Stuttgart’s storied producer of purebred sports cars is considering a 4-cyl. engine for the next-generation Boxster and Cayman 2-seaters expected next year, says Porsche’s executive vice president-R&D....More
The auto maker’s smallest production engine ever will be offered in European versions of the Focus C-car, C-Max and B-Max CUVs, and Stephen Odell predicts there will be “quite a high take rate.”...More
The AC1000 scalable system, expected to be production-ready by 2015, can integrate lane-change assist, blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alerts, side-impact sensing and low-speed collision warning, among other safety technologies....More
Borrowing a hybrid idea from Formula 1 racing, the car has a 70-kW electric motor within its 8-speed transmission for an extra power boost, providing a passing performance of 31-75 mph in just over 2 seconds....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More