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Designing toward future-proof technology

2015-04-13
Demands for optimized fuel usage, higher efficiency, and cost reduction set the trends for innovation in the off-highway sector, says ZF's Hermann Beck.
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As equipment innovations evolve, tires must keep up

2015-04-13
The basic concept of the tire hasn’t changed since stone rollers used to help build the pyramids--it’s the way we make them and the design that has changed, says Ydo Doornbos of Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas.
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2016 Optima gets upgraded UVO

2015-04-10
The twins-under-the-skin Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata are fraternal only, as they share nothing in terms of external and interior styling. The product planning teams for each brand also get to introduce other differentiators, in the case of Optima a markedly different infotainment systems than Sonata.
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New XF moves to Jaguar's aluminum architecture

2015-04-09
Adapted from the XE and XJ platform, and sized between those two models, the XF's body-in-white is made of 75% aluminum. Two engines are offered at launch, both supercharged 3.0-L V6s.
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Lexus sharpens best-selling RX for 2016

2015-04-08
The new crossover features chiseled styling with "floating" roofline look, low-cost safety systems package, and a 3.5-L V6 with output increased to 300 hp (224 kW).
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McLaren debuts new entry-level Sports Series

2015-04-08
The 570S, which represents an entry level alongside the company’s existing Super Series and Ultimate Series models, introduces a new carbon-fiber monocoque chassis for the company that has larger door openings for more convenient ingress and egress.
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Smart collaboration results in new Fortwo

2015-04-08
It's the same length, has some carryover styling cues, but the 2016 U.S. model is a new engineering execution co-developed by Mercedes-Benz and Renault. It features a new 0.9-L turbocharged three-cylinder, a choice of two transmissions, and better ride quality.
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Cars look inside themselves

2015-04-08
Rear- and forward-facing cameras have made big inroads, but cameras that monitor interiors haven’t seen much acceptance. That may change, driven partially by the shift to semi-autonomous driving.
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