Under the new National Automotive Policy, Malaysia ends protection of domestic automakers, allows foreign companies to build energy-efficient cars with engines of 1.8L or less and seeks to become a manufacturing hub for green vehicles....More
A market-research company predicts the French automaker will get the first license under the government’s plan to turn Malaysia into a hybrid- and electric-vehicles hub in the ASEAN regional trade bloc....More
The move toward turbocharged GDI engines has raised operating temperatures to the point that aluminum pistons expand, causing excess friction within the combustion chamber. Steel is more rigid and can resist expansion....More
The automaker’s optimism doesn’t extend to Australia, where Ford is to end vehicle production in 2016 and GM Holden a year later. That will make it “unviable” for Toyota to remain as the country’s sole OEM, Kyoichi Tanada says....More
Industry analyst Kavan Mukhtyar says the government’s national automotive policy, expected to be announced in mid-January, will be the catalyst to transform Malaysia into a production hub for energy-efficient vehicles by 2020....More
On a long road trip, we’re convinced 40 mpg (5.8 L/100 km) is within reach in this spacious luxury cruiser with its 8-speed automatic transmission, because diesels, unlike gasoline engines, routinely outperform their stated mileage estimates....More
Chrysler’s 3.0L turbodiesel serves up the red meat truck lovers can’t resist. It has a nice grumble, without being overly loud or annoying. Finally, pickup buyers can have the fuel-efficient torque they deserve....More
This engine program establishes definitively that old-school cam-in-block configurations relying on pushrods can deliver stunning performance and cost advantages in a powertrain world dominated by newer overhead-cam architectures....More
Porsche deserves credit for delivering a compact naturally aspirated engine that feels and sounds so powerful. This is the type of efficient yet diabolically fun powerplant every sports car maker needs to do well as CAFE standards ramp up in the U.S....More
The new regulation, which could take effect as early as 2016, could require fuel efficiency matching Japan’s proposed 2020 standard of 54.8 mpg or even the European Union’s proposed 2020 benchmark of 64.9 mpg....More
WardsAuto editors have been meeting with several auto makers to discuss their entries for the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Engines competition. Powertrain engineers from Nissan, Chrysler and Hyundai have visited WardsAuto offices in Southfield, MI, to talk technology.
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
The program offers a 6-year tax break to automakers that produce at least 100,000 vehicles annually from the fourth year and meet standards for minimum investment, carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel efficiency....More
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