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Achates Power OP Engine Begins Real-World Test Phase

In 2016, Achates Power received a $9 million award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s ARPA-E program to develop its opposed-piston gasoline compression ignition (OPGCI) engine. Through...

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Propulsion

Plug-In Hybrid Brings Honda into Sharper Clarity

Honda’s recently introduced Clarity plug-in hybrid sedan is the third variant of this revitalized and electrified nameplate. It joins the Clarity Fuel Cell, which debuted in December...

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Software

Thermal Management Plucks CAFE's Low-Hanging Fruit

Thermal management systems may offer the most 'bang for the buck' in the quest to improve vehicle efficiency and thus meet stringent U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards....

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Propulsion

ICE Breaker!

One of the most significant developments in internal combustion engine (ICE) technology for decades, Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SpCCI) combustion system is slated for production in...

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Propulsion

Oil Change Valve

Global Sales Group (Redmond, WA) offers a new and improved EZ Oil Drain Valve with optional hose connectors that can replace an existing drain plug for fast, clean and easy oil changes. According to the company, there is no...

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Propulsion

Beleaguered Diesel Could Use a Break—or a Breakthrough

Start talking car-business “big-picture” with engineers and once you hash out autonomy for the thousandth time, the discussion invariably comes to diesel. Is diesel...

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Propulsion

Ford Pumps Powertrains for 2018 F-150

It’s tough at the moment to sell a car to a U.S. customer, so wily automakers—or those at a fortuitous place in their product cycles—are doubling down on trucks and crossovers. Regardless of...

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Propulsion

Volkswagen’s New ‘B-Cycle’ Engine: Potential Diesel Surrogate

Volkswagen’s not saying it directly, but the company’s unique new twist on its well-established EA888 gasoline 4-cylinder engine family looks to be a potentially...

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Propulsion

U.S. Sues FiatChrysler over Diesel Emissions

The U.S. Justice Department announced on May 23, 2017, that it filed a civil lawsuit against FiatChrysler Automobiles alleging that FCA used “software functions that were not disclosed to...

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Propulsion

Regulators, FiatChrysler Continue Maneuvering in Diesel Tiff

With a mid-May report that the U.S. Justice Dept. was prepared to file suit against FiatChrysler Automobiles if the automaker and U.S. regulators did not come to agreement...

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Propulsion

Axellent Progress

Traditional beam-type drive axles as used in most pickups and full-size SUVs are simple, robust, relatively inexpensive—and a hefty chunk of cast-iron and steel. Benchmark axles for a typical ½-ton pickup weigh 180...

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Propulsion

Musclecar Godzilla: Dodge Reveals 840-Hp Challenger SRT Demon

After months of teasing and a high-profile tie-in with the Fast & Furious film franchise, FCA's Dodge division revealed its 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, a drag...

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Propulsion

WCX17: Delphi Aims for 42% Efficiency with Next-Gen GDCI

Delphi projects that engines employing its coming third-generation gasoline direct-injection compression-ignition (GDCI) combustion system will attain a thermal efficiency of 42%,...

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Propulsion

EPA: Engine, Transmission Advances Make 2025 CAFE Regs Attainable, Affordable

Although the Trump Administration has indicated intent to roll back the ambitious light-vehicle fuel-economy standards initiated by President Obama in 2012—and many automakers suddenly have reversed their advocacy of the guidelines that shaped product-development...

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Propulsion

The Upside of Downsizing: Senior Auto Executives Give Their Views

To downsize or not to downsize? That’s the engine-development question facing all OEMs. In an initial move to be seen to be more environmentally responsible, for many,...

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Propulsion

New Lexus LC Brings New Platform, Hybrid System

For Chief Engineer Koji Sato, the greatest engineering achievement on the 2018 Lexus LC is the coupe’s sharp and refined driving dynamics.

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Propulsion

Clarity of Purpose

We expected some pop and sizzle–at least something vaguely adventurous—to mark the occasion of refueling Honda’s all-new 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell sedan with compressed hydrogen pumped in at a heady 10,153 psi (700...

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Propulsion

Volvo Trucks Tests Hybrid Powertrain for Long-Haul Transport in Concept Truck

With improvements in aerodynamics, rolling resistance and reduced weight, Volvo Trucks has developed and enhanced the Volvo Concept Truck. First unveiled in...

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Propulsion

Proliferating Electrification and Performance

Ford's Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Bob Fascetti oversees one of the industry's most diverse propulsion-technology portfolios. He shared some thoughts with AE ahead of his April 6 WCX...

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Propulsion

JCB’s New 3L DieselMax: Tier 4 Without SCR

Off-highway powertrain and driveline specialist JCB said at Conexpo 2017 the company is starting production of its new entry-level engine, the 3.0-L DieselMax, with its first applications in...

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Propulsion

New BMW 5 Series Adds PHEV, Touring, XDrive M5

The advent of every new BMW 5 Series reaffirms why this model 'family' is a benchmark in its segment—and why the phrase 'technology through evolution' describes BMW's overall development...

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Propulsion

Early Ride: Lucid Motors’ 1,000-Hp Air ‘Alpha’ Prototype

Always an early test for the veracity and viability of automotive startups: ya got a car that runs?

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Propulsion

Chicago Auto Show: Dodge Puts 375-Hp Hemi V8 in Durango SRT

“Performance” SUVs are not a new concept, but FCA’s Dodge brand opens a new niche-within-a-niche with the unveiling of the 2018 Durango SRT at the 2017 Chicago auto show,...

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Propulsion

Silent Timing Chain

Designed for lighter weight, smaller space and lower cost than gear drives, BorgWarner’s (Auburn Hills, MI) silent chains technology provides durable performance, even under high speeds typical in hybrid applications....

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Propulsion

Exclusive First Drive: Torotrak’s V-Charge Technology

Being the first journalist to test drive the only example of a new piece of technology still in development always concentrates the mind. Doing so in wet and windy weather battering...

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Propulsion

Rolls-Royce to Supply MTU Engines for Claas Agricultural Vehicles

Rolls-Royce and Claas recently signed a project agreement for the supply of MTU engines for use in agricultural vehicles. The MTU brand engines, which are a part of...

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Propulsion

Honda’s New 10-Speed Is a Slick Shifter

Honda’s 2018 Odyssey offers room for eight passengers and its transaxle is packed with 10 forward gears. Developed in-house over a three-year period, the new automatic is the industry’s first...

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Propulsion

NAIAS 2017: Power and More Underscore 2018 Toyota Camry

The best-selling car in America for the past 15 years breaks its mold with a new platform and powertrains. Things have changed with Toyota’s 8th-generation flagship sedan and the...

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Propulsion

Electric Drive Module

GKN Driveline’s (Auburn Hills, MI) complete electric-drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles will help automakers more easily incorporate eDrive systems into their vehicle lines and eliminates the integration of...