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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Dan Nicholson is charged with ensuring GM Powertrain does its part to improve the fuel economy of the company's North American vehicles about 5 percent a year to reach the 2025 fleet average of 54.5 mpg target set by the U.S....
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At last, Honda and Toyota prepare for turbo charge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of setting the pace in fuel economy without relying on technologies like turbocharging, direct injection or CVTs, Japan's big three will spend the next several years playing catch-up....
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Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts....
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Infiniti Q30 will be powered by Mercedes engines

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Infiniti's Q30 compact car will be powered by two gasoline Mercedes engines, likely the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter units used in the A-class compact car, a source said. The Q30 is based on Mercedes's MFA front-wheel-drive compact architecture that also underpins the A class....
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COMMENTARY

Tesla upends the car world with something big

11:15 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Tesla has rocked the world of high-performance automobiles with the introduction of its new “Ludicrous mode.” The internal-combustion engine business may never be the same....
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Fiat plans Abarth variant of 124 Spider

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

The upcoming Fiat 124 Spider, based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, will spawn a high-performance model, Alfredo Altavilla, COO of Fiat Chrysler’s Europe, Africa and Middle East region, told England’s Auto Express in an interview....
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Buick adds turbo, touring model, stop-start to 2016 Encore

5:45 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Buick will look to keep sales of the Encore small crossover hot with a new top trim level featuring a more powerful engine.The Encore Sport Touring model will go on sale this fall with a new 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

PSA exec foresees single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions

July 17, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's chief engineer for downsized gasoline engines foresees a day when there is a single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions. Denis Fourchon also told Automotive News Europe that diesels will struggle to remain Europe's top powertrain as gasoline engines become more fuel efficient....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles....
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Renault says strike at Spanish supplier has ended

July 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Renault said a 10-day strike at Spanish aluminum casting supplier Alumalsa had ended and had not significantly hit production....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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INTERACTIVE

VW, Renault maintain powertrain plant lead in Europe

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe's Guide to Powertrains shows 86 locations where global automakers and suppliers produce the engines and transmissions that drive the auto industry in Europe and beyond....
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VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate....
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Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds

3:10 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge and SRT brands, said the additional V-8 engines will help Dodge catch up to a "huge flood" of orders for Hellcat-powered versions of the Challenger and Charger....
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Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in the U.S....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: 'Multiphysics': Engineering's new frontier

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The creation process that was once fairly simple -- design blueprints to prototypes to testing to validation to production -- now is often extremely complex, involving engineers from several disciplines who must think in areas outside of their training....
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Alfa Romeo readies unveiling of key Giulia midsize sedan

June 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan, which will be unveiled Wednesday, is crucial to the struggling brand's revival. The Giulia will sit on Alfa's new rear-wheel/all-wheel-drive Giorgio platform and offer high-performance engines, including a Maserati-derived V-6....
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Alfa's new sport sedan to get Ferrari V-6 power, report says

10:07 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

The new Alfa Romeo sport sedan, which is set to be introduced next week in Italy, is expected to feature a Ferrari-derived V-6 engine under the hood, according to a report....
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Toyota torques up turbodiesel lineup for trucks

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota is stepping up a global upgrade of high-efficiency powerplants through the end of this year with the deployment of two new turbodiesel engines....
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Audi engine chief leaving amid EV push, pressure from Mercedes

2:25 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Audi's engine development chief is leaving the company just as the luxury brand is pushing into electric vehicles and faces growing competition from its German peer Mercedes-Benz....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The dark side of electronics

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

As automobiles age and the quality of replacement parts for the electronics diminish, repairs become difficult, frustrating and expensive....
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UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla sours on swappable batteries

4:03 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology....
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