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2008-08-01
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The Hyundai brand is not one that would come to mind when the subject is a highly rigid body in a sports sedan for the entry-luxury market. However, the new rear-drive Genesis, Hyundai's first model to compete in that class, was benchmarked against the competition it would be facing and against cars with which it would like to be compared.
2008-04-11
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The Toyota Land Cruiser may be thought of as just a rugged hunk of off-roading SUV. But the 2008 model has a Denso air-conditioning system with the first automotive use of ejector-cycle technology, an advancement that provides a low-cost way to improve energy efficiency.
2008-04-11
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The BYD F6 with plug-in hybrid system is claimed by BYD to have a 100-km (62-mi) range on electric power, 330 km (205 mi) in hybrid mode. The company estimates a price premium of $6000 over its conventional model.
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.
2008-04-25
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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.
2008-07-09
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Since its introduction in 1996, OnStar has grown to five million subscribers, has gone across the board on General Motors vehicles, and is expanding its menu of services.
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.
2008-06-19
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Incremental improvements to the gasoline engine remain at the forefront of the race to meet the 35 mpg by 2020 regulation—a 40% increase—and recent price increases in diesel fuel may limit diesel engine inroads to light trucks, an SAE 2008 World Congress panel on fuel economy agreed.
2011-11-17
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The trend to independent shops reflects the aging of car fleets, independents' improved access to OE service information and real-world “fix” data, plus a lower operating cost structure. Dealers counter with “quick service” lanes and older-car service discounts, but some prefer finding profit in selling parts and discounted reflashing of modules to independents.
2011-11-15
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Paul Mascarenas, Ford Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering, issued the challenge in his opening address for the recent SEMA Show. The remainder of the week, exhibitors showed they are ready for future car developments, including installation of compatible feature content in models already on the road.
2011-10-03
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A stylish low-priced coupe with a second door on passenger’s side, it is the first car with Hyundai’s own dual-clutch transmission. It uses the Accent's 1.6-L direct injection engine to hit an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway with a manual transmission.
2011-09-10
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The four-door convertible has unobtrusive B-pillar stubs built into “suicide” doors, a structural windshield frame for body rigidity, eye-catching full-LED front lighting, hidden HVAC outlets, solid wood trim, a twin-turbo 3.6-L V6, and a next-generation hybrid system.
2011-09-10
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The car is larger than its German-built predecessor but priced thousands of dollars less to match the C/D-class competition. The plant assembly line has 150,000 capacity, over 10 times the 2010 Passat sales volume.
2011-09-29
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The Golf R will have most powerful VW four-cylinder engine ever sold in U.S., a Jetta GLI with 2.0-L turbo makes its 2012 debut. The Tiguan small crossover sees its fuel economy improved, though diesel is key to VW fuel economy in the absence of hybrids and electric vehicles.
2011-10-14
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Honeywell Turbo Technologies is expanding its technology portfolio to meet the engine-downsizing trend for both gasoline and diesel applications.
2011-10-28
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The new Skyactiv powertrain debuts in the U.S. with 12:1 compression but without stop/start to save cost. Its all-new planetary six-speed automatic shifts with the speed of a DCT.
2011-11-03
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The idle stop-start system uses a starter rated at 350,000 cycles, higher-output charging system, and absorbent glass mat battery. Both models offer the UVO infotainment system.
2011-11-11
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Both refrigerants are blends, normally not favored by the automotive industry. But both are likely to cost much less than R-1234yf, the current industry choice for a low-global-warming refrigerant. And one, AC-6, is far less flammable.
2012-01-10
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Based on the S60, it has a transverse 280-hp 2.0-L gasoline four-cylinder, Integrated Starter-Generator, and eight-speed automatic in front, and a 12-kw·h lithium-ion battery pack with electric motor in rear.
2012-01-09
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The interior features two 12.3-in LCD screens, one serving as an instrument cluster and the other as a navigation/infotainment display.
2012-01-13
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First-year production run of 10 units in a Series I is planned. Price is $225,000 for model with 7.0-L V8 rated at 620 hp. Ricardo supplies six-speed manual transmission.
2012-01-13
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Former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, now a VIA Director, says work trucks make the most sense for vehicle electrification.
2012-01-25
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The GT500 Super Snake has 750 hp as standard, with a special supercharger upgrade for 800 hp. The GT350 supercharged performance is 525 or 624 hp. The GTS “entry level” model has a six-cylinder engine for 30 mpg highway fuel economy or can be supercharged to 475 hp.
2011-11-21
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NHTSA requires aftermarket parts to be in compliance with FMVSS 126 as of September 2012. The cost of physical testing may make extensive use impractical for makers of aftermarket performance parts, but a SEMA-backed simulation program, with vehicle stability module in the physical loop, has demonstrated an ability to replicate with much lower investment.
2011-12-20
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It has a bigger screen than Apple's IPad, its screen's pixel rating is 1280 x 480 (VGA level) with high color definition, and it comes with a suite of voice-controlled, cloud-based apps. Is it the latest tablet computer? Well, in a sense it is, but this 12.3-in screen tablet is firmly mounted in the center of the dashboard on the 2013 Lexus GS and LX models, which will be on the market in February.
2012-01-09
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IQ has seating for 3-4 people. HVAC case has blower integrated into center section case with evaporator and heater core, and glove box is removed, two design features that permit forward curvature of dashboard on passenger's side. This permits asymmetrical front seating so right side passengers have larger-car legroom.
2011-12-16
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At its plant in Wayne, MI, Ford in 2012 will add two hybrid variants to the assembly mix, joining two gasoline and one battery-electric variants of the Focus.
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.
2012-03-27
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The CX-5, replacing the CX-7 in the U.S., has window sticker EPA numbers as high as 26/35 mpg. Although 5.6 in (143 mm) shorter, it has a larger interior package than the CX-7. The AWD unit is redesigned to save 86 lb (39 kg), and the vehicle is at least 220 lb (100 kg) lighter, up to 575 (261 kg) lighter for heaviest models.
2012-03-14
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Based on Nissan NV200 compact van, the new taxi could boost fuel economy 37% over the Ford Crown Victoria, the widely-used choice today. The 10-year contract with NYC includes provision for an all-electric version to be introduced by 2017.
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