Global Vehicle Reliability promotes an understanding of the use of predictive models, failure analysis, and modelling techniques. The chapters, written by experts from Jaguar, Ford, independent industry consultants, and respected academics, emphasize the need to correlate life-testing to real world usage profiles. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, reliability and predicting failure correctly can provide an edge, or mean commercial disaster if it is not managed well. Global Vehicle Reliability will be of interest to automotive engineers involved in reliability testing, designers, manufacturers, component suppliers, testing houses, and key automotive decision makers. Vehicles are now global in their brand marketing, manufacture, and development. This international spread and network of research, development, supply, and assembly provides real challenges in the maintenance of high standards of reliability. The global vehicle has to be able to perform reliably and be easy to maintain in all the world-wide territories that the manufacturer is selling into. Vehicles are becoming increasingly complex and the purchaser expects better and better reliability.
The onus is on the manufacturers, their suppliers, the testing houses, and the whole international network of brand developers to meet these expectations.