Since 2009’s downturn, Schaeffler has hired 3,800 new employees (including 400 engineers), increased content per vehicle 55% and filed some 600 patents. Times are good. A top executive sees no dark clouds on the horizon....More
The supplier has a Puebla plant already supplying dry clutches for DCTs to Ford. The new facility will manufacture torque converters for North America. “It’s a good problem that we have to increase capacity,” an executive says....More
After four years at its Michigan tech center, IAV’s four dynamometer test cells are fully occupied, and the supplier wants as many as four more. The facility can run every engine test cycle used in every region of the world....More
To reach series production, Schaeffler, Ford and other co-developers must lower the cost of each part, conduct functional safety and environmental testing and document the technology for potential customers....More
Some analysts speculate China’s refusal to certify the LG Chem and Samsung SDI battery packs is a response to South Korea’s decision to deploy the U.S.-built Terminal High-Altitude Aerial Defense missile system to guard the country against attacks by China....More
Drawing heritage cues from the first civilian Dodge off-roader introduced in 1946, the '17 Ram Power Wagon picks up design cues from the Ram 1500 Rebel and strength from a heavy-duty chassis and 6.4L V-8 hitched to a Borg Warner transfer case and beefy solid axles front and rear.
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