DETROIT – Speaking at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress here, Margo Oge, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, insists the agency is solidly behind efforts to advance the use of diesels for U.S. passenger vehicles....More
DETROIT – Based on experience with a hydraulic-hybrid (HH) military truck, Dana Corp. says the cost of the technology, when applied to a garbage truck, for example, may be offset within as little as one year of service....More
DETROIT – When Toyota Motor Corp. begins producing its fullsize Tundra pickups deep in the heart of Texas in 2006, its 5-speed automatic transmission will come from Aisin AW Co. Ltd.’s new plant in Durham, NC....More
DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. acknowledges it has licensed the rights to about 20 Toyota Motor Corp. hybrid system patents in order to help the American auto maker develop its first-ever gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle....More
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
The steering wheel is no longer simply the means to point the tires – it’s become command central for everything from audio controls to semi-autonomous driving functions, all while making a styling statement and serving as the primary interior touchpoint....More