Engineering

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

Sept. 30, 2014 10:10 CET
Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engine 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine....
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No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater....
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns....
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AutoNation partners with Hennessey on performance upgrades

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
AutoNation, in a move to cater to the tuner crowd, began providing customers with performance upgrades at its 27 Chevrolet dealerships this month through a new partnership with aftermarket tuning house Hennessey Performance....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines....
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Mazda's MX-5 Miata gets shorter, sportier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled a shorter and lighter MX-5 Miata to burnish its brand image with a sportier yet more fuel-efficient roadster. The fourth-generation drop-top, expected to go on sale next year, is the shortest MX-5 since the nameplate debuted in 1989....
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Maserati's secret: Chrysler makes its engine blocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
During the summer, workers at Chrysler Group's Trenton Engine Complex in suburban Detroit with no fanfare have been machining aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 engine blocks under the supervision of Ferrari engineers. The blocks are being shipped to Italy, where they will be installed into Maserati's flagship Quattroporte and its new, hot-selling entry-level sedan, the Ghibli....
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KEITH CRAIN

China's government flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government....
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Mercedes-Benz to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014
Daimler AG plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives....
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Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise....
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BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5

11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. Just one model remains unsold in the United States as of today, and BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch says the automaker is in no hurry to let go of it....
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GM to stop omitting truck-part weights to maximize payload ratings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
GM said today that it will no longer omit the weights of some parts when weighing pickups to boost their maximum payload ratings....
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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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