Engineering

Hyundai gives 2016 Elantra compact a Value Edition variant

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Hyundai, preparing for a 2017 redesign of the Elantra compact car, is adding a 2016 variant with a Value Edition trim while keeping the vehicle’s starting price at $18,075, including shipping....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: The science, psychology and secrecy behind the Ford GT

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Ford did a ton of work understanding the psychology of the driver during development of the GT and found that driving performance follows a bell curve that relates to distractions....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Chevrolet arranged for journalists to test drive V-6 models of the redesigned 2016 Camaro back to back with V-6 versions of the 2015 car around the same race track that will be used for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix race this month....
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Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine

4:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which GM vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling....
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FCA's Dundee Engine Plant achieves silver designation for productivity

3:39 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Dundee Engine Plant, which builds the automaker's North American line of inline-four engines, has achieved silver status under FCA's World Class Manufacturing system....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: The secrets behind all that camouflage

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

The Detroit 3 all operate test tracks in southeast Michigan. But there is only so much real-world testing they can carry out without actually being in real-world traffic. To travel among the masses, automotive engineers for decades have employed visual deception -- camouflage -- to disguise what it is they are working on or testing from the prying and ever-present eyes of the media, rivals and auto enthusiasts....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: Is the Ford Shelby GT350 the most extreme track Mustang ever?

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Nearly every part of the Ford Shelby GT350's suspension is purpose-built for the sports car. It has the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a Ford, the lightest wheels and probably the most aggressive tires anywhere south of a V-8 supercar....
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2016 Ford Mustang revives California Special package, classic design touches

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

Ford is reaching back into the Mustang's rich history to keep the reborn pony car fresh heading into the 2016 model year....
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Jaguar XE-R takes aim at BMW M3

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

The 2017 Jaguar XE -- the automaker's BMW 3-series fighter -- isn't even in dealer showrooms, but a hotter version reportedly is already in the works...
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Porsche to give retailers a test track deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Porsche dealers will get a special deal on booking track time for customers at the brand's $100 million Atlanta headquarters and test track in June. Porsche executives expect 30,000 visitors annually....
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SELLING THE MUSCLE

How Dodge stoked viral flame for Hellcats

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2015

The 707-hp Hellcat trims of the Dodge Challenger and Charger sparked a viral flame on the Web after their unveilings last year. Dodge just stood back and let viral marketing magic do its work as the automaker steadily released morsels of information - showing just how powerful the Web can be for stirring up excitement well before any ads reach the airwaves....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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Scion FR-S gets light refresh for 2016

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Toyota is giving the rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The interior gets most of the attention, with silver trim accents and a new standard 7-inch touch screen. The FR-S also will feature voice-recognition technology, Toyota says....
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Q&A

Cadillac seeks unique engineering team, powertrains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

Cadillac's chief engineer hopes to differentiate the brand's powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sounds. And Cadillac officials are taking a conservative view of the sales potential of the brand's latest model, the ATS-V high-performance sport sedan. The ATS-V is engineered to take on BMW's M3/M4 and performance machines from Audi, Mercedes and Lexus. Dave Leone, 57, Cadillac's chief engineer, spoke with staff reporter Richard Truett in Austin, Texas, about the car and other matters....
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FUTURE PRODUCT

Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Honda's all-new HR-V is showing up to the party later than expected, but that hasn't dimmed the automaker's high hopes for the subcompact crossover....
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Aston Martin secures funds to build DBX crossover

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Aston Martin Lagonda is set to receive more than $300 million for the development of its groundbreaking DBX crossover and other vehicles that fall outside its traditional sports car bent....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The knock on higher octane

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Higher octane fuel may be necessary to meet future fuel economy standards. Automakers want it but can’t publicly call for it. Refiners don’t want to make it. Adding more ethanol brings a slew of new problems....
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With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the best from Germany....
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SAE WORLD CONGRESS

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. It was a hot topic last week as auto executives debated the technology of driverless cars during SAE's annual world congress in Detroit, an event that attracted thousands of engineers....
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GM, Clemson roll out Deep Orange concept for urban, young buyers

6:30 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

GM and Clemson University students unveiled a vehicle -- Deep Orange 5 -- aimed at young, price-conscious consumers in big cities that takes the connected, digital car to a new level....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

8:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers. The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand's “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle....
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Google's top visionary to address engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Consider it a speech from the future. Ray Kurzweil, Google's director of engineering and renowned inventor, author and futurist, will be the keynote speaker at SAE International's World Congress in Detroit....
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