Freescale microcontrollers run park-assist, seat controls and other auto apps; JCI developing fuel-saving battery-cooling technology; Axalta supplying eco-friendly basecoat to Indian automakers....More
The Swedish automaker wanted to develop its own engines but had to wait until the 2010 sale to Geely was complete. Today, the Drive-E launch of two new gasoline engines for the U.S. is under way....More
The Ward’s 10 Best Engines program went on the road this week to a Volvo powertrain launch program in Shanghai. The Swedish automaker, owned by China’s Geely Automobile since 2010, is presenting to 200 Chinese journalists two new 2.0L Drive-E 4-cyl. engines.
WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass data shows this year about a third of the top-volume platforms will cross four or more size segments. By 2019, that percentage will go to half, and those will span up to seven market segments....More
Automakers are investing heavily in lightweighting and new engine technology to improve fuel economy. But they could get a bigger bang for the buck simply by replacing batteries with supercapacitors in stop-start applications, Ioxus’ marketing chief says....More
Additional North American production capacity in 2016 from a new plant at Volkswagen and increases at existing facilities among other automakers will raise available straight-time production to 18.4 million units....More
It used to be no one got to see the new model before its big reveal. Now automakers are leaking early glimpses of future cars and trucks through spy photographers and other means. Is this a good thing?...More