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Schaeffler tech demonstrator achieves 15% CO2 reduction

An independent testing institute recently confirmed a fuel-economy improvement of more than 15% on a MY2013 Ford Escape retrofitted with Schaeffler's AWD disconnect clutch and a number of other technologies that were designed and developed in North America.

Bose, NXP team up to hush powertrains

The team offers its noise-management capabilities to automakers so they can implement Bose Active Sound Management technology on vehicles that don’t have Bose speakers and amplifiers.

Real-time jobsite management

Topcon Positioning Group launched in 2013 a new web portal,, designed specifically for general construction and engineering companies. The subscription web-based service—accessible via computer, tablet, or smartphone—is a real-time visualization and communications tool that allows users to access jobsite status, create new or update jobsite parameters, and view movement of machines on the job.

Axial piston pumps

Hawe Hydraulics plans to show a variety of axial piston pumps at ConExpo/IFPE 2014, including the new V60N-130 pump type that is a member of the well-established V60N series. The company claims that the V60N-130 pump, in particular, sets new standards in terms of life cycle, efficiency, and control accuracy.

Touchscreen concepts, thin-foam seats among interiors topics at SAE Congress

Technical sessions focused on interiors at the SAE 2014 World Congress span the designated technology areas, including electronics, materials, and safety/testing. One example in the electronics area, to take place April 8 at 9:30 a.m., covers multi-media systems. As part of the discussion, Takata researchers will present new touchscreen concepts such as a smart display surface that could benefit steering-wheel design.

SAE committee to work with VDA on R-744 A/C standards

Interior Climate Control Committee reactivates development of standards for R-744 mobile air-conditioning (carbon dioxide as a refrigerant), after several German automakers choose to renew work on a system. R-1234yf maintains worldwide lead as low-global-warming refrigerant choice to replace R-134a. German association of the auto industry (VDA) assigns R-744 development work to automakers.

Koenigsegg returns to U.S. market with carbon-fiber 'hypercar'

The Agera two-seat sports car has all carbon-fiber body, carbon-fiber wheels, and an in-house developed 5.0-L V8 rated at 1100 hp (821 kW) on premium pump gasoline, 1200 hp (895 kW) on E85. The transmission is a special dual-clutch 7-speed design developed in conjunction with Cima.

Electronic feature additions challenge carmakers to control costs

Adding data buses allows new electronic features, but increases costs from wiring and modules. SAE Congress speakers suggest taking advantage of opportunities to transfer functions and merge modules; and they propose algorithms to give engineers greater choice in circuit routing through harnesses, to replace trial-and-error techniques.

Engine start module

Maxwell Technologies expands the ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module product line from heavy-duty diesel to medium-duty trucks.

Automotive fuels reference book

Written for those who have an interest in or need to understand automotive fuels, SAE International offers the third edition of its best-selling Automotive Fuels Reference Book.

Mobile generators

Kohler Power Systems’ line of mobile generators offer increased power output and customization options.

Hydraulic filtration

Donaldson's FLK delivers a new way to meet efficiency and capacity needs for medium pressure applications.

Proven solutions to enhance customer value

Perkins' Karl Vandermyde believes that the off-highway industry faces no foreseeable regulations that will require new diesel engine technologies, with current technologies being robust and capable of addressing all foreseeable standards.