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Bentley Develops W12 Cylinder Deactivation

Luxury car manufacturers around the world are devising multiple solutions for improving fuel economy and emissions while maintaining the high-performance multi-cylinder engines their customers...

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Mercedes-Benz Replaces M-Class with GLE, Adds Plug-In Hybrid

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV, introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show and scheduled for market in late summer, could be regarded as just a major "refresh" of the M-Class....

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Automotive

Ferrari Massages 458 to Create 488 GTB

Ferrari engineers have further refined the 458 Italia model with a new turbocharged and downsized engine and revised aerodynamics to create the 488 GTB.

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Nissan Debuts Front-Engine, Front-Drive GT-R LM Nismo Racecar

“Outrageousness.” It was the signature line of 1980s Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, the self-described “punky QB.”

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FEV Shows Compact DCT for FWD Vehicles

Current production dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) are limited by their inherent mechanical complexity, according to FEV engineers. In addition, most conventional DCTs are characterized by drivers as...

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Automotive

AVL Transmission Aims at Best-In-Class PHEV Performance

For its new 7-Mode transmission, AVL focused on key requirements for hybrid drivetrains including best-in-class fuel consumption in NEDC charge-sustaining mode, full drivetrain...

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Automotive

Fuel Efficiency SUV Notches 10 Mpg Improvement Vs. Baseline Vehicle

A demonstrator SUV has achieved a 35 mpg combined city/highway rating following a phase-two technology retrofit. Schaeffler’s fuel efficiency demonstrator is based on...

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Cross Coupé GTE Previews Seven-Seat SUV from VW Chattanooga

Volkswagen officials have acknowledged that the company’s sales have suffered in the U.S. from a lack of offerings in the rapidly growing crossover/SUV market, so it is...

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Aluminum Cooling Solutions for EV Power Electronics

New aluminum cooling technology for electric and hybrid vehicles from Dana Holding Corp. uses the efficiency of aluminum in its Long brand of integrated cooling plates, designed to enhance...

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Propulsion

New OGeco Hybrid Transmission Is a Space-Saver

Space fiction has become part of some auto companies’ description of hybrids. Finding space for an electric motor, battery and all the controls that go with them...

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Flat-Plane Crankshaft Spins 'Voodoo' into Ford’s New Shelby V8

So you think the Corvette Stingray and Jaguar F-Type play the wildest V8 soundtracks through their active-exhaust systems? Or you say nothing beats a Ferrari 458 for pure...

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GM Unveils More Efficient 2016 Volt Powertrain

“I can’t think of a powertrain we’ve re-engineered more extensively within a five-year period than this one,” observed Larry Nitz, GM’s Executive Director, Transmission and...

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Schaeffler Electrifies Its Fuel-Efficiency Demonstrator, Aims for 35 Mpg Combined Rating

An SUV crossover concept demonstrator developed by Schaeffler Group North America is undergoing a phase-two technology makeover, aimed at achieving...

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Honda's New 8-Speed DCT Uses a Torque Converter

Dual-clutch transmissions—essentially two parallel gearboxes that hand off power from one to the other, and do it more efficiently and quicker than either planetary automatics or...

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RCCI Engine Begins In-Vehicle Demonstration Testing

Higher fuel efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions are two potential benefits associated with Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition (RCCI), an engine combustion technology that...

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SwRI’s D-EGR Demo Car Wows SAE Engines Symposium with 42% BTE

Aside from the colorful decals plastered on its body, the 2012 Buick Regal GS appears to be stock. But underneath its skin is an advanced gasoline combustion system that...

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First Look: GM’s New Modular Ecotec Engines

GM Powertrain engineers have revealed technical and development details of their company's all-new Modular Ecotec family of long-stroke 1.0- to 1.5-L three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines...

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Next Steps for Fuel Cell Technology

“No company in the automotive industry yet has the processes and designs to ramp up production of fuel-cell electric vehicles [FCEV] to 100,000 units per year by 2025," noted fuel-cell technology...

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Schaeffler Tech Demonstrator Achieves 15% CO2 Reduction

Technical specialists retrofitted a MY2013 Ford Escape with Schaeffler technologies, and the payback is a double-digit-percentage fuel-economy improvement compared to the production...

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GM’s New 8-Speed Automatic May Enable 30-Mpg Corvette in 2015

General Motors engineers are quietly optimistic that their all-new 8L90, the automaker’s first 8-speed planetary automatic transmission developed in house, will be the...

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All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 Debuts in Detroit

Chrysler’s next-generation 200 midsize sedan transforms itself with an entirely new interior and exterior that packages a segment-first standard nine-speed automatic transmission with an...