Detroit-Chevrolet engineers say that the Avalanche, which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, is neither a pickup nor an SUV. Although it has four big doors and comfortably seats six passengers, it can haul 4 X 8 ft sheets of plywood or drywall. The key: the Convert-A-Cab concept, which works like a trunk pass-through.
Convert-A-Cab enables users to reconfigure the vehicle, stretching its bed from 5 ft, 3 inch to 8 ft long. The vehicle, to be introduced to the public in 2001, is also expected to make heavy use of composites.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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