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The Auto Industry’s Latest and Greatest Engines
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4/26/2016  3 comments
If there’s a rule of thumb in modern engine design, it’s that smaller is better. Smaller engines weigh less, burn less fuel, and simplify packaging.
The Best and Worst of Automotive Headlights
Automotive News 
4/11/2016  33 comments
Higher prices and glitzy new technologies don’t necessarily make for better automotive headlights, a first-ever study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests.
Automakers, Suppliers Ratchet Up Autonomous Car Programs
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4/8/2016  Post a comment
A February letter from federal regulators to Google Inc. appears to have sent automakers and tier-one suppliers scrambling to accelerate their investments in autonomous vehicle technology.
What the Tesla Model 3 Will Mean to the Auto Industry
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3/31/2016  10 comments
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
To Boost Product Reliability, Cut Back on the Excitement
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3/28/2016  6 comments
Consumer Reports’ new automotive reliability survey may be targeted at car buyers, but it also provides hard evidence that product reliability is a choice, and not an accident, for design engineers.
15 of the Auto Industry's Most Reliable Vehicles
Automotive News 
3/22/2016  13 comments
When it comes to automotive reliability, it’s no secret that Japanese cars dominate. Still, Consumer Reports' latest reliability ratings may come as a surprise to some.
15 Vehicles That Get Dinged for Poor Reliability
Automotive News 
3/16/2016  21 comments
Vehicle reliability has climbed steadily the past two decades, but some vehicles still frustrate their owners with repeated issues, says the April issue of Consumer Reports.
The Best Supercars of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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3/9/2016  1 comment
The Geneva International Motor Show has earned a reputation for being the venue for the introduction of so-called “supercars,” and last week’s 2016 version was no exception. Here's a look at best (and fastest) the show had to offer.
The Best of the Chicago Auto Show – Part 2
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2/19/2016  1 comment
If nothing else, our second installment from the Chicago Auto Show proves that vehicles continue to improve in safety and efficiency.
The Best of the Chicago Auto Show - Part 1
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2/17/2016  1 comment
This year’s Chicago Auto Show was big on unusual concept vehicles, ranging from a track-powered SUV to a futuristic car that calls on the driver to steer the car merely by leaning.
See How Electric Vehicle Sales Stalled in 2015
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1/27/2016  32 comments
Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the US fell by about 5% in 2015, despite a record-setting year for the rest of industry.
For Fuel Cell Vehicles to be Successful, Cost-Cutting Will Be Critical
Automotive News 
12/28/2015  13 comments
Infrastructure is usually cited as the hurdle facing the new fuel cell vehicles, but the truth is, cost will be an imposing problem, too.
Automakers Planning