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2008-04-11
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The design theme of a Johnson Controls' concept interior accents the idea of good things coming in threes. Called the I3—which stands for interface, integration, and ingenuity—the vehicle includes "industry-first technologies for vehicle interiors."
2008-04-11
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A number of 2008 production vehicles feature interior components from a supplier whose name may be less familiar than the names attached to recent acquisitions.
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.
2008-04-11
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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 Toshiba Storage Device Division has boosted the capacity of its automotive-grade disk drive to 80 GB and improved its operating range. The move comes as market analysts predict that drives will remain a niche product in the U.S.
2008-04-11
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When supercar-beating performance is the main development bogey, vehicle engineers often embrace new solutions. Nissan went to BorgWarner for expertise in developing the six-speed dual-clutch transmission for its all-new 2008 GT-R, which features a rear-mounted transaxle.
2008-04-11
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General Motors is making energy conservation a key part of its strategic focus, with a number of programs designed to cut fuel consumption in all parts of the globe. And though Vice Chairman Bob Lutz is confident that GM can gain a lead position in the new focus on green vehicles, he’s not shy about criticizing government regulations that are helping drive the transition.
2008-04-11
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Of all the production piston engines in GM’s 100-year history, only the Allison aero V-12 that powered World War II fighter planes produced more power than the new LS9 V8 that will power the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Although GM has yet to certify the 6.2-L LS9 to SAE J1379 standards, its maximum torque target is above 600 lb•ft (813 N•m), and dyno testing has shown that 90% of peak torque is produced from 2600 to 6000 rpm.
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.
2008-04-11
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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.
2008-04-10
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A LIN (local interconnect network) in-vehicle networking system—mainly used in automotive body and comfort applications—consists of a single master node and several slave nodes. For correct LIN operation, each node must have a unique address assigned to it prior to the start of the normal communication mode.
2008-04-10
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The dual-core processors that dominate the PC world are slowly making their way into automotive applications. However, for the technology to make significant inroads, OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are seeking help from tool and chip providers.
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.
2008-03-31
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On April 30, I will retire from SAE International after 34 years of service. In this, my penultimate “Focus” article, I thought that an appropriate subject would be change.
2008-03-31
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According to InterRegs, China recently has implemented a new standard, GB 20997-2007, which specifies mandatory fuel-consumption limits for both goods vehicles and buses with a GVW not exceeding 3500 kg.
2008-03-31
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The European Union recently published a draft regulation containing proposed emissions limits for heavy-duty vehicles, known as Euro VI. According to InterRegs, the requirements will be applicable to all goods vehicles with a GVW exceeding 3500 kg and to all passenger vehicles with more than nine seats. 
2008-03-31
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Three variations on a theme, the theme being environmentally responsible cars propelled by advanced powertrain systems. In a nutshell, that describes Chrysler’s intent with the three very different-looking—but technology-wise, somewhat similar—concept vehicles it revealed in January at the NAIAS.
2008-03-31
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When Franz von Holzhausen, Mazda’s North American Director of Design, revved the Furai concept’s 450-hp rotary engine, the company’s NAIAS exhibition stand rumbled, and a sharp cracking sound echoed throughout the hall. “It sounds good, doesn’t it?” von Holzhausen asked as he exited the vehicle to address the crowd.
2008-03-31
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Ford’s Explorer America is the automaker’s first glimpse of how it plans to move the Explorer nameplate onto a smaller, unibody, more fuel efficient crossover-utility (CUV) architecture beginning in 2010.
2008-03-31
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The 9-4X BioPower makes public Saab’s intentions to enter the growing crossover segment. It combines an engine optimized for ethanol with vehicle design elements developed by a team under Anthony Lo, General Motors Europe’s Director of Advanced Design.
2008-03-31
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While critics of Hummer may be quick to call the HX concept an exercise in green washing, such an assessment would be limiting. If anything, the HX represents a potentially wise business move on the part of General Motors, since a production version—perhaps dubbed the H4—would be a worthy competitor to the Jeep Wrangler.
2008-03-31
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While the France-based automaker has no action plans for re-entering the U.S. marketplace, the company is very active in the emerging markets.
2008-03-31
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The arrival of the LoneStar signals Navistar’s bid to mesh a customized look with an aerodynamic design.
2008-03-31
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As China rolls out its HDTV format during preparations for this summer's Olympics, broadcasting to vehicles is a key requirement. The standard that came into use late last year will be deployed on thousands of buses and cars in Beijing during the games.
2008-03-31
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As government regulations spur automakers to trim emissions and fuel consumption, engine control systems are getting increased attention from chipmakers. Infineon has boosted the performance of its controllers, prompting BMW to tap the chipmaker's line for its M Series engine.
2008-03-31
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A part of Continental Automotive Systems’ Vision Zero road-safety package, the company’s adaptive cruise control (ACC) features a radar sensor and computer in the front of the car that measures the distance from the vehicle in front and the relative speed of the two vehicles.
2008-03-31
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“Is an extremely affordable car a good thing?” As is the case with most topics, this answer depends on your viewpoint and frame of reference.
2008-03-31
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Called the Nano, Tata Motors' one-lakh ($2500) “people’s car” can "comfortably seat four persons” in its four-wheel, four-door, rear-engine, rear-drive package, according to the company. The long-awaited unveiling of the car took place in January at the Auto Expo in New Dehli.
2008-03-31
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After establishing the luxury passenger car market in India a decade ago, Daimler is constructing a new Mercedes-Benz assembly plant about 15 km (9 mi) from its current one in Pune/Chikhali. The new Pune/Chakan facility, like the existing one, will produce the S-Class, E-Class, C-Class, and commercial trucks for the Indian market.
2008-03-31
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The European Commission in December said that soon it will propose a regulation on “the carbon content of fuels, notably through a greater use of biofuels.” The commission also expects to propose a rule on the efficiency of tires and other components (aside from the engine) that contribute to improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
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