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2014-04-24
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With 76% high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, larger welds, and extensive use of structural adhesives, the design is predicted to get top ratings from NHTSA and IIHS. Other highlights are a direct-injection 3.3-L V6, hands- and feet-free liftgate, and UVO infotainment with new eServices.
2012-12-19
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Daimler's decision to halt use of the new refrigerant on safety concerns leads to a product defense by joint-venture suppliers Honeywell and DuPont, citing SAE studies and their own tests. Although GM is the only U.S. maker with R-1234yf cars, Ford also backs the refrigerant's use.
2014-11-18
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Potential exists for more efficient re-use of rare earth elements, Purdue professor asserts. Regardless of choice, original component design should be engineered for dismantling to enhance end-of-life recovery, he tells Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week forum in Las Vegas.
2014-04-21
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The Agera two-seat sports car has all carbon-fiber body, carbon-fiber wheels, and an in-house developed 5.0-L V8 rated at 1100 hp (821 kW) on premium pump gasoline, 1200 hp (895 kW) on E85. The transmission is a special dual-clutch 7-speed design developed in conjunction with Cima.
2012-09-07
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Forthcoming model has 10-15 mi (16-24 km) range on battery pack, and it also operates in hybrid mode and direct drive from engine through gearset into transaxle.
2008-04-25
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The first modern automotive accessory drive belt to operate without a tensioning device is making its debut on the 5.3-L V8 in the 2008 Hummer H3. The ribbed belt is sufficiently “stretchy” to be installed without permanent deformation, yet can maintain the required tension for as long as a conventional belt with a tensioner, while transferring the power required to operate the compressor.
2012-05-16
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Intended to achieve Platinum status in U.S. Green Building Council program, the new building incorporates 30 BASF technologies and is projected to use 20% less energy than would a building made with conventional construction technologies.
2014-11-18
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"Craft shop" approach of low-volume, all-aluminum, high-end makes is too restrictive for America's best-selling vehicle. SEMA Show training classes by I-CAR demonstrate special techniques necessary and the learning curve for mainstream body shop technicians.
2012-04-11
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With folding wings to reduce width to garageable status, the Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft fits into the “light sport plane” category and delivers 35 mpg fuel economy on the road. The company claims 100 orders with $10,000 deposits for the $279,000 vehicle.
2011-06-21
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Limestone powder "cloud" collects paint overspray, turning it into an ingredient in concrete, a first-ever application for the system.
2009-07-08
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An innovative multistep molding process leads to a lower-cost but upscale look for inner door panels and on the dashboard of the 2010 Ford Taurus. Even viewed close-up, or by running fingers over the "stitches," it appears to be real needle-and-thread work.
2013-01-25
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The Taurus/Explorer front-drive platform with all-wheel drive and V6 engines has replaced the iconic police car: the rear-drive Crown Victoria with 4.6-L V8. Sedan and utility vehicle versions are offered, with many police-specific changes, although powertrains are virtually the same as civilian models.
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.
2015-01-14
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Car put on display is based on electrical and mechanical components from a Renault electric vehicle "city car" simply as a proof of process. Much testing and refinement remain. Help is being provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SABIC.
2013-01-31
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Lacks Wheel Trim Systems' eVOLVE Hybrid design boosts highway fuel economy by 1.1 mpg and the city number by 0.4 mpg. The solution is a fixed design vs. forthcoming active wheel shutters for 2015 Ford F-150.
2010-11-24
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The one-piece casting integrates a four-cylinder exhaust manifold with a twin-scroll turbine housing. The part is fitted on the new Sonata's 2.0-L turbo direct-injection four-cylinder engine.
2012-03-27
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The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one example, using a cast-iron rotor. An improved carbon-ceramic manufacturing process is sought to increase production and reduce cost. Fixed caliper design provides more uniform lining wear, reduced hysteresis, and better ABS response.
2013-04-18
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Leoni AG, a wiring systems supplier, describes competitiveness of aluminum wiring with enhanced corrosion protection of joints. Shows preformed harnesses that simplify assembly line installation. Describes thermal protection systems for these harnesses, and calls them production-ready.
2008-08-07
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Jeep's stylish diesel-electric concept features simplified fabrication and assembly and no wiring, making it easy to recycle.
2008-06-19
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A minimalist approach to vehicle design doesn’t necessarily mean spartan. As demonstrated in the Jeep Renegade concept, designers can combine advanced styling and function with small energy and environmental footprints—from production through end-of-life recyclability.
2013-04-04
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"Softex," a new Toyota artificial leather, has both good breathability and reflects infrared rays, so it has significant cooling properties. First applications are on Prius V, where it also is used for the steering wheel instead of a natural leather wrap, and new RAV-4.
2012-09-09
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In-plant process starts at Marysville, OH, on 2013 Accord. Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. assumes responsibility for manufacturing procedures for all Honda vehicle production worldwide, as North America becomes top Honda production location.
2013-05-03
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Climate control can reduce electric-vehicle range by up to 46% from A/C usage in hot weather and up to 68% from electric heaters in cold temps. Tests of a solar glass windshield at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory show 4% savings in required A/C cooling capacity, providing an up to 1.0 mi (1.6 km) increase in vehicle range.
2009-04-07
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At a recent meeting to assess the service industry's readiness to deal with the new A/C refrigerant, EPA urges industry for a phase-out of R-134a to beat or at least match the European Community's regulations.
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