Engineering

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will the next Nissan Z be a crossover?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

After scrapping production plans for the Nissan IDx coupes, there is now a very real possibility that the next Z car will be a crossover....
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GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, to be built by Oshkosh Defense, will be powered by a military specification version of the Duramax turbodiesel V-8 used in GM's heavy-duty pickups....
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PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars....
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Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets....
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2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET

Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design....
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Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell....
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Meet Mazda's master of driving feel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Each MX-5 Miata now arriving in U.S. showrooms reflects the tastes of Dave Coleman, a 43-year-old engineer at Mazda's r&d center in Southern California who has become the official arbiter of how a U.S. Mazda should drive....
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'Performance is good business'

Amid sales decline, Dodge boss sees a plan coming together

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

With Dodge's U.S. sales off 16 percent this year in a rising overall market, you could argue brand chief Tim Kuniskis should be worried. Yet standing in a parking lot with 10,000 fellow gearheads this month, Kuniskis looked around and saw a brand strategy that is coming together nicely....
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Mercedes teases 2017 AMG C63 coupe

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz released a teaser image and video of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe that features a white vehicle ripping around the sharp curves of a test track, with only the roar of the 503-hp, V8 biturbo engine as the soundtrack....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate....
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PLANT LIFE: PART 2

Honda's factory fix: Robots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Honda's Alabama assembly plant replaces one of the industry's most innovative engine lines with enough automation to brace for the future....
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Cadillac 'definitely' bringing diesels to U.S. in several years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Cadillac will launch diesel-powered models in the U.S. early in the next decade, said the brand's president, Johan de Nysschen....
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Infiniti prepares to enter 2.0-turbo fight

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Infiniti will be able to stand nose-to-nose with some of its bigger competitors in five months with one of the luxury segment's hottest features -- a small turbo-charged engine....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Audi is introducing an even more powerful version of the S8 sedan unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus....
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Q&A

Multiphysics? Joining disciplines to design parts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Complex technologies are forcing automotive engineers to work in areas outside their field of expertise. Now, a mechanical engineer, for instance, can be called upon to use electronics, fluid dynamics and other fields that can influence the performance of a component....
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VW plans new 4-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection on '16 Jetta

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A new downsized, turbocharged engine will replace a more than 20-year-old four-cylinder motor currently powering entry-level Volkswagen Jetta compact cars, Volkswagen of America said today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is a 400-hp, quad-turbo diesel engine in BMW's future?

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tri-turbos are so last season. Aiming to keep up with fashion BMW is reportedly working on quad-turbo engines....
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How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief engineer for electrified vehicles said today. The gasoline-electric powertrain in the upcoming Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, for example, is nearly identical to that of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, even though both operate differently....
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GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets....
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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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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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Kia readies hybrid subcompact crossover, Sportage redesign

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

Kia Motors is gearing up for a run at the subcompact crossover market, one of the fastest-growing product segments in the U.S., with a hybrid variant. Spy photographers recently caught a fleet of the vehicles during some hot-weather testing. Also caught testing was the next-generation Kia Sportage compact crossover....
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