Engineering

Hyundai drops turbo, moving Genesis coupe upscale for 2015

10:42 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Hyundai is dropping the 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the 2015 Genesis Coupe, a company spokesman said....
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Mercedes allows Chinese to peek under hood

May 29, 2014 13:13 CET
Battling to catch up with German rivals in China, Daimler is shifting gears, giving local authorities unprecedented access to new Mercedes models. "To put it bluntly, we are transferring know-how," a top Daimler executive said....
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NORA NAUGHTON

Mazda revs up teens' interest in math, science and auto careers

2:28 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
With the ongoing shortage of engineers in the auto industry, Mazda is heading straight to the source....
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3 IS THE NEW 4

Can 3-cylinder engines overcome their wimpy reputation?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Engineers have solved the technical problems that dogged the three-cylinder engine in the 1980s and early '90s. But even with turbochargers, it may take a while for the triple to outrun its historical baggage....
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GM, University of Michigan extend r&d partnership

2:44 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2014
General Motors and the University of Michigan said they agreed to extend their more than 50-year relationship with the opening of the Automotive Collaborative Research Laboratories....
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5 cool innovations at Japan's SAE expo

1:33 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Japan's premier automotive engineering expo is bustling again along the Yokohama waterfront. A record 488 companies are participating at this year's meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, which runs through Friday. Some 80,000 visitors are expected....
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Toyota wants to keep r&d ties with Tesla, N.A. engineering chief says

6:47 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Toyota hopes to continue working with Tesla Motors on battery technology even after a battery-supply agreement between the two companies ends this year, Toyota's head of North American engineering and manufacturing said Thursday....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The drive to make car functions simple is cutting out simplicity

3:03 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
Several industry executives spoke today about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate....
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Suppliers invest in brick and mortar -- finally

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Parts makers can no longer simply run an extra shift to keep pace with expanding North American vehicle production; they have to build or expand factories....
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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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BEST PRACTICES

Porsche owners unleashed at racetrack

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
As a rule, Porsche buyers have a need for speed. Hoffman Porsche of East Hartford, Conn., has started indulging that need by offering its most loyal customers a free excursion to the local racetrack....
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Mahindra to add 100-plus jobs in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., which unsuccessfully tried to introduce its light trucks in the United States in 2006, plans to add about 110 engineering jobs at its technical center in suburban Detroit....
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GM warned engineers to avoid 'defect,' 'widow-maker,' other inflammatory words, documents show

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
GM warned its engineers against using the words "safety" and "defect" when identifying product risks, and explicitly told them not to use inflammatory terms including "widow-maker" and "Hindenburg," according to company documents released by the U.S. government on Friday....
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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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Ford launches N.C. technical center for motorsports

2:01 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
Ford opened a technical and racing support center in Concord, N.C., that will play a role in developing future performance models....
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MARK RECHTIN

To TDI or not TDI?

10:26 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2014
For the better part of a decade, automotive journalists have been chastising the American public for not making the smart decision and embracing diesel power. But shoppers can’t seem to get the image of those clattering, unreliable diesels from the 1970s out of their heads....
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Mahindra plans to add about 110 engineering jobs at suburban Detroit tech center

12:17 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra, which unsuccessfully tried to introduce its light trucks in the United States in 2006, plans to add about 110 engineering jobs at its technical center in suburban Detroit...
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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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French court overturns Mercedes sales ban

May 5, 2014 16:19 CET
France's top administrative court has overturned the French government's decision last year to ban the sale of certain Mercedes vehicles in a dispute over an air-conditioning refrigerant....
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THE GM RECALL

GM engineer who led 2012 ignition switch analysis retires

1:53 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
General Motors said today that engineering executive Jim Federico has retired, the second high-level engineer to depart in recent weeks as GM shuffles its product development structure in the wake of its recall crisis. Federico, 56, a top GM engineer who in recent years led the company's global small-car development and vehicle integration, is retiring after a 36-year career at GM....
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Tracking GM engineer's about-face

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
In 14 months, a General Motors engineer went from telling colleagues that improving the Chevrolet Cobalt's ignition switch was "close to impossible" to signing off on the very fix he had shot down, documents show. Why he made such a surprising about-face -- and how it could occur without anyone else at GM knowing about it until last fall -- is among the biggest questions that those investigating the automaker are working to answer....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's ignition switch crisis may bring end to antiquated ignition key

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
The furor over GM's deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the antiquated car key, a technology drivers have been using -- and complaining about -- for 65 years....
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Magna expands Mexico powertrain operations for Audi AWD

April 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Magna International is expanding its powertrain operations in Mexico with a $75 million plant to produce all-wheel-drive systems for Audi....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Texas politicians: Be careful what you wish for and what you hand out

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Texas politicians are exchanging high-fives over Toyota's decision to relocate its United States headquarters to Plano. It's undoubtedly a great boon to the state. But will it really prove so good for the politicians' careers?...
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Magna expands Mexico powertrain operations for Audi AWD

1:32 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Canadian parts supplier Magna International is expanding its powertrain operations in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, with a $75 million plant to produce all-wheel-drive systems for Audi....
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