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The Automotive News Europe Car Cutaways supplement provides a peek underneath the skin of Europe’s hottest new vehicles to showcase the contributions of hundreds of suppliers. To download the supplement, click here.
Why are gear changes more fluid during cornering in the new Alfa Romeo 4C roadster? The main reason is the electronic control unit and electro-hydraulic actuators provided by Italian supplier Magneti Marelli.
How did Nissan reduce the new Qashqai’s drag coefficient to 0.32 from 0.34 compared with the first-generation model?
With help from Roechling Automotive’s active grille shutters, which close off airflow through the radiator at speeds of more than 30kph and open only when sensors detect the engine requires cooling. The German supplier’s technology also helps to reduce CO2 emissions to as low as 99 grams per kilometer from a previous low of 119g/km.
How did Ford make the back seat of its flagship Mondeo sedan safer than ever? By installing inflatable rear seat belts from Key Safety Systems. When sensors detect a collision, the U.S. supplier’s belts deploy within 40 milliseconds providing protection to an area that is five times wider than a standard belt to reduce the risk of injuries.
That is just a small sampling of what comes from suppliers, which account for an estimated 75 percent of the components in today’s vehicles. This special supplement highlights those vital contributions to brands ranging from BMW to Mercedes to Skoda.
Maintaining the strong product-related theme, this supplement for the first time will also feature profiles on the newest models available in Europe. Our Latest Launches cover everything from the Audi TT halo car to the quirky Citroen C4 Cactus to the Lexus NX, which is the first crossover in Europe that is offered only with a gasoline-hybrid powertrain.
Enjoy the issue!
Luca Ciferri, Editor