Global auto makers today are exploring a smorgasbord of powertrain innovations that will allow cars to run faster and cleaner for less cost and less impact on the Earth’s resources and the environment. Among these technologies are direct-injection, hybrid-electric, diesel, cylinder deactivation, hydrogen, fuel cell and bi-fuel. While such research and development has been ongoing, there now is an urgency to get the technology into the market place, given the extraordinary hike in prices ...

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