More than two-thirds of all Japanese-brand models sold in Europe now are produced there, an industry group says. Imports from Japan fell to 371,576 units in 2013, down 8.2% from 401,870 compared with prior-year....More
Identified closely with the K-car, Dodge Viper and minivan while at Chrysler and the GT and Mustang during his days at Ford, engineer Chris Theodore is keeping active consulting and inventing better turbochargers and EVs....More
Almost 50% of nearly 900 automotive engineers surveyed say their companies are concentrating on lightweighting and the use of lightweight structural materials in order to hit 2025 fuel economy targets....More
Volkswagen has developed a new engine that works well with B20 diesel. But the fuel in the U.S. is not as stable as the product elsewhere, so the new engine will be available in Canada but not the U.S....More
Using ultra-high-strength steel can save 88 lbs. on a typical body, and adding aluminum can double that to 187 lbs. But the last improvement comes from the carbon-fiber panels, the automaker finds....More
Similar to the LS9 small-block V-8, GM integrates the intercooler of the LF3 V-6 inside the V of the engine instead of mounting it remotely. That reduces compressed-air travel and shaves turbo lag to minimal levels....More
Work at the technical center will continue to involve several Bosch divisions, including Electrical Drives, Starter Motors and Generators, as well as Chassis Systems Control and Automotive Electronics....More
The concept of an autopilot is not new, particularly in aerospace. But Owens notes even the airline industry has never crossed that threshold by placing hundreds of lives solely in the digital hands of a computer....More
Delphi hosted a media event to highlight connectivity and active safety at its Auburn Hills, MI, Customer Technology Center. Other suppliers have demonstrated self-driving functionality on the road, but Delphi's prototypes at the event were stationary.
The automaker has had a formal partnership with Google for more than two years and Apple content will be available on the screens of Mercedes vehicles starting in mid-2016. But informal relationships also are important....More
SmartWitness Managing Director Simon Marsh says two-thirds of motorists believe the government is premature in allowing driverless cars on U.K. roads and more tests are needed to ensure the safety of the new technology....More
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