitting driver assistance systems to their cars. As a result, test procedures in this emerging field are evolving to ensure complete reliability when it is needed most

EXPO PREVIEW: All the news ahead of Automotive Testing Expo Europe (4-6 June, Messe Stuttgart) plus a look at the Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart

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In this Issue - March 2013

The March 2013 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

CORVETTE STINGRAY: Very little of the previous 'Vette was carried over into the seventh-generation of this American sports car legend. Everything new was tested as never before

INTERVIEW: ROLF FRECH, BENTLEY: Bentley's board member for engineering, Rolf Frech, is bringing to bear his SUV experience from Porsche in the development of the company's latest model

NVH: As NVH engineers get to grips with modeling human perception, we look at the importance of psychoacoustics within automotive sound design

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In this Issue - November 2012

The November 2012 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

EMC TESTING: It is harder than ever to test every possible electromagnetic compatibility scenario, so research at Clemson University aims to reduce development times and improve results through the use of modeling

OPEL/VAUXHALL ADAM: Keen to exploit the growing niche for premium small cars, GM Europe has developed the Adam in double-quick time to take on competitors like the Fiat 500

AWARD WINNERS: Time once again to reward the innovative thinking and hard work of the vehicle development community! We reveal the winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2012

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In this Issue - September 2012

The September 2012 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

INFOTAINMENT: No longer a standalone system, connecting infotainment with other vehicle systems and consumer electronic devices is making testing more challenging

SIMULATORS: Driver interactions are key to human-and-hardware-in-the-loop (H2IL) simulation

MEASUREMENT: As the third-generation Audi A3 becomes the first car to launch the modular MQB platform, we visit Ingolstadt to see how Audi's push for tighter tolerances and panel gaps affects vehicle development

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In this Issue - June 2012

The June 2012 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

MERCEDES-BENZ SL: Finally, the Mercedes-Benz SL matches its name tag. Shaving more than 125kg off compared with the previous generation, the R231 really is worthy of the Super Light moniker.

IN FOCUS: KOREA: South Korea's unique test standards have served as a major trade barrier against vehicle imports. Now the second major treaty in as many years - the KORUS free trade agreement with the USA - promises to consign such measures to the history books.

INTERVIEW: DR MATTHIAS RABE: As executive vice-president for R&D at SEAT, Dr Rabe has a clear vision on what the company needs to do to be successful again on a global basis.

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In this Issue - March 2012

 The March 2012 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

FORD ECO SPORT: The all-new EcoSport will be the driver for Ford’s growth in India – and beyond

ENGINE AND EMISSIONS: Three companies reveal how they are preparing OEMs for the Euro 6 standards that come into force in 2014

CRASH TESTING: How Transport Canada’s claims that its new crash test facility in Blainville is the most accurate and reliable in the world could indeed be justified

 

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In this Issue - November/December 2011

The November/December 2011 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

BOB LUTZ: Automotive legend Bob Lutz wasn’t short of opinions when we visited him to discuss how testing has evolved and changed, and how change needs to continue

PORSCHE 911: The third reincarnation of Porsche’s iconic 911 weighs less than its predecessors and introduces an innovative electromechanical steering system. But will it satisfy the purists?

CHELSEA PROVING GROUNDS: Chrysler’s proving ground in Chelsea, Michigan, offers dream facilities for test engineers. Automotive Testing Technology takes a look behind the scenes

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In this Issue - September 2011

The September 2011 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

OFF-ROAD TESTING: Can Land Rover create the world’s most complete off-roaders by turning nature into numbers?

JAGUAR INTERVIEW: As Toyota's senior vice president for R&D in Europe, the plain-speaking Masato Katsumata plans to overcome recent troubles and ensure the company’s future is as bright as its history

LAB OF LUXURY: For Lamborghini, performance and luxury is nothing without quality. Automotive Testing Technology visited the company’s Sant’Agata HQ to see its QC measures and talk to the main people behind them

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In this Issue - May 2011

The May 2011 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

INTERIOR DURABILITY: Consumers are demanding increasing levels of quality, refinement and finish in today’s automotive interiors, with even a supermini requiring a standard previously reserved for the executive sector. The technology sector has responded in many ways to help OEMs meet these demands through intensive test and validation

TOYOTA GOES BACK TO BASICS: As Toyota's senior vice president for R&D in Europe, the plain-speaking Masato Katsumata plans to overcome recent troubles and ensure the company’s future is as bright as its history

AUTOMOTIVE TESTING EXPO EUROPE 2011: Event: Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2011
Venue: Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Date: May 17-19, 2011

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In this Issue - March 2011

The March 2011 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

FRESH AIR: The latest thinking in aerodynamics, including large volume airflow visualization, synthetic jets and… helium bubbles

POWER HOUSE: Automotive Testing Technology International pays a visit to Audi’s electric and hybrid vehicle development laboratories

