Automotive Powertrain

For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.

Renault’s New Motor

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 06, 2018 at 7:05 AM

Typically when an automaker announces the development of a new powertrain for a production vehicle, the words downsized and turbocharged are near the top of the announcement because that’s the way things have been going of late.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Some Things to Know

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Design, materials, powertrain and manufacturing details about what is arguably the quintessential vehicle in the Jeep lineup.

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Powertrain Simulation Addresses Complex Challenges

By: Lawrence S. Gould - March 02, 2018 at 3:40 PM

Multi-physics analysis software is perfect for simulating vehicle powertrain systems. Even better is simulation software for powertrain development.

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The Five Percent Solution

By: Christopher A. Sawyer - March 02, 2018 at 3:21 PM

Ford heads to England to find a V6 diesel suitable for the all-American F-150.

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Solutions for Success

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 02, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Bosch has developed the Climo mobile air lab that provides real-time measures of city air quality so countermeasures can be taken sooner rather than later.

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2018 Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 28, 2018 at 7:24 AM

Because I live in southeastern Michigan, I have the opportunity to watch the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), which is good for a number of reasons, ranging from exceedingly extensive Olympics coverage (NBC is but a shadow of this) to programs like Schitt’s Creek to the ability to see what Don Cherry is wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.

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Nissan LEAF & the Economics of Automotive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 26, 2018 at 6:50 AM

Nissan’s Chris Reed has a title as long as an NBA player’s arm: Vice President, Components Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America, Nissan North America, Inc.

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McLaren Senna: No Need to Say More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 15, 2018 at 6:42 AM

At the front of the McLaren Senna there are four aero surfaces: the front splitter, active aero blades, fixed aero blades, and slot-gaps positioned between the headlights and the daytime running lights.

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Fiat 500: A Reason Why

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 10, 2018 at 6:32 AM

Yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show Fiat announced that for 2018, all 500 models in the U.S. will be turbocharged.

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2017 Mazda6 I Grand Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 07, 2018 at 6:21 AM

Admittedly, people are now buying more vehicles in the crossover category than in the car class.

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Kona, Powertrains and Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Hyundai Motor America is launching a B-segment crossover in the U.S., and John Juriga, Director of Powertrain, Hyundai-Kia Technical Center, talks about it on this edition of “Autoline After Hours.” Juriga points out that the Kona is based on an all-new platform and slots in the company’s CUV lineup below the Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

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Nissan Goes Snow Patrol for Chicago

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2018 at 12:16 PM

According to the National Weather Service, in 2013-14 the seasonal snowfall in Chicago was 82 inches, an amount of precipitation that would probably make those who had to endure it wish they’d had the Armada Snow Patrol concept that Nissan is introducing this week at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

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