2015 PACE Awards

2015 PACE winners and finalists


  J FERRON
Thinking outside the customers' box
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Thinking outside the customers' box
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» Company Year What Innovation First Customer Web Site
    2015
    Compact EGR valve is easy to package
    Fiat Chrysler 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine, March 2015
    2015
    1 sensing device, many powertrain uses
    2.0-liter gasoline direction injection and 2.4-liter turbo direct injection engines in the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe Sport and Kia Optima and Sorento, January 2014
    2015
    Piston coating reduces friction up to 20%
    Volkswagen 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter BlueMotion models, 2014
    2015
    Precise manufacturing cuts bearing friction
    Hyundai's A2 inline-four diesel engine, 2012
    2015
    Awd disconnect system
      2015
      2nd gear saves fuel for electrified vehicles
      BMW i8, 2014
      2015
      Completely recyclable ó and fancy stitches, too
      2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia
      2015
      Variable steering helps parking and high-speed cruising
      Ford, March 2015
      2015
      Hydroforming creates artful Lincoln liftgate
      Lincoln MKC, 2014
      2015
      Special coating on pins cuts chain wear 67%
      Volkswagen AG's 1.4-liter GTDI engine, May 2015
      2015
      Coated steel plates replace paper gaskets
      2014 Audi A4, A6
      2015
      Multiple sparks cause complete combustion
      Mercedes four- and six-cylinder engines, April 2011
      2015
      Only one HVAC unit for SUVs, minivans
      2014 Acura MDX
      2015
      Engine, tranny converse to boost fuel efficiency
      CalArk Inc., September 2013
      2015
      Less expensive LEDs for mass-market cars
      Audi, 2015
      2015
      Improved traction for fwd vehicles
      Volkswagen Golf GTI, November 2013
      2015
      Low-cost substrate for transmission computers
      Mercedes-Benz seven-speed transmission, February 2012
      2015
      Standard HVAC units for many vehicles
      Toyota, December 2013
      2015
      Elegant rear window
      2015 Ford F-150
      2015
      Better bird's-eye view for driver
      2015 Volkswagen Passat
      2015
      On-board calls for service appointments
      Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link, September 2012
      2015
      Steerable rear wheels
      2014 Porsche 911 GT3
      2015
      With coolant, turbo cuts weight, extends life of catalytic converter
      BMW, 2015
      2015
      Knee airbag built into Mustang's glove box
      Ford Mustang, fall 2014
      2015
      Seal for shafts cuts friction losses
      Volvo, August 2013
      2015
      Cooling gallery makes piston more durable
      Audi, February 2012
      2015
      Programmable computer keeps infotainment fresh
      Tesla Model S, June 2012
      2015
      Flexible adhesive holds i3 together
        2015
        Alternator eliminates voltage drop, boosting efficiency
        2016 Audi A6
        2015
        Paint method eliminates primer baking
        Ford Transit, August 2013
        2015
        Compact package for radar vision
        Volvo XC90, January 2015
        2015
        Automatic park lock for electric vehicles
        BMW i3, September 2013
        2015
        Lightweight gear shifter for Audi
        Audi, June 2014
        2015
        Detector keeps driverís hands on wheel
        BMW i3, September 2013
        2015
        More efficient torque converter
        Mazda2, July 2014
        2015
        Dry clutch works smoothly as temperature varies
        GM, August 2014
       

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