Fuel Economy http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53329/more en VQ Engine Family Branches Out http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/vq-engine-family-branches-out <div class="node-body article-body">Nissan’s VQ V-6, lauded since it came to the U.S. in 1994, has been heavily revised for the all-new Maxima sedan arriving now in showrooms. The automaker calls the VQ all-new as well, but many of the key specs carry over.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/vq-engine-family-branches-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/vq-engine-family-branches-out#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Japan Nissan Fuel Economy Gasoline Product Development Fuel Economy Nissan V-6 port fuel injection torque VQ Ward's 10 Best Engines Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1302401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Nissan&rsquo;s 3.5L VQ in new Maxima has fully redesigned cylinder head with new air intake ports.</strong></p> Duramax Seeks Tow-Hold Among Compact Trucks http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/duramax-seeks-tow-hold-among-compact-trucks <div class="node-body article-body">Block, head, pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft are among carry-over parts on 2.8L diesel slated for Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, but unique features include an exhaust brake and torque converter with vibration-absorbing qualities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/duramax-seeks-tow-hold-among-compact-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/duramax-seeks-tow-hold-among-compact-trucks#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Asia Pacific - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Thailand Chevrolet Denso GMC Emissions Engine Fuel Economy Product Development centrifugal pendulum absorber Chevy Colorado CPA Diesel Duramax turbodiesel GM Thailand GMC Canyon Honeywell Nemak Rayong Scott Yackley SCR Tupy Wentzville Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:56:00 +0000 1303111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Duramax 2.8L 4-cyl. churns out 369 lb.-ft. (500 Nm) of twist at 2,000 rpm, trouncing 3.6L gasoline V-6.</strong></p> Good News, Bad News Underlies Obama’s Failed EV Goal http://wardsauto.com/blog/good-news-bad-news-underlies-obama-s-failed-ev-goal <div class="node-body blog-body">The Obama Admin. overestimated the potential of electric cars, but it also vastly underestimated how much conventional internal-combustion engines could improve.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/good-news-bad-news-underlies-obama-s-failed-ev-goal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/good-news-bad-news-underlies-obama-s-failed-ev-goal#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. BMW Ford Tesla Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Turbocharger Road Ahead Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:59:00 +0000 1294271 at http://wardsauto.com BMW Rolls Out Lightweight, Luxurious 7-Series http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-rolls-out-lightweight-luxurious-7-series <div class="node-body article-body">A new plug-in hybrid powertrain, active-chassis control, rear-wheel steering, gesture recognition and automated parking are among innovations appearing on BMW’s all-new flagship.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-rolls-out-lightweight-luxurious-7-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/bmw-rolls-out-lightweight-luxurious-7-series#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW Autonomous Vehicles Carbon Fiber Chassis Cockpit Collision Avoidance Design Fuel Economy Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Turbocharger 7-Series 740e 740i 750i xDrive Active Kidney Grille Carbon Core Double-VANOS Dynamic Damper Control gesture recognition i3 i8 PHEV plug-in hybrid Valvetronic Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000 1296101 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Pricing for all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive starts at $97,400.&nbsp;</strong></p> Mighty Mini 3-cyl. Features BMW’s Latest Tech http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/mighty-mini-3-cyl-features-bmw-s-latest-tech <div class="field-deck"> 2015 Story Behind 10 Best Engines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Technology includes turbocharging, direct injection, dual Vanos variable camshaft control on intake and outlet sides and Valvetronic fully variable valve control.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/mighty-mini-3-cyl-features-bmw-s-latest-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/mighty-mini-3-cyl-features-bmw-s-latest-tech#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Mini Fuel Economy Gasoline Story Behind 2015 10 Best Engines Turbocharger Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:21:00 +0000 1289861 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Engine can be installed transversely or longitudinally, driving either front or rear wheels, and can power plug-in hybrid vehicles such as BMW i8.</strong></p> Automakers Pursue Electrifying Solutions in China http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-pursue-electrifying-solutions-china <div class="field-byline"> Alysha Webb </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Regardless of consumer demand, and despite the possibility of incentives ending by 2020, automakers in China will have to keep churning out PHEVs and EVs to meet future fuel-efficiency standards.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-pursue-electrifying-solutions-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/automakers-pursue-electrifying-solutions-china#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology China FAW Politics Charging Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Sales Results Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:40:00 +0000 1290401 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>FAW displays Red Flag plug-in hybrid at Shanghai show.</strong></p> U.S. Light Vehicles Set Fuel-Economy Record in May http://wardsauto.com/politics/us-light-vehicles-set-fuel-economy-record-may <div class="node-body article-body">The market shifted to smaller car and light-truck segments, allowing several automakers to hit all-time high scores.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/us-light-vehicles-set-fuel-economy-record-may" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/us-light-vehicles-set-fuel-economy-record-may#comments Public Data Center Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Auto Makers Fuel Economy Sales Results Thu, 04 Jun 2015 17:13:00 +0000 1293451 at http://wardsauto.com Unexpected Goodies in Boxberg, Germany http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/unexpected-goodies-boxberg-germany <div class="node-body gallery-body">Bosch hosted its biennial International Automotive Press Briefing this week at its test track in Boxberg, Germany, for more than 300 journalists from 40-some nations. The afternoon was spent test driving (or riding in) up to 40 vehicles, including the VW XL1 concept, a self-driving Tesla Model S and a Porsche 918 Spyder.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/unexpected-goodies-boxberg-germany" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/unexpected-goodies-boxberg-germany#comments Public Auto Makers Suppliers Europe Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center Fuel Economy Resource Center Europe - Regional North America - Regional Germany BMW Citroen Ford Honda Maserati Porsche Tesla Volkswagen Batteries Cameras Diesel Electric Vehicles Emissions Fuel Economy Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Lidar Product Development Radar Fri, 22 May 2015 15:28:00 +0000 1285511 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Self-driving Tesla Model S keeps safe distance from lead vehicle on handling track.</strong></p> JCI, LTU Pair Up for Battery Research http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/jci-ltu-pair-battery-research <div class="node-body article-body">A new dynamometer at Lawrence Tech’s campus will allow students and JCI engineers to work jointly on powertrain systems, such as a new dual-voltage stop-start system coming to market in 2018.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/jci-ltu-pair-battery-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/jci-ltu-pair-battery-research#comments Public Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. BMW JCI Emissions Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Product Development Purchashing dynamometer engineer Johnson Controls Lawrence Technological University Mary Ann Wright research University of Wisconsin Wed, 20 May 2015 11:15:00 +0000 1283651 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Visitors to Johnson Controls Vehicle Engineering Systems Lab at Lawrence Tech watch as engineers prepare BMW 3-Series for test run.</strong></p> Tom Murphy Dyno Dedication Sparks JCI, LTU Tie-up http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/dyno-dedication-sparks-jci-ltu-tie <div class="node-body gallery-body">Asked how students and JCI engineers will split time with the dyno, MaryAnn Wright says the workload for both groups will be seamless and integrated. JCI also will fund research to be done with the dyno, and students will be assigned projects and other work.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/dyno-dedication-sparks-jci-ltu-tie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/dyno-dedication-sparks-jci-ltu-tie#comments Public Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. BMW JCI Emissions Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Product Development Wed, 20 May 2015 11:10:00 +0000 1283671 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Virinder Moudgil, president of Lawrence Technological University, and JCI&#39;s MaryAnn Wright at dyno&nbsp;dedication.</strong></p>