This book is about how to develop future automotive products by applying the latest methodologies based on a systems engineering approach and by taking into account many issues facing the auto industry such as meeting government safety, emissions and fuel economy regulations, incorporating advances in new technology applications in structural materials, power trains, vehicle lighting systems, displays and telematics, and satisfying the very demanding customer.

It is financially disastrous for any automotive company to create a vehicle that very few people want. To design an automotive product that will be successful in the marketplace requires carefully orchestrated teamwork of experts from many disciplines, substantial amount of resources, and application of proven techniques at the right time during the product development process.

Automotive Product Development: A Systems Engineering Implementation is intended for company management personnel and graduate students in engineering, business management and other disciplines associated with the development of automotive and other complex products.

part I|1 pages

Automotive Product Development Process

chapter 4|17 pages

Role of Benchmarking and Target Setting

chapter 10|12 pages

Development of Vehicle Concepts

chapter 11|17 pages

Selecting a Vehicle Concept

chapter 12|26 pages

Managing Vehicle Development Programs

chapter 13|8 pages

Computer-Aided Technologies

chapter 14|16 pages

Vehicle Validation

part II|1 pages

Tools Used in the Automotive Design Process

chapter 17|30 pages

Decision-Making Tools

chapter 18|28 pages

Product Planning Tools

chapter 19|30 pages

Financial Analysis in Automotive Programs

chapter 20|49 pages

Vehicle Package Engineering Tools

chapter 21|28 pages

Vehicle Evaluation Methods

part III|1 pages

Applications of Tools: Examples and Illustrations

chapter 22|25 pages

Evaluation Studies

chapter 23|17 pages

Developing a Passenger CarA Case Study

chapter 24|17 pages

Developing a Pickup TruckA Case Study