The 80-year-old plant’s owner, Daimler, has boosted efficiency and productivity while growing the product portfolio to include new engines, transmissions and turbochargers, with new medium-duty engine production starting later this year.
The success of Detroit Diesel's heavy-duty engine program that launched in 2008 led to securing a new cylinder-head machining line in 2012, followed by production of turbochargers in 2014, DT12 transmissions in 2015 and final-drive gearsets in 2016.
The re-engineered 6.6L pushrod diesel V-8, now available in ’17 GMC and Chevrolet HD pickups, is nearly vibration-free at idle and during steady-state cruising. It tows big loads with aplomb, even on treacherously steep, narrow winding roads.
Is the engine with no sparkplugs losing its spark? The diesel engine faces stiff headwinds by way of emissions compliance, vehicle electrification and a devastating Volkswagen cheating scandal. But automakers say they continue investing in new diesels.
The hot as Hades road hugger, with hybrid efficiency, V-8 power and a seductive bright orange, blue and white interior, sets a new course for Lexus. If the LC can’t redefine what makes a great Lexus – and what makes Lexus great – then nothing will.
Inexpensive to manufacture, compatible with all fuels, cleaner burning and up to 50% more fuel efficient, the opposed-piston engine is finding traction with manufacturers, Achates says. The first demonstration vehicle will be ready for driving next year.
The board member says BMW “will work with the new administration in the same way we’ve worked with administrations before.” That includes trying to educate the Trump team about BMW’s massive U.S. manufacturing operations.
The Volvo powertrain team ratchets up the excitement with another stupendous version of the 2.0L turbo/supercharged I-4 that delivers the highest specific output this competition has ever seen: 184 hp per liter.
The BlueDirect 2.0L turbo-4 first appeared on our radar during a test drive last spring of the larger E-Class, a highly intelligent sedan with autonomous capabilities but whose most impressive feature might be the unassuming but exceedingly capable 4-cyl.
The Q8, displayed as a concept at the 2017 NAIAS, represents Audi’s fourth utility vehicle, following the Q3, Q5 and Q7. The Q5 is Audi’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2016 (43,272 units), accounting for a quarter of all sales.
By strapping a turbocharger to each cylinder bank of an engine nearly half the size of the Hemi V-8 – and incorporating lots of compelling technologies – Infiniti has displaced displacement while compromising nothing.
The second-generation Tiguan arrives after its larger sibling, the 3-row Atlas CUV, which also shares VW’s MQB modular architecture. With both vehicles arriving as CUV demand remains robust, the automaker is proclaiming 2017 the “year of the #SUVW.”
The 6.0L W-12 in the Continental Supersports was significantly redesigned, incorporating larger turbochargers and larger charge-air cooling and exhaust systems, both for better breathing. Brake-based torque vectoring is standard.
WardsAuto editors are evaluating about 30 vehicles as part of the 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors competition. Today's gallery focuses on the '17 Maserati Levante, a car-based luxury SUV with a sticker price of $90,000.