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2008-03-31
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Three variations on a theme, the theme being environmentally responsible cars propelled by advanced powertrain systems. In a nutshell, that describes Chrysler’s intent with the three very different-looking—but technology-wise, somewhat similar—concept vehicles it revealed in January at the NAIAS.
2008-05-13
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The standard has seen a slow start, but it looks as if momentum for the interface between hardware and software is starting to grow. A number of electronics suppliers and their tool providers are ramping up, and automakers continue to show support.
2008-05-13
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The expansion of electronics and software continues almost unabated, bringing both benefits and challenges for automakers and their suppliers. As engineers develop new safety, infotainment, and powertrain systems, they are looking at a variety of techniques to manage hardware and software development.
2008-03-31
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Chrysler’s traditional approach to vehicle development has taken a detour as engineers recently started using bio-mimetic topology optimization and an advanced engineering process as a means of designing safer, lighter automobiles. The new process helps to identify which body-in-white zones have the highest strain as well as prime locations for the various critical load paths on the vehicle.
2012-01-09
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Adapted from Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, the Dart's body and aero package is designed for class-leading Cd. Three four-cylinder engines are offered, a 1.4-L Fiat turbo Multi-Air, and two naturally aspirated Tiger Shark engines, which are versions of the Chrysler “world” engine modified for lower NVH and more torque at low rpm.
2012-03-21
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The drawings done by collegiate students for a steel wheel design competition had industry professionals thinking about future production possibilities.
2012-04-25
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OEMs need to prepare their customers’ expectations for new fuel-efficiency technologies aimed at meeting the 2017-25 CAFE standards, stressed an expert panel of engineers at the SAE 2012 World Congress. And the attribute-based standards could adversely impact sales of the smaller vehicle segments, the experts noted.
2012-04-25
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A worldwide shortage of engineers is threatening the auto industry’s advanced technology development, concurred a panel of powertrain executive engineers at the SAE 2012 World Congress.
2012-04-26
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The looming LEV III standards, which include a potential drop of particulate matter emissions to an almost imperceptible 1 mg/mi by 2025—loom like dark clouds over powertrain engineers working on gasoline direct injection (GDI) and diluted/lean-burn combustion technologies, as well as advanced diesels.
2012-09-20
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GM and Ford will again collaborate on transmission development, building on their great success with the GMF (6T70/75) and 6F 6-speed automatics.
2012-08-22
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The change to OAT is across the board for 2013 and is accompanied by increasing coolant service interval to 10 years/150,000 mi (240,000 km). The formula is different from that used by parent Fiat.
2012-08-07
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Using a powerful new 3-D modeling package, Chrysler Powertrain engineers and manufacturing experts are reconfiguring the Kokomo transmission plant to build the 845RFE eight-speed automatic for rear-drive vehicles beginning 4Q12 and the 948TE nine-speed fwd transaxle due to launch in 2Q13, in addition to other new powertrain programs.
2012-09-27
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Highlights include oil change intervals doubled to 15,000 mi (24,000 km), introduction of urea injection with selective catalyst reduction NOx controls, and class-leading diesel torque. A dual radiator configuration and two transmission oil heat exchangers are in new front-end cooling module.
2012-11-28
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The new compact, B-segment MPV was up-engineered by Chrysler to meet U.S. safety, emissions, and customer requirements. Powered by a 1.4-L Multiair turbocharged engine, the MY2014 model debuted at the L.A. Auto Show.
2012-11-28
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The battery-electric Fiat 500e features a 24-kW·h NiMgCo lithium-ion battery sourced from SB LiMotive and an 83-kW traction motor. The car is not aimed at traditional EV customers, according to Fiat's North American marketing boss.
2012-11-13
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SEMA VP Waraniak explains the five-step “hype cycle” for such emerging technologies as plug-in electric vehicles. Chrysler VP Gradu sees diesel as the most cost-effective choice for car performance. In the background is “Goodwin Assist,” a prototype concept to provide electric-drive assist in large vehicles, but at obviously higher cost.
2012-08-31
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Planning and close supplier collaboration were keys, said Chrysler VP Mircea Gradu.
2012-08-24
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2013 Ram truck's HFE (high fuel efficiency) model delivers 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway with help from thermal management of engine and transmission oil temperatures, featuring integration with active grille shutters.
2012-08-30
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Reducing a vehicle's mass opens the door for a downsized engine and transmission, a lighter cradle and body structure, smaller wheels and brakes, as well as a weight-slimmed suspension. The start point for this ripple effect is materials.
2009-12-14
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The industry's product plans are brimming with 1.4-L engines as a solution for meeting the new U.S. 35.5-mpg fuel efficiency standards.
2009-11-25
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FIRE engines and Multiair valvetrains from Italy are keys to boosting Chrysler’s fleet fuel efficiency by 2014, says new Powertrain boss Paolo Ferrero.
2009-12-16
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You know the price of a component, but do you know its cost? A new company provides costing details for clean-sheet designs and competitor teardowns.
2011-03-21
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The company drops the low-speed 83.3-kb/s bus in favor of two 125-kb/s buses, one for interior function and the other for telematics. A large center stack touch-screen display and new hands-free module are among the highlights.
2011-05-23
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The May 2011 launch of a three-year demonstration program will put 140 Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pickup trucks through a testing regimen that will have the full attention of Chrysler engineers.
2011-04-13
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Engine downsizing, turbochargers, more transmission gears head the list, but idle stop-start, friction reduction, and other technologies are in plans, SAE 2011 World Congress panelists say.
2011-04-18
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SAE 2011 World Congress panel notes that as OEs add vehicle electronics, the effect on off-roading must be considered. And as OEs look to the aftermarket for niche sourcing, the two segments of the industry must learn to work together.
2011-06-07
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A new family of 3-cylinder EcoBoost engines, a new 8-speed planetary automatic, an in-house-developed e-CVT, and a flurry of enabling technologies show Ford's seriousness in meeting tough new fuel efficiency regs.
2011-06-19
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A range of 500s will help kick-start the Fiat brand’s revival on U.S. roadways after a more than 20-year absence. Vehicle Line Executive for the Fiat 500, Joe Grace, and others talk about bringing the iconic car to North America and the collaboration between engineers in Turin and Detroit that helped make it happen.
2011-07-07
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As configured for Chrysler use, the 8HP has fewer parts than ZF's 6-speed automatic, weighs less than Chrysler's 5-speed, and is ready to add a stop-start feature when needed. Its overall ratio spread of 7.03 is one key to impressive efficiency.
2011-01-14
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For the 2011 Chrysler 300, “everything is brand new,” boasted Olivier Francois, President and CEO of the Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, at the full-size sedan’s world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on a new second-generation, rear-wheel-drive E-segment chassis architecture, the 300 is said to deliver best-in-class V6 power thanks to the new 3.6-L Pentastar engine.
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