In 2020, the supplier expects massive savings at its 250 manufacturing plants worldwide because “Industry 4.0” hardware and software will allow assessing data in real time, ensuring unprecedented gains in production flexibility, logistics and safety.
Ford dismantled a perfectly good 5.0L V-8 and put it back together with more displacement, less friction, a volumetric efficiency of 110%, higher compression, 100 more horsepower and the ability to spin at a jaw-dropping 8,250 rpm without forced induction.
GM’s new 335-hp 3.6L direct-injection V-6 muscles its way onto this year’s list because it so powerfully completes the Chevy Camaro tandem. It’s the right hand to the V-8’s left. It’s so good that certain editors prefer it to the V-8.
BMW’s B58 I-6, springing from a new EfficientDynamics modular family of 3-, 4- and 6-cyl. engines, has a larger turbocharger, all-new water-to-air intercooler, longer stroke, more horsepower and torque and several fuel-saving technologies.
When an editor lobbies for the powertrain that scores dead last in our competition (and shall remain nameless), it speaks volumes about the progressive leaps being achieved in noise attenuation, power delivery and drivability.
Now in its 22nd year, the Wards 10 Best Engines competition recognizes outstanding engines and electrified propulsion systems, as well as the technology and engineering behind them. Winners were announced Thursday.
For the first time, three electrics make the Wards 10 Best Engines list. BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volvo will be honored Jan. 13 at a ceremony in Detroit. GM is the only automaker to win two awards.
FCA’s Bob Lee says OEMs may be waiting six weeks for vehicles to clear EPA certification because of a backlog caused by VW’s emissions scandal, which also triggered an internal audit at FCA. “We looked at 2 million lines of software code in the last month,” he says.
Asian OEMs have tried to upset Detroit’s dominance in fullsize pickups. With a stout 5.0L V-8 from diesel specialist Cummins, a stylish and functional interior and impressive offerings for those who tow, Nissan may have a grip on this U.S.-centric market.
With the supremely capable 5.0L, the Titan XD can go anywhere, do anything. Most importantly, this twin-turbo V-8 may be a plow in fertile terrain, helping Nissan cultivate a small patch of neglected turf in the ground war that is the U.S. pickup market.
The Chevy Impala’s bi-fuel 3.6L V-6 runs both on gasoline and compressed natural gas. Cost is a hurdle, however. A non-CNG V-6 Impala LT bases at $30,895. The bi-fuel version of that same car will cost an extra $9,500.
Three V-6s displacing 3.6L are in the hunt for 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines: the “High Feature” LGX in Cadillac ATS, the twin-turbo LF4 in ATS-V and the bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala, which runs on compressed natural gas.
From the pavement-shaking might of V-8s in the Ford Shelby GT350 and Nissan Titan XD to all-new versions of the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 pool of 31 nominees for Wards 10 Best Engines reflects OEMs’ divergent powertrain strategies.
Eight editors are evaluating 31 vehicles with new or improved powertrains as part of the 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Winners will be announced Dec. 10 at the WardsAuto Outlook Conference in Birmingham, MI. This is the 22nd year for the competition.