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2014-11-21
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General Motors on Nov. 20 announced four major personnel changes with the goal of improving customer satisfaction. The moves are effective immediately. All of the people involved have held engineering positions with the company. • Alicia Boler-Davis, currently Senior Vice President, Global Quality and Customer Experience, is named Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience. • Grace Lieblein, currently Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, is named Vice President, Global Quality. • Steve Kiefer, currently Vice President, Global Powertrain, is named Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. • Dan Nicholson (SAE Member, 1988), currently Executive Director of Powertrain Embedded Controls, is promoted to Global Powertrain Vice President, assuming Kiefer’s responsibility. • Mary Chan, Vice President, Global Connected Consumer, has elected to leave GM to pursue other opportunities.
2014-11-20
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TRW stockholders representing 79% of the company's shares outstanding have voted to allow the proposed acquisition of the company by ZF to proceed. Under the terms of the agreement, ZF will acquire TRW in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $12.4 billion based on equity value.
2014-11-19
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The rise of new geographical auto markets (and stagnation of others), the proliferation of new "connected-car" technologies including automated driving, and a diminishing case for car ownership are among a number of challenges facing automotive industry decision makers.
2014-11-17
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The Association of Global Automakers and its 12 member companies have unveiled auto industry consumer privacy protection principles (http://www.globalautomakers.org/topic/privacy) for vehicle technologies and services.
2014-11-17
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Automotive Engineering magazine covers the 2015 Kia Soul EV traction battery (http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/sae/14VED11/index.php#/32). Steve Kosowski, National Manager, Long-Range Strategy/Product Planning, Kia Motors America, provides the details.
2014-11-13
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Having two gear ratios rather than the single ratio that is typical of EVs enables the eAxle to boost the i8's all-wheel-drive performance across its entire speed range.
2014-11-12
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Announced as part of a large change in personnel, Ford has named Kim Pittel its Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2015. In this new role, she will be responsible for the continued development and implementation of the company’s global environment and safety strategy, policy and performance, and Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability.
2014-10-29
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SAE International recently published the J2880 - Recommended Green Racing Protocols. The aims of J2880 are to: • Provide sanctioning bodies with recommendations to help them align competition rules with the objectives of sustainable transportation • Support environmentally responsible and sustainable technology that is transferable to production vehicles • Promote environmentally friendly operations of motorsports venues, competition events, and racing team facilities • Assist sanctioning bodies in establishing a roadmap to increase green initiatives.
2014-10-29
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) on Oct. 29 announced its intention to sell its Ferrari S.p.A unit. The separation will be effected through a public offering of FCA's interest in Ferrari equal to 10% of Ferrari's outstanding shares and a distribution of FCA's remaining Ferrari shares to FCA shareholders.
2014-10-28
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Oct. 28 named Mark Chernoby (SAE member, 2003) Head of Quality. He continues his current responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer Product Development, a post to which he was named in August 2014.
2014-10-28
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Lexus tops Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey, with the three Toyota brands (including Scion) finishing in the top 10. Asian automakers hold 7 of the tops 10 spots. Fiat finishes last among the 28 brands included in the survey, with sister brands Dodge, Ram, and Jeep, occupying the last 4 spots.
2014-10-27
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Eaton has named Gerard DeVito (SAE member, 1988) Vice President, Technology, Vehicle Group, effective Nov. 1, 2015. The 27-year Eaton veteran will be based in Galesburg, MI, and will report directly to Ken Davis, President, Eaton Vehicle Group, and functionally to Jeff Lowinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Industrial Sector.
2014-10-22
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As someone who benefited greatly from college scholarships, the Chair of SAE International’s Scholarship Committee, Ken Wolfgram, doesn’t want anyone to miss the upcoming application deadlines.
2014-10-21
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Novelis has officially opened what it claims is China's first plant dedicated to the production of heat-treated aluminum automotive sheet, making the company the only one producing automotive aluminum sheet in all three of the world's major automobile producing regions: Asia, Europe, and North America.
2014-10-21
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General Motors claims that its 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala running on gasoline or CNG (compressed natural gas) will be the only bi-fuel-capable sedan on the market to offer a factory warranty. It is slated to go on sale later this year at a starting price of $38,210.