LEADING LIGHT? Gordon Murray has a clear vision of the future, one in which cars will be lightweight and affordable, and more fun to drive. He also has a couple of tricks up his sleeve…

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In this Issue - November / December 2010

The November / December 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

AWARDS ISSUE! : The winners of the Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2010 are announced

SPORT THERAPY: When Toyota pulled out of F1, its money-no-object test facility was put in jeopardy. In a bid for survival, it has now opened its doors to road car customers

WHEN IN ROMEO? Mike Stoeckle, facility manager of Michigan Proving Ground, reveals how excess capacity means that when in Romeo, you can do as Ford does

 

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In this Issue - September 2010

The September 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

BMW Environmental Test Center - BMW's state-of the-art ETC is expected to dramatically cut the cost and environmental impact incurred by location testing

Victor Muller - As David buys Goliath, the future success of Saab lies in engineering, according to chairman Victor Muller

Viper Chassis Facility - The VIPER chassis test facility in Virginia is using its academic connections to keep its equipment and procedures at the cutting edge

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In this Issue - June 2010

The June 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

Cover Story: McLaren MP4-12C - A new company and a new car. Can the newcomer live up to its hype and heritage?

Audi Quality Assurance Center - Audi has long been riding high in the quality stakes. Visit the extensive test facilities that make this possible

Total recall - Remember this advice and you can
avoid having a headline-hitting recall

Porsche Cayenne S hybrid - Join us on an electrifying test program in South Africa

Automotive Testing Expo Europe - Your guide to Europe’s foremost automotive testing event

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March 2010 - In this Issue

The March 2010 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY: Wind tunnels - Impressive advances are taking place at wind tunnel facilities around the world

Simulation - Steve Kozak from Ford’s Numerically Intensive Computing Center and industry veteran Hans-Hermann Braess explain the virtual world

Audi A8 - Audi’s flagship model has evolved to become a benchmark in comfort

Proving grounds in 2020 - What will proving grounds look like in a decade? The experts gaze into the future

Automotive Testing Expo India - The inaugural event showed that India’s automotive development industry is going from strength to strength

Automotive Testing Technology International Awards - The winners give their reactions

 

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November 2009 - In this Issue

The November 2009 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:

COVER STORY: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG It may look retro, but the SLS is a technological tour de force. It is also AMG’s first independently developed model

Bentley Mulsanne - The Arnage was looking rather long in the tooth compared with R-R’s Phantom. Could the Mulsanne bring Bentley back to the fore?

Automotive Testing Technology International Awards 2009 - Who won the most coveted vehicle development awards of 2009? Find out here

Automotive Testing Expo North America 2009 - This year’s event showed that the North American automotive development industry is going from strength to strength

Automotive Testing Expo India 2010 - Just a few highlights to expect at India’s soon-to-be-favorite automotive show in February 2010

Proving grounds - Keith Read brings you the latest proving ground news from around the world

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In this Issue - June 2009

The June 2009 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:
 

COVER STORY: Porsche Panamera - The development story of this year’s most eagerly awaited four-door coupe

 
WHATS NEW: Mahindra Scorpio - A new test program was needed to ensure Mahindra’s latest SUV will be ready for the US and European markets
 

WHATS NEW: Proving Grounds - Keith Read brings you the latest proving ground news from around the world
 

WHATS NEW: Exhibitor in focus - Dr Bernhard Sünder, managing director
of AMS, discusses jBEAM technology

 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Supplier focus: MOOG - Human and hardware in the loop testing
(H2IL) can reduce research and development time, as well as budgets

 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Driverless Testing - Keith Read investigates how the more monotonous or dangerous elements of test programs can be entrusted to robots
 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Lommel proving ground - Take a flying lap of Ford Europe’s vehicle dynamics playground in Belgium
 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Special focus: Testing in India - Nick Kurczewski travels to India to investigate how its test programs compare with those of western counterparts, and indulges in a little test driving of his own
 

INTERVIEW: Dr Klaus Draeger - BMW’s head of vehicle development reveals
how he is creating more models and new niches with fewer resources

 

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2009 - A preview of just a few highlights of Europe’s favorite vehicle development event

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In this Issue - March 2009

The March 2009 issue is now available online! Packed full of news, interviews and features, including:
 

COVER STORY: Fisker - Director of engineering Thomas Fritz discusses how Fisker is developing a range of luxury HEVs that are as stylish and powerful as they are clean
 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Advanced powertrain testing Keith Read investigates the latest development technologies and techniques for the next generation of powertrains
 

SITE VISIT: Toyota USA - Take a tour of Toyota’s first engineering, design and safety test facility outside of Japan
 

INTERVIEW: Volvo’s wind tunnel - Tim Walker, Volvo’s aerodynamics guru, shows off the company’s innovative moving-ground wind tunnel
 

INTERVIEW: Paul Mascarenas - Jim McCraw talks to Ford’s global VP of vehicle development about his plans to make test programs more efficient
 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Automotive Testing Technology International Awards - The proud winners give their reactions


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