The pickup truck that Honda is developing for the 2005 model year will be a hot topic at Thursday mornings session at the Management Briefing Seminars.
Tomiji Sugimoto, senior chief engineer of Honda R&D Ltd., is expected to reveal more details about the vehicle, which will be built on the platform used by the Honda Pilot/ Acura MDX SUVs and Odyssey minivan. There will be Honda and Acura versions, says one Honda insider. But the Honda trucks will more closely resemble the Ford Explorer SportTrac in look and function, not a stump-pulling full-sized pickup.
Freudenberg-NOK is on the hunt
Freudenberg-NOK, a joint venture of Freudenberg and NOK Group Cos., is on the hunt for small acquisitions.
But the company wont launch a hostile bid, similar in nature to ArvinMeritor Inc.s run at Dana Corp., says President and CEO Mohsen Sohi, who has been on the job since March.
Still, if youre a supplier with less than $50 million in annual sales that would make a good fit with sealing or noise vibration harshness technologies – the type of company Sohi is interested in -- you might want to look over your shoulder.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS -- Hype is no guarantee of what technology the future will bring.
Bernard Robertson, senior vice president engineering technology and regulatory affairs for the Chrysler group, spoke of the big three of diesels, hybrid vehicles and fuel cell powertrains on Tuesday at the Management Briefing Seminars. But he also took note of predictions of the recent past.
Even seminar host Dave Cole has not been immune. Robertson noted that Cole praised the potential of two-stroke engines in 1988.
He said, This could make all current engine technology obsolete. The action is intense and accelerating. By the early 90s, two-stroke will be here to stay, Robertson recalled.
He added, Well, Im still waiting.