Weight reduction has been an ongoing theme for Land Rover in recent years, with significant reductions for both the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover. With the launch of the Discovery Sport, unveiled at the 2014 Paris Moor Show, Land Rover is extending the weight reduction theme with engine downsizing.
As populations in sprawling urban areas rise, commuting will become a bigger challenge. Connected cars are likely to leverage connectivity to help commuters reach destinations using different modes of transportation, further driving development teams to collaborate more extensively within their companies and with outsiders from many fields.
Continuing with design themes established with last year’s Q30 concept, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration hybrid concept that debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show also showcases what’s on the horizon from the luxury brand in the powertrain and connectivity realms.
Schaeffler Group engineers are targeting an 11-mpg gain in combined city/highway fuel efficiency on its Ford Escape fuel-efficiency demonstrator, using 48-V electrification and a novel engine-accessory drive system.
The model-based systems engineering approach allows Renault to evaluate, throughout the development phases, the key attributes of the complete vehicle including the engine, transmission, actuators, and chassis.
The crossover concept is an important vehicle for Toyota, demonstrating the Japanese automaker's desire for more "engaging" design—a key attribute particularly in the highly competitive European C-segment market.
MAN gave the first public showing of its new flagship truck engine at the recent IAA Hanover CV Show. The engine, identified by its code number D3876, is an in-line six-cylinder diesel displacing 15.2 L. It will replace the D2868 16.2-L V8 as MAN’s largest-capacity truck diesel engine.
With its European base and global presence, it would only make sense that Airbus would take a leading role in the EU’s CleanSky 2, a joint technology initiative that is the follow-up to the CleanSky aerospace research program.