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2008-10-18
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Euro NCAP is to tighten its testing procedure for 2009.
2008-09-04
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Production of Delphi’s Direct Acting Diesel Common Rail (DADCR) system has started, following a five-year development program in France, Luxembourg, and the UK. The system incorporates direct-acting piezo injectors—claimed by the company as a "world first" that can operate at pressures up to 2000 bar (29 ksi) and will help meet Euro 6 emissions standards.
2008-10-31
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Designing a city car that meets a spread of criteria from frugality to safety, and low emissions to practicality, has spawned many theoretical and some practical solutions over the past two decades in Europe, notably the smart from Daimler.
2008-04-11
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At the center of the powertrain technology warfare that rages across most of the automotive industry, technology provider Ricardo continues to optimize the gasoline and diesel engine and the hybridization of both. The company is also assessing some novel solutions, and is considering the impact of legislation on global markets and emerging consumer tastes to identify a range of technologies that it needs to develop and have ready.
2008-04-11
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Sound-reproduction specialist and Jaguar supplier Bowers & Wilkins has developed a new rear-of-speaker spiral diffuser designed to improve sound-system performance in cars and trucks. The first production system will be used in Jaguar's XF.
2008-06-05
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BMW continues to plan further developments of its Mini brand and has announced that a sports activity vehicle (SAV) version will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
2008-07-09
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At the annual Bibendum Challenge, the Logan Renault eco² concept covered a 172.2-km test route in China on 4.69 L of diesel fuel for an average consumption of 2.72 L/100 km, complemented by carbon dioxide emissions of 71 g/km.
2008-04-09
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Maserati has long held a special place within the rarefied world of high-performance premium brands. The company’s latest model, the four-seat GranTurismo (GT) now entering production, continues that position.
2008-06-10
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As pressure mounts on OEMs and suppliers to develop more practical and longer range electric vehicles, Volkswagen has announced that it is to work with Sanyo on high-performance energy-storage systems.
2008-06-10
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The pace of research into low-carbon technology is growing, with significant financial inputs by governments. In the U.K., sixteen low-carbon vehicle-development projects are being funded by the Government's Technology Strategy Board.
2008-06-09
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Work by the Innovatial project, which is supported by the European Commission through the Sixth Framework Program for Research and Development, involves 24 high-profile European partners in the automotive and aerospace sectors focused on developing innovative processes and materials for components such as diesel injection.
2008-06-10
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PSA’s R&D Director, Pascal Henault, talks about super-efficient new powertrains in development, and the challenge of an OEM doing niche vehicles.
2008-06-09
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“World firsts” are rife in the automotive industry and BMW M has come up with another, claiming the accolade for its new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox (M DCT) with Drivelogic control.
2008-04-24
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Packaging heat-sensitive components in an underhood environment can be a challenge for design engineers. Specialist coating company Zircotec has just conducted what it terms “independent testing by one of the U.K.’s leading test and development centers” to confirm that the use of advanced flame-sprayed ceramic coatings can reduce heat transfer by up to 26.7%.
2008-08-06
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Testing is not just about proving or improving vehicle mechanical integrity and capability. It is also about saving money for OEMs and suppliers. A significant example of that is the outcome of the initial program for SUV crash testing using a newly designed “dipping sled” system at the Millbrook research and development facility in the U.K.
2008-05-13
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The partnership with Naim Audio has resulted in what the duo claims is the world’s most powerful in-car production amplifier, at 1100 W, combined with a “state-of-the-art” speaker system.
2008-08-06
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PSA Peugeot Citroën is starting to develop a new family of 1.0-L three-cylinder petrol engines with relatively high specific power output of about 50 to 75 kW (67 to 101 hp) and the potential to achieve carbon dioxide emissions below 100 g/km without the need for additional technology.
2008-03-31
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A new collaborative program led by Prodrive and partially funded by the U.K.’s Technology Strategy Board has been launched in the U.K. to develop a dc-dc converter aimed at being more efficient, smaller, and more economical than others on the market. The converter would also enable regenerative braking to become more effective.
2008-03-31
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Valeo and Maxwell Technologies are slated to collaborate on the development of a new stop-start and regenerative-braking system with the emphasis on cost effectiveness. The aim is to create a system using ultracapacitors instead of nickel metal-hydride or lithium-ion batteries, achieving very significant cost savings but still achieving much of the benefit of a conventional mild hybrid application.
2008-03-31
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Audi’s new A4 represents a looks-to-legroom redesign that packages some interesting technology—but the launch models only give a hint of things to come. Next year, Audi will introduce the hybrid version of the Q7 into series production, and the company is set to expand its hybrid option into other model ranges, including the A4 and, eventually, the A1.
2008-03-31
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The bombardier beetle’s ability to spray a stinging 100°C (212°F) cocktail from its internal “combustion chamber” over a distance 10 times its own length was the inspiration for a team from Leeds University working to improve automotive fuel injectors using mist technology.
2008-03-31
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Cleaning paint fixtures is an important but often time-consuming aspect of the vehicle manufacturing process. KMT Robotic Solutions has launched a robotic cleaning system to remove excess paint on trolleys that transport parts to and from the paint shop, with the goal of reducing the possibility of fire when trolleys are in paint ovens.
2008-03-31
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To operate efficiently, diesel particulate filters (DPFs) need to reach their high operating temperatures quickly if they are to meet legislative requirements for reduced emissions levels. Zircotec thermal coating has been developed to reduce heat loss in diesel exhaust systems, helping DPFs to reach their optimum operating temperature faster.
2011-08-31
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Nitriding piston rings is an established technology to improve efficiency, but Federal-Mogul has developed a new coating for gasoline engine applications claimed to reduce friction by up to 20%.
2011-09-19
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The company plans to add capability to its ContiGuard forward looking braking system that includes "six-dimensional" analysis.
2011-09-23
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The company reveals more details of its significant new electric sub-brand car concepts, the i3 and i8, including power, performance, and build.
2011-09-11
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Specialist companies Exmac Automation and Expert Tooling provide turnkey sunroof installation system for the Land Rover Evoque.
2011-08-26
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The supplier is a member of a partnership developing a concept seat structure using fiber-reinforced materials aimed at cutting weight by 40%.
2011-09-09
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The new Range Rover Evoque uses compact, stylish design, focus on dynamics, and alternative materials to take Land Rover into a fresh market sector.
2011-10-26
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One of the world’s most traditional and oldest automakers is developing a high-performance pure-electric sports car.
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