Engines

Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines

8:55 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Japan's automakers, aiming to take the lead in fuel-efficient powertrains, have joined forces in a new consortium to develop the next generation of fuel-sipping combustion engines. Their goal: A 30 percent improvement in the fuel efficiency of traditional gasoline and diesel engines by 2020....
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Nissan to replace timing chains in 104,000 Juke subcompacts

3:39 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
Nissan will replace the timing chains in more than 104,000 Nissan Juke subcompacts from the 2011-13 model years sold in the United States and Canada as part of a voluntary service campaign....
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Chrysler Group's new 600+ hp supercharged V-8 engine breaks cover

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
After months of declining to confirm its existence, Chrysler Group executives last week proudly displayed a new supercharged Hemi V-8 that they will install in some high-end Dodges....
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Fiat Chrysler to replace 4-cylinder engines with new powertrain family

2:51 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
To help meet tightening global fuel economy and emissions standards, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will replace its four-cylinder engine lineup with a new family of engines that share common parts and can be inexpensively customized for individual markets....
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GM recalls almost 52,000 SUVs for engine software

10:31 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2014
General Motors is recalling 51,640 SUVs from the 2014 model year due to software that may not register fuel levels properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said....
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Porsche to offer 'greener' Macan in UK

May 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The UK is the only European market that will get a “greener” Porsche Macan SUV with a four-cylinder engine. The model is the automaker's first four-cylinder car in almost 20 years....
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Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros for stake in engine JV from Rolls-Royce

April 16, 2014 12:40 CET
Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros ($3.36 billion) for its 50 percent stake in an engine joint venture from partner Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc....
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Old and new alliances crucial to Tavares' turnaround plan for PSA

April 15, 2014 13:48 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will keep its industrial partnerships with General Motors, Toyota and Fiat despite the arrival of China's Dongfeng as a stakeholder in the automaker, CEO Carlos Tavares said....
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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....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now....
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Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power....
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Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient engines

April 10, 2014 11:56 CET
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient powerplants that will underpin 14 new gasoline engine variants to be introduced globally through next year....
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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....
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VW orders U.S. dealers to stop selling cars with new Mexico-built engine

April 9, 2014 15:55 CET
Citing the risk of a leak in the transmission oil cooler, Volkswagen 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....
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NUTS & BOLTS

BMW isn't ready for American engines

April 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Twenty years after launching U.S. production, BMW says it will expand annual capacity at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, assembly plant to 450,000 units and build a new crossover at the factory. But powertrains will continue to be shipped from Germany....
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BMW to recall 232,098 vehicles in China on engine bolt defect

April 2, 2014 13:22 CET
BMW will recall 232,098 vehicles in China for a defective bolt design that may damage the engine or cause it to fail to start....
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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....
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More assembly in S.C., but BMW isn't ready for American engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Twenty years after launching U.S. production, BMW says it will expand annual capacity at its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant to 450,000 units and build a new crossover at the factory. But powertrains will continue to be shipped from Germany....
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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....
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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....
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Alfa Romeo leans on Ferrari for horsepower in brand's overhaul

March 27, 2014 12:08 CET
To transform struggling Alfa Romeo into a profit machine, Fiat is turning to the cachet and horsepower of Ferrari....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Honeywell's hot streak is turbocharged in Europe

7:21 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Honeywell's turbo business is on a hot streak. Six of the last eight European Car of the Year winners have gotten a boost from Honeywell, and Ferrari has hired the supplier to help power its F1 racecars....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Honeywell's hot streak

7:21 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Honeywell's turbo business is on a hot streak. Six of the last eight European Car of the Year winners have gotten a boost from Honeywell, and Ferrari has hired the supplier to help power its F1 racecars....
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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....
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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....
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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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