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A look inside the Chevy Silverado's techy 4-cylinder engine

In the auto industry, imitation is a very high form of flattery, and many automakers copy each other's technologies, adding just enough of their own proprietary design and unique features to keep the patent attorneys from...

Land Rover growth hinges on 3 replacements

Land Rover is on the verge of remaking three of its most important products. A misfire on any could impede JLR's drive to boost annual volume to 1 million units.

Jaguar looks to crossovers for volume

Recent new Jags have been slow sellers and the brand is poised to make changes.

JLR, Volvo stick to path for utilities, electrification

Jaguar Land Rover is hitting a few potholes as it enters its second decade as part of India's Tata Motors. Jaguar sales are sinking in the vital U.S.

Time for automakers to tap the brakes on self-driving car technology

Is any C-level executive at an automaker going to have the guts to put the brakes on autonomous driving r&d? I doubt it.

Time for automakers to tap the brakes on self-driving car technology

Is any C-level executive at an automaker going to have the guts to put the brakes on autonomous driving r&d? I doubt it.

Jaguar showcases I-Pace's SUV skills

The Jaguar I-Pace's versatility shows it is much at home tackling tough terrain as it is blazing around a Formula One racetrack.

Magna exec touts 'scalable building blocks' for future powertrains

Despite conflicting global emissions regulations and consumer demands, automakers can profitably deliver vehicles with as many as 50 powertrain combinations, says a top Magna executive.

Delphi tech chief: Advanced materials 'really are a necessity'

Hybrid engines, advanced materials, heat efficiency, emission reduction -- Delphi tech chief Mary Gustanski is in the thick of it.

Freudenberg prepares to adapt to EV future

The CEO of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, maker of seals and gaskets,says the supplier must evolve and emerge more agile if electric vehicle sales take off and its traditional market erodes.

As cities grow, get used to sharing your car, Zipcar says

Projections that two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050 have big implications for private vehicle ownership and driving.

VW to lean more on sales, marketing for vehicles

As Volkswagen moves deeper into mobility services, its sales and marketing divisions also will influence product development, says Matthias Erb, head of the company's holistic user experience.

Magna exec touts 'scalable building blocks' for future powertrains

Despite conflicting global emissions regulations and consumer demands, automakers can profitably deliver vehicles with as many as 50 powertrain combinations, says a top Magna executive.

GM I-4's performance will determine its success

If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups coming this fall, GM will have Ford to thank.

GM brings back iconic 1960s Tripower name

For the first time since the mid-1960s, GM will have a Tripower engine in its lineup, due in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

Why the I-Pace could radically alter Jaguar perceptions

The battery-powered I-Pace coming at the end of the month could be the vehicle that changes everything in the U.S. for Jaguar.

Faurecia-backed company develops energy-efficient seats

A northern Michigan company, with backing by French supplier Faurecia, is working on an advanced energy-saving seat heating and cooling system that could be ready for production in 2021.

Honeywell hot on turbos in EV age

The larger numbers of vehicles using electric motors and driving themselves won't slow the growth of turbochargers, says Craig Balis, chief technology officer of Honeywell Transportation Systems.

Eaton bringing cylinder deactivation to diesels

Eaton engineers are working to apply cylinder deactivation to diesel trucks.

Jaguar's first EV meant lots of software work

Jaguar's new I-Pace EV required a new level of software engineering.

Tenneco exec sees major changes in materials

Tenneco's chief technology officer, Ben Patel, envisions a world of changing materials that will result in better vehicles.

Electrified, yes -- but they still rumble

One possible future for vehicle exhaust systems is in the Tenneco trailer outside the Grand Traverse Resort.

Conti sees trend to faster product development

The breakneck speed at which self-driving and connected-car technology is evolving is forcing the industry to change how products will be developed, a Continental executive said.

Automakers urged to take more steps against hackers

If automakers don't take control of vehicle software, self-driving cars could be riddled with bugs that leave them vulnerable to hackers, said Ami Dotan, CEO of Karamba Security.

Borgward is back in Germany

Borgward, the defunct German brand revived two years ago with Chinese money, returned to Germany this month, putting on sale its first new vehicles there since 1961.


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