Engineering

Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third....
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Need a prototype part? Send an email to the 3-D printer

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

3-D printing, which uses a type of plastic powder and technology similar to an inkjet printer, has made it possible for FCA engineers to get a prototype part made within 24 hours. That kind of speed - never before consistently possible in the auto industry - dramatically reduces development costs....
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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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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Lifting the curtain on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

When it returns for the first time since 1991, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer will be a unibody vehicle, and not a body-on-frame, truck-based SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban or Cadillac Escalade....
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Nissan banks on racier Maxima to draw younger buyers

11:16 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The redesigned Nissan Maxima, positioned to intercept younger premium-segment consumers, will re-emphasize the “4-door sports car” marketing tagline of years past....
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Many consumers nonplussed, confused with latest tech, survey finds

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

A recent Nielsen-SBD survey of some 14,000 automobile owners found that manufactures generally are jamming features into cars that most owners don't use and often are not even aware of. “It's sort of an arms race -- who can have the most technology in the vehicle -- and consumers are confused,” said Nielsen Vice President Mike Chadsey....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The steep road ahead for Alfa in U.S.

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Even with a small but passionate following for the Italian brand, Fiat Chrysler's lofty sales goal for Alfa Romeo -- 150,000 vehicles a year in the NAFTA region by 2018 -- seems overly ambitious...
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms....
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Sweden's hot spot for winter testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers flock to the remote town of Arjeplog, Sweden, in the winter for cold-weather testing. The attractions are frozen lakes and reliably brutal winter weather....
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Automakers race to meet sizzling demand for performance vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

Despite ever-tightening emissions laws and fuel economy requirements, sales of high-performance models in the U.S. have outpaced global growth since the teeth of the recession in 2009....
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New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians. The new group, MICHauto, unveiled an initiative today to promote Detroit and Michigan for development of a new generation of mobility, including self-driving cars....
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JLR aiming high with SVO unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants....
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GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief

May 23, 2015 06:01 CET

General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars....
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What people are saying about 2016 Chevy Camaro

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Chevrolet, on the heels of the redesigned Ford Mustang, is bringing out a reskinned and re-engineered Camaro sports car for 2016, raising the ante in Detroit's pony car battle. Here's a look at what some journalists and analysts have to say about the latest Camaro....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance....
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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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