If you just want to mechanize your own models, you can start with the Mechanical Toolkit, which is a free download from the iCar Body Shop page.
As it uses AML scripts, it was hard to get to work for a while, but it's functioning now. The instructions (your second link) are outdated, and it's actually now easier to use.
The Mechanical Toolkit contains the helper objects to create your 4-wheel car. They can be found under Template => iCar Body Shop => Mechanical Tool Kit in the folders Door_Tools, Spring_Tools, and Wheel_Tools.
I just tried it in iClone 6.53 to make sure it still worked, and this is what you do:
1. Prepare you car model such that the wheels (and if desired the doors) are sub-props with their pivots in the correct place for rotation. The body should be a separate sub-prop as well.
2. Place the desired Spring Tool in your scene. The spring Tool has to parts: Spring00 (top) and Spring01 (bottom).
3. Place the for Wheel Tools in your scene at the indicated wheel positions, such the they are centered with the actual wheels.
4. Attach the Wheel Tools to the Spring Tool, such that they are attached to Spring01 (you need to open the Attach dialog for that).
5. Attach the actual wheels to their respective Wheel Tools.
6. Attach the body of the car to the Spring Tool, this time to Spring00.
7. Right-click the Spring Tool and select Drama Script and then Import Drama Script.
8. From you iClone Template folder, navigate to DramaScript => iCar Body Shop => Mechanic Tool Kit, where you will find a number of AML scripts. (For a while these wouldn't show up, because iClone only considered LUA scripts. This is fixed now.)
9. Select the AML script for the Spring_Tool you selected.
10. When right-clicking on the Spring_Tool, you should now have two Move commands: Move Forward and Move Backward. These work similar to the walk options of avatars: you select the option and then click the destination in the scene.
11. If everything is working as desired, you can merge the wheels with their Wheel Tools, but there's no need for that.
That's basically all there is to it. There is no longer a Director mode to drive the car, but I have used paths instead. Initially, the front wheels tend turn left or right (as if being steered) but that can be fixed with key-framing.
Since the iCar Body Shop relies on the Mechanical Tool Kit, it also works in iClone 6. It gives you some nice car models, but other than that you don't need it.
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