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2008-12-23
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NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) plans to issue a final rule on vehicle roof strength next spring, according to InterRegs. The rule as proposed would increase the load that could be withstood from 1.5 times the vehicle's own weight, as currently required, to 2.5 times its own weight. 
2008-12-23
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When the Chevrolet crossover debuts next summer, it will be offered with two new direct-injected (DI) engines—a 2.4-L four-cylinder and a 3.0-L V6. The 2.4-L is expected to deliver an estimated 30 mpg in highway driving, though EPA certification is pend­ing, placing the Equinox at the top of its segment in highway mileage.
2008-12-22
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Kia Motors began selling its all-new Kia Soul "urban crossover" late this year in 15 derivatives with two engine choices, two transmission choices, and five equipment levels.
2008-12-22
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General Motors Holden will build an all-new s­mall car in Australia starting in the third quarter of 2010 with support from Federal and South Australian Governments. Based on General Motors' global Delta small-car platform that underpins the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and Opel, Vauxhall, and Saturn Astra, the new ­front-wheel-drive vehicle (shown in this concept sketch) will be built as a sedan and hatchback at the Elizabeth manufacturing facility in South Australia.
2008-12-22
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Recognizing the criticality of cultivating American expertise in the development and production of lithium-ion batteries for automobiles, the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting a new government-industry alliance to do just that.
2008-12-22
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The series 660 embeddable accelerometers from IMI Sensors are suitable for continuous shock and vibration monitoring in high-volume and commercial OEM applications.
2008-12-22
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Schreiner ProTech features a laser sealing technology-based manufacturing process for airbag wraps that offers reliability and cost efficiency.
2008-12-22
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The European Parliament on Dec. 17 settled on binding long-range targets for climate impact and energy consumption. All industries are expected to contribute to achievement of year-2020 targets in three main areas.
2008-12-22
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General Motors Corp. aims to begin production of the engine for the Chevrolet Volt as scheduled in late 2010, but for now it is slowing construction of the plant where the 1.4-L four-cylinder will be built.
2008-12-22
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PSA Peugeot Citroën and energy company Electricité de France (EDF) have formed a collaborative partnership to support the development and marketing of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
2008-12-22
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The AstraLED RGB (red, green, and blue) from Lumex is suitable for a wide variety of automotive applications that require bright, intense light with low power consumption.
2008-12-19
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Revolve Technologies, formerly Roush Technologies of the U.K., has developed a hydrogen bi-fuel conversion system for gasoline engines. The company recently displayed its demonstration vehicle based on a Ford Transit cargo van powered by the 2.3-L four-cylinder gasoline engine available as an option with Transit models sold in Europe.
2008-12-19
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The Car 2 Car Communication Consortium staged its first practical demonstration of the system’s capabilities in trials at the Opel test track at Dudenhofen, near Frankfurt in Germany. The European consortium, a collaboration between OEMs and open to suppliers and research organizations, aims to promote safety systems through vehicle-to-vehicle communications.
2008-12-19
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A consortium to develop a retrofit hybrid-electric drive system for light commercial vehicles has been formed in the U.K. between Cranfield University and the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, with assistance from Provector, Oxford University, and Millbrook Proving Ground.
2008-12-19
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Mercedes-Benz claims fuel cost reductions of up to 60% for its concept Econic natural-gas hybrid garbage truck and reduced diesel consumption of up to 30% for the Econic diesel hybrid garbage truck. Volvo Trucks is set to deliver four hybrid garbage trucks to garbage-handling company Veolia Propreté. The vehicles are to begin trials in London and Paris in fall 2009.
2008-12-19
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A proposal for a new city bus for London, England, is the basis for a new vehicle designed to carry both passengers and freight for urban collection and distribution. The objective is to exploit periods when demand for passenger transportation is reduced, with a vehicle that can be adapted to carry both freight and passengers.
2008-12-19
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Combining an efficient product development process, new engineering tools, and careful choices on options to reduce complexity made for a smooth program for the 2009 Ram.
2008-12-18
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The World Trade Organization on Dec. 15 denied an appeal by China regarding that country's imposition of what the U.S. and certain other countries consider illegal tariffs on imported auto parts, according to the Office of the U.S.
2008-12-18
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When production will begin at a new U.S. plant for Toyota's Prius hybrid-electric vehicle is up in the air. Citing an ailing auto market, the company issued a statement Dec. 15 saying it is suspending certain activities related to getting the Blue Springs, MS, plant up and running.
2008-12-17
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Daimler AG has acquired a 49.9% stake in Evonik Industries AG's Li-Tec subsidiary to advance Evonik's lithium-ion battery technology. The German companies are seeking a third partner with expertise in electical and electronic systems integration.
2008-12-15
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Kits contain clutch driven discs with enhanced damping features to provide satisfactory damping with matched-design solid flywheels.
2008-12-15
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Capable of handling large engine parts and new material types, Bekaert’s diamond-like carbon coating machine is used in both the automotive and racing industries.
2008-12-15
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California has adopted a sweeping set of measures, including some targeting the automotive industry, to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in the state to 1990 levels. CARB (California Air Resources Board) will promulgate the target-setting measures into specific regulations over the next two years.
2008-12-15
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According to InterRegs, at the November session of the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (also known as WP.29), the draft global technical regulation (GTR) on pedestrian protection was finally adopted.
2008-12-15
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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions’ expanded CAD Service now includes inch-version CAD files for linear hydraulic seals.
2008-12-15
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With a trunnion-style ball construction, Innovative Pressure Technologies’ compact switching ball valves deliver three-way performance at working pressures up to 6000 psi (41,369 kPa) in a bottom-ported, compact 3.20- x 1.25- x 2.5-in (81.3- x 31.8- x 63.5-mm) package.
2008-12-12
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BMW's second-generation iDrive system and an interior application on the 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck represent new business for a Germany-headquartered supplier.
2008-12-12
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Wavelength-scanned cavity ring down spectroscopy (WS-CRDS) is a recently commercialized technology from Picarro Inc. that enables small molecules to be quantitatively detected using their unique near IR absorption lines. In a WS-CRDS instrument, light from a wavelength-tunable laser diode enters the sampling cavity that contains three mirrors with exceptionally high (>99.999%) reflectivity.
2008-12-11
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Global driveline supplier GKN was the first Western company to set up an auto components joint venture in China. It recently celebrated its 20th anniversary there and announced the imminent arrival of three new torque-handling products for Chinese and Asian AWD vehicles.
2008-12-11
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Since the 1990s, robot capabilities have advanced in speed, accuracy, and repeatability, along with payload. Combined with offline programming as part of a complete manufacturing simulation package, not only are robots cheaper to buy, but they are also easier to program.