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2013-02-27
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Lexus tops the ranks of Consumer Reports' just-released 2013 annual Car Brand Report Card—the second time in February that the brand has topped the ratings of an influential report issued as a car-buyer aid.
2014-02-24
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In a recent report, owners of MY2011 vehicles reported a higher rate of problems than did owners of MY2010 vehicles in a similar report a year ago. Lexus had the best overall score for the third year in a row in J.D.
2014-10-29
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) on Oct. 29 announced its intention to sell its Ferrari S.p.A unit. The separation will be effected through a public offering of FCA's interest in Ferrari equal to 10% of Ferrari's outstanding shares and a distribution of FCA's remaining Ferrari shares to FCA shareholders.
2012-03-14
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Bridgestone is undertaking research in the United States to develop the Guayule plant as an alternative source of rubber. The company says the perennial shrub native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico produces natural rubber in its bark and roots.
2015-09-08
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The quest to make new vehicles lighter involves much more than just using aluminum and plastics. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at "ultra-high-strength" steels, the new materials that are lighter and vastly stronger than automotive steels of the past.
2009-01-10
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Mazda Motor Corp. claims a world first with the application of its single-nanocatalyst technology, which is said to control material structures on an even smaller scale than nanotechnology, in the underfloor catalytic converter in the new Mazda3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) when it goes on sale this year.
2014-10-21
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Novelis has officially opened what it claims is China's first plant dedicated to the production of heat-treated aluminum automotive sheet, making the company the only one producing automotive aluminum sheet in all three of the world's major automobile producing regions: Asia, Europe, and North America.
2014-05-29
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It’s a very long way from building $10,000 Ford Escorts to being responsible for a company making $1.5 million super cars, but Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, has completed the journey. “Basically, building one car is similar to building any other,” he says modestly.
2012-10-22
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Autoliv said Oct. 19 that it will expand its technical center for active safety and vehicle restraint development in Shanghai, China. The expansion will enable the company to increase its crash testing, engineering of passive and active safety systems, and global core airbag development in China.
2016-04-25
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Honeywell has entered into a supply agreement and technology license with an Indian manufacturer to produce Honeywell Solstice yf, an automobile refrigerant with a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1.
2008-12-04
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As part of its move away from trucks and to cars, Ford Motor Co. on Nov. 26 ceased production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator at the Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, MI. The company said it will invest an additional $75 million in improvements to the body shop, plus improvements of an undisclosed amount in other areas.
2011-08-02
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The off-the-shelf piston engines that have been the only choice for developing range-extended EVs are rapidly being replaced by ICEs designed from scratch for fairly constant load in series hybrids, according to the IDTechEx Research report “Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles 2011-2021,” available from Research and Markets at http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/c66014/range_extenders_fo.
2013-07-17
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NASCAR has announced 11 technology goals aimed at making the stock-car racing organization more transparent with race teams and more relevant with fans. A few of the initiatives—part of a mandate issued by Chairman Brian France 18 months ago—will be implemented by 2014; most will be in place by the 2015 season. 
2013-02-21
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SMILE FC System Corp. (“SMILE FC”), a joint venture between U.K.-based Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corp. has established a ready-to-scale production plant for its fuel-cell systems in Yokohama, Japan.
2013-05-13
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Volvo Car Group on May 13 began production of its new four-cylinder engine family that includes gasoline and diesel variants on a platform known as the Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA). The company invested about 2 billion kronor (about U.S. $303.7 million) to expand its plant in Skövde by 4500 m² (48,000 ft²) for the new engine line, preparations for which began two years ago.
2013-09-03
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For the first time at Volkswagen, a “collaborative robot” is now being used at one of the OEM’s plants, according to Universal Robots, supplier of the device. The Danish robot maker says its UR5 unit inserts glow plugs in various diesel engines at VW’s engine plant in Salzgitter, Germany.
2014-01-07
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Because its engineers have made faster progress than expected, Toyota will offer a fuel-cell car in the U.S. in 2015—earlier than it had planned—the company announced Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
2014-04-01
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The flywheel energy-storage technology that was used in, among other things, the Le Mans-winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being sold by Williams to GKN Land Systems for use mainly in mass-transit vehicles.
2014-07-15
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Opel recently broke ground on a €210 million expansion of its Rüsselsheim International Technical Development center (ITDC) that will be used to develop and test engines. The 36,000-m² (400,000-ft²) expansion will be completed in 2017.
2013-02-04
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Daimler AG will take a 12% stake in BAIC (Beijing Automotive Group) as the latter prepares to launch an initial public offering (IPO). That aspect of the deal announced Feb. 1 is expected to be concluded by the end of 2013 or early in 2014, subject to government approvals.
2008-03-31
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters is blasting a congressional committee’s proposal to raise the federal fuel tax 5 to 8 cent/gal per year (from the current 18.4 cent/gal) over the next five years to generate revenues needed for improving the nation’s surface-transportation system.
2008-10-23
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NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in early October issued a final rule that spells out more clearly for consumers which seats in a vehicle afford full safety. The agency took action to better define what constitutes a designated seating position (DSP) because of concerns that it's not clear in some vehicles; an example is a vehicle with a second or third row that has room for three passengers but has only two seating positions that provide full safety protection.
2008-12-08
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Two SAE International cooperative research programs (CRPs) sponsored by most of the world's largest automakers have found that the alternative refrigerant HFO1234yf offers "significant environmental benefits" while posing no significant risks related to safety (e.g., toxicology, flammability) when used in vehicle A/C systems.
2008-08-21
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Fires started by faulty lithium batteries are a major concern for air freight haulers such as Federal Express, which teamed up with Ventura Aerospace to develop an electronics system that smothers fires with foam that lasts up to four hours.
2008-06-30
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Researchers at the German Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and Systems Reliability (LBF) are convinced that next-generation lightweight aircraft designs will require intelligent load-monitoring technologies to make sure that the residual fatigue life and structural health of an aircraft can be realistically detected or calculated.
2014-09-09
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The marriage of vehicle electronics with mechanical systems is growing ever closer in intimacy, as the organizers of the first Convergence conference 40 years ago expected. Counseling on that relationship—and the crucial conflicts (e.g., simplicity vs. complexity) that must be resolved for a happy and resilient union—will be offered at SAE 2014 Convergence in the form of a seven-session panel program.
2017-09-14
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One of the most significant developments in internal combustion engine (ICE) technology for decades, Mazda’s innovative Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SpCCI) combustion system is slated for production in 2018.
2008-06-30
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The constantly growing air travel sector may soon be facing the limits of its infrastructure: Within the next 20 years the world's 100 most important airports will not be able to grow any further according to the Bauhaus Luftfahrt organization.
2010-01-28
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Late last year NASA chose three candidates for its next venture to another celestial body in the solar system. One in particular involves studying the similarities and differences between Earth and Venus, and what took the latter down a "hellish path."
2008-10-02
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The aircraft industry is leveling off after a lengthy boom, but it’s expected to plateau nicely instead of seeing the sharp drops of past cycles.
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