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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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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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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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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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Honda surprises with Civic Concept

2015-04-06
Dramatic new styling for a sporty new Civic coupe presages the all-new tenth-generation model, which will first arrive in four-door sedan form in the fall of this year, to be followed by two-door coupes and five-door hatchbacks.
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MTU develops new turbine blade material in record time

2015-04-06
Turbine blades in TiAl are about half the weight of comparable nickel-alloy components but boast the same reliability and durability. The high aluminum content also makes the material resistant to oxidation and corrosion.
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Altair optimizes 3D-printed structures for complex, lightweight designs

2015-04-02
The company expects to better support the use of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, by releasing new OptiStruct solver capabilities for topology optimization. The company claims this new technology is the first tool developed specifically for designers of lattice structures.
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Cadillac’s 2016 CT6 is a body-engineering benchmark

2015-04-01
GM's all-new premium flagship sedan is about 200 lb (91 kg) lighter than the BMW 5 Series but offers the interior volume of the short-wheelbase 7 Series, thanks to what is arguably the industry’s most aggressive combination of lightweight materials, forming technologies, and new joining methods in a non-exotic sedan.
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Audi details piloted driving technology

2015-04-01
Before autonomous vehicles make drivers obsolete, electronic technologies will depend on people to make decisions when something unusual happens.
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Additive-manufacturing alloys

2015-04-01
NanoSteel expands its additive manufacturing material capabilities to support metal 3D printing of complex high hardness parts.
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The quest for the self-cleaning car

2015-04-01
New water-rejecting coating explored by chemists at University College London and other universities makes for tough self-cleaning surfaces that might work on motor vehicles.
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Cadillac pursues aluminum/steel mix for new CT6 luxury sedan

2015-04-01
To equip its flagship sedan for the challenge, Cadillac designers and engineers have built the CT6 on a unique vehicle architecture, an aluminum-intensive body structure that is fully one-third steel. Twenty-one patents are pending for the new full-size, rear-wheel-drive, transverse-engine configuration, a variation of GM’s Omega II platform.
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Fan driver

2015-03-31
Melexis introduces the MLX90297, a 600-mA single coil fan driver integrated circuit developed for energy efficient cooling system designs.
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