Engineering

How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry....
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Ford probes fire that destroyed pickup during testing

12:36 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Ford is studying a fire that destroyed a pickup truck during recent testing in California. According to a spy photographer, the truck, heavily clad in black vinyl, is an aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty pickup....
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Acura hopes awd helps it recoup sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Acura expects its improved, next-generation all-wheel-drive technologies in two upcoming sedans to help make up lost ground from a delayed product launch as the brand chases a full-year U.S. sales increase....
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Q&A

Hemi Hellcat engine aims to make potential buyers 'giddy'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Dodge made history when it announced last month that the Challenger SRT's supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine cranks out 707 hp. It is the highest horsepower engine ever for an American production car. Gregg Black, 52, chief engineer for the Hemi Hellcat engine, spoke recently with Staff Reporter Richard Truett....
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GKN confident as auto-unit growth offsets currency hit

July 29, 2014 13:50 CET
GKN says it is confident regarding the rest of 2014 after first-half profit at its car parts supply division rose 6 percent, helping to offset the effects of a currency hit....
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Ford EcoBoost V-6 makes V-8 power

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s latest EcoBoost engine -- a compact, lightweight 2.7-liter V-6 -- will be the smallest engine available in a full-sized pickup when it debuts this fall in the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. But it generates V-8 levels of power: 325 hp and 375 pounds-feet of torque....
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GM to invest $800 million to renovate operations, add 1,750 jobs in Michigan

6:07 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
GM plans to invest $800 million in Michigan as part of plans to renovate facilities throughout the state to support future vehicle platforms and programs. The company will also add 1,750 jobs in the state after consolidating various engineering functions outside Michigan to a site in Michigan, the state said Tuesday in enhancing economic development incentives for the automaker....
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More power to the redesigned Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels....
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BMW expects high conquest rate for 2-series Active Tourer

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW expects that three out of every four buyers of its 2-series Active Tourer minivan will be new to the brand....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's stealth redesign of switches kept old parts in circulation

3:34 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
New documents reveal GM redesigned faulty ignition switches without changing the part number in more than the 2.59 million small cars at the center of its recall crisis. Some of those additional vehicles underwent an ignition switch redesign as far back as 2004, GM said in a letter to regulators posted today by NHTSA....
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Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today....
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VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars....
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VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers....
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Toyota's massive engine overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota, after long neglecting the internal combustion engine in favor of hybrids, is preparing a sweeping powertrain makeover. It is designing common parts to spread costs across large numbers of engines that will allow it to economically customize engines for specific vehicles with fuel injection, turbocharging and more....
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Bentley Mulsanne could gain performance variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
A more powerful version of the Bentley Mulsanne will debut in October at the Paris auto show, according to British car magazine Auto Express....
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KEITH CRAIN

A contradiction or a cornucopia?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
This has to be the best time for consumers. Whatever you want, a car company is more than ready to sell you a vehicle to fulfill your wishes....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ex-Opel CEO Stracke eyes acquisitions to boost Magna Steyr's engineering unit

July 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Magna Steyr's head of vehicle technology and engineering, is betting on acquisitions in China. The supplier is watching the M&A market very closely, Stracke said in an interview....
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Ford creates Mulally engineering scholarship

3:04 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Ford is creating a $1 million scholarship program for engineering students in honor of former CEO Alan Mulally. Under the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship program, Ford will award 10 onetime $10,000 scholarships annually to sophomore or junior engineering students at universities around the world....
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Porsche raises stake in Germany's Bertrandt to 29%

July 3, 2014 13:11 CET
Porsche has raised its stake in German engineering company Bertrandt from 25 percent to about 29 percent. The company's auto-industry customers include Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, and Ford Motor Co....
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Musk's EV patent pitch piques Krafcik's curiosity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
What did John Krafcik do when he heard about those electric-vehicle patents Tesla CEO Elon Musk made available to the public this month?...
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DAVID PHILLIPS

Honda aims to take 3D leap forward with advanced crash-test simulation software

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
It takes roughly 5 years, on average, to develop and launch an all-new vehicle today. Honda believes it's poised to take a major chunk of time out of the process....
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Ford plans its biggest airbag for 15-passenger 2015 Transit wagon

2:31 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ford will introduce its largest airbag ever -- a five-row side curtain about 15 feet long and 3 feet tall -- on the 15-passenger 2015 Transit wagon....
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'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, but the company didn't notify existing owners about the problem until an April 2014 recall, according to a newly released document GM filed with federal safety regulators....
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Renault names new engineering chief

June 25, 2014 12:02 CET
Renault named company veteran Gaspar Gascon Abellan as its new engineering chief. Abellan succeeds Jean-Michel Billig, who has left the automaker to work on personal projects....
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