Engineering

GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today....
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EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET
The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development....
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Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters....
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Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Volvo's experimental engine -- a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder -- cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower. But how? At 225 horsepower per liter, it would be one of the most power-dense engines ever produced, if Volvo decides to build it....
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Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II adds new tech, keeps old-school feel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Despite the addition of up-to-date electronic, entertainment, safety and luxury accoutrements, the refreshed 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is still -- and this is no accident -- strictly an old-school and old-world luxury car....
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Acura grabs page from Subaru's awd playbook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Acura, trying to reinvent itself yet again, wants to position all-wheel drive at the center of its revival bid, much the way Subaru did in the 1990s, to great success....
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BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer

Oct. 8, 2014 10:21 CET
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. Fedeli joined Ferrari in 1988 and has been responsible for the engineering of all Ferrari cars since 2007....
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Q&A

F-150 chief engineer: Redesign 'sets us up for the next 15 years'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
With the redesigned F-150 pickup, Ford is out to prove conventional wisdom that only bigger and heavier can deliver more power and capability. Automotive News sat down with Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 pickup, the first mass market truck with a body made of lightweight aluminum alloys, or what Ford likes to call “military grade.”...
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Honda bakes building blocks for autonomous driving into updated CR-V

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
The top-of-the-line touring model of the updated 2015 Honda CR-V has a new suite of electronic technologies called Honda Sensing that the company is rolling out across its lineup. Some parts of the system are the first building blocks of Honda's autonomous driving technology....
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U.S. regulators probe steering in estimated 938,000 Ford vehicles

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
U.S. safety regulators opened a probe of an estimated 938,000 Ford Motor Co. midsize sedans due to complaints about steering issues....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out....
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MIKE COLIAS

What the new Opel Corsa and next-gen Chevy Volt have in common

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
It wasn't long ago when the smallest engine in one of General Motors' smallest European cars wouldn't have stood a chance of showing up under hoods in the United States. But times have changed, thanks to tightening fuel-economy and emissions standards....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET
Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine....
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No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater....
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns....
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AutoNation partners with Hennessey on performance upgrades

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
AutoNation, in a move to cater to the tuner crowd, began providing customers with performance upgrades at its 27 Chevrolet dealerships this month through a new partnership with aftermarket tuning house Hennessey Performance....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines....
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Mazda's MX-5 Miata gets shorter, sportier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled a shorter and lighter MX-5 Miata to burnish its brand image with a sportier yet more fuel-efficient roadster. The fourth-generation drop-top, expected to go on sale next year, is the shortest MX-5 since the nameplate debuted in 1989....
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Maserati's secret: Chrysler makes its engine blocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
During the summer, workers at Chrysler Group's Trenton Engine Complex in suburban Detroit with no fanfare have been machining aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 engine blocks under the supervision of Ferrari engineers. The blocks are being shipped to Italy, where they will be installed into Maserati's flagship Quattroporte and its new, hot-selling entry-level sedan, the Ghibli....
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KEITH CRAIN

China's government flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government....
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Mercedes-Benz to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014
Daimler AG plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives....
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Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise....
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BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as of today, and BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch says the automaker is in no hurry to let go of it....
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