Engineering

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With SportWagen concept, VW mulls awd for North America

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A certain type of person went gaga when Volkswagen released details on the Golf SportWagen that it will show at the New York auto show this week.... Read More »

 

14 new Toyota engines seek 10% gain in mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will unleash a blitz of 14 new gasoline engines through 2015 in a long-awaited powertrain overhaul that aims to boost fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 engineer says some ideas were too much to execute

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
In Ford's five-year effort to strip weight from the 2015 F-150 pickup, some ideas were considered just too big of a stretch, chief engineer Pete Reyes said today. For example, engineers had considered using a front-frame crossmember -- which provides rigidity and lateral strength -- made of magnesium, an expensive metal that is lighter and stronger than either aluminum or steel.... Read More »

 

VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new engine

9:55 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen of America has ordered dealers in the United States to stop selling newer cars equipped with an automatic transmission and VW’s most common engine, the 1.8-liter EA888. The stop-sale order, sent to dealers Tuesday, applies to cars produced after Feb. 1. VW spokesman Scott Vazin said the problem arose when a supplier changed the specifications of an O-ring linking the transmission oil cooler to the transmission.... Read More »

 

NHTSA lawyer calls engineers 'first line of defense' for car safety

4:06 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's top lawyer told a gathering of automotive engineers today that they were the “first line of defense” in vehicle safety.... Read More »

 

Expert: Out-of-spec parts can still be OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Why would an automaker knowingly accept a part that is out of spec?... Read More »

 

Porsche confirms 4-cylinder engine for Cayman, Boxster

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The four-cylinder engines for the Porsche Cayman and Boxster will do more than improve each car's fuel economy: The lower weight that comes from reducing cylinder count by a third should enable the cars to handle and brake more efficiently.... Read More »

 

Earlier recall could have averted most deaths

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Of the eight deaths in Chevrolet Cobalts that General Motors has linked to faulty ignition switches, seven occurred after April 2006, when GM says it approved a redesign of the part now being recalled.... Read More »

 

Daimler will use 3-cylinder engines in compact hybrids

March 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes will use three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact front-wheel-drive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ford spending $500 million to build new V-6 truck engine in Ohio

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Ford is investing $500 million to build a new compact, lightweight turbocharged V-6 engine for the redesigned F-150 pickup at a plant in Lima, Ohio. The smaller V-6 engine should help the venerable F-150 close the fuel economy gap with Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a 3.0-liter diesel engine and an industry best EPA rating of 28 mpg highway.... Read More »

 

Daimler will use 3-cylinder engines in compact hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will use three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact front-wheel-drive vehicles.... Read More »

 

HUSHED TONES

GM: Quietness of new Ecotec engines for small vehicles will be 'best in class'

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
To Steve Kiefer, General Motors' new vice president of global powertrain operations, quiet equals quality.... Read More »

 

Porsche confirms 4-cylinder engine for Cayman, Boxster, report says

March 21, 2014 15:44 CET
Future versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman are in line to receive a four-cylinder boxer engine, according to a German media report quoting CEO Matthias Mueller.... Read More »

 

4-cylinder for Porsche Cayman, Boxster will improve mpg, handling

9:44 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2014
The four-cylinder engines for the Porsche Cayman and Boxster will do more than improve each car's fuel economy: the lower weight that comes from reducing cylinder count by a third should enable both cars to handle and brake more efficiently.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel-efficient engine family for small cars

March 19, 2014 15:19 CET
GM is creating a suite of 11 new small powerplants that the automaker says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel efficient engine family for small cars

9:19 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
General Motors is creating a family of more fuel efficient small engines that it says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. The suite of engines will consist of 11 powerplants ranging from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder to a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, the company said today.... Read More »

 

More suppliers join turbo fray in race for mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
The push to improve fuel economy has shaken up the auto industry's once-cozy world of turbocharger suppliers.... Read More »

 

Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to partsmaker

March 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Dusseldorf-based partsmaker Capricorn Group.... Read More »

 

Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to auto parts maker

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Capricorn Group, an auto parts maker based in Dusseldorf.... Read More »

 

Car refrigerant rejected by Daimler is safe, EU scientists say

March 10, 2014 12:20 CET
EU scientists say a new car refrigerant at the center of a dispute between European regulators and Daimler does not pose any serious safety risks.... Read More »

 

Infiniti gets engine-specific on Q50

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Infiniti raised production expectation for its two-month-old Q50 Eau Rouge concept sports car here last week by identifying the specific engine it would receive.... Read More »

 

If everyone loves the Juke, Nissan's designers blew it

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2014
Nissan designers have retained one of the brand's most polarizing designs -- and want to keep it looking different in the future.... Read More »

 

If everyone loves the Juke, Nissan's designers blew it

March 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan designers have retained one of the brand's most polarizing designs -- and want to keep it looking different in the future.... Read More »

 

Toyota's new subcompact will use Mazda's Skyactiv engine

11:08 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
Toyota will add Mazda’s fuel-efficient Skyactiv engine to its tiny stable of borrowed powerplants when it sources a new Mazda2-based subcompact from Mazda’s just-opened assembly plant here. The car will get Toyota-designed sheet metal on the outside but Mazda’s high-compression, fuel-injected Skyactiv gasoline engine under the hood.... Read More »

 

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