2014-10-10
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Now that the last of the SAE International Collegiate Design Series (CDS) teams are submitting their entries, it's time for the public to vote for its favorites in the 2014 Generation Auto video contest sponsored by OESA and SAE, with the support of Deloitte.
2014-10-09
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Not all hands-free technologies are alike, and poorly designed ones can increase driver distraction. That was one of the findings of an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, the results of which it released Oct. 7.
2014-10-08
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Chrysler Group LLC on Oct. 7 announced two personnel moves involving manufacturing operations. Brian Harlow was appointed President–Head of NAFTA Manufacturing, replacing Mauro Pino, who was named Head of Manufacturing for the Latin America region.
2014-10-06
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Under a long-term partnership announced Oct. 3, AKKA Technologies Group engineers will work with the company's 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop the next generation of its autonomously driving Link&Go concept car using Dassault Systèmes applications to ideate, design, simulate, and validate on a single collaborative platform hosted on the Cloud.
2014-10-02
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Earlier this year, SAE International published an Information Report categorizing and defining various levels of automated driving. Now it is offering a handy and free two-page document at http://www.sae.org/misc/pdfs/automated_driving.pdf to illustrate and summarize the categories.
2014-09-23
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At the recent Battery Show in Novi, MI, Enerdel showcased two applications for its battery technologies--one for high energy, one for high power.
2014-09-15
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Germany's ZF has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. for $13.5 billion, according to a Sept. 15 TRW press release. ZF has stated that TRW will be operated as a separate business division within ZF.
2014-09-09
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The marriage of vehicle electronics with mechanical systems is growing ever closer in intimacy, as the organizers of the first Convergence conference 40 years ago expected. Counseling on that relationship—and the crucial conflicts (e.g., simplicity vs. complexity) that must be resolved for a happy and resilient union—will be offered at SAE 2014 Convergence in the form of a seven-session panel program.
2014-09-09
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The University of California-Davis, and CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center) will cooperate to speed commercialization of plug-in and fuel-cell electric cars in China and the U.S. under an agreement signed Sept. 6 in Tianjin, China.
2014-09-05
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Days before Tesla on Sept. 4 announced it has selected Nevada as the state in which it will build a large "Gigafactory' battery plant, Lux Research opined that the savings in lithium-ion battery costs owing to high-volume efficiencies will not be as much as the automaker expects it to be.
2014-09-04
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Delphi Automotive on Sept. 3 announced formation of a Technology Advisory Council designed to help guide the company's product strategies. Council members include: • Hamid Akhavan, Principal at Telecom Ventures LLC, an international technology-focused venture capital firm, formerly CEO of Unify Inc. and T-Mobile International. • Jens Hadler, General Manager of German advanced automotive engineering supplier Automobil-Prüftechnik Landau GmbH and professor for sustainable mobility at the University of Magdeburg, formerly head of powertrain development at Volkswagen. • Magnus Jonsson, formerly Senior Vice President of Product Development for Volvo Cars.
2014-09-04
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Toyota announced on Sept. 4th that it will pump $35 million into its Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) in Ann Arbor, MI, to focus on safety technologies related to connected- and automated-vehicle technologies. 
2014-09-04
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Lotus has hired the CEO of Millbrook Proving Ground in the U.K., Miguel Fragoso, as Engineering Director. Before his career at Millbrook, he held senior positions in engineering and corporate planning at General Motors operations in the U.K., mainland Europe, and Japan.
2014-09-03
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Land Rover digitally revealed the first in a new Discovery family, the 2015 Discovery Sport SUV, on Sept. 2. The company claims a first in providing 5+2 seating in premium compact SUV; the vehicle's footprint is no larger than existing five-seat premium SUVs, it says.
2014-08-29
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Built-in voice recognition surpasses wind noise as the problem most frequently reported by new-vehicle owners, according to J.D. Power. The J.D. Power 2014 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study released Aug. 28 notes that the number of new-vehicle owners complaining about voice recognition is larger than it was in last year's study, with 8.3 problems reported per 100 new vehicles in 2014; the figure was 7.6 in 2013.
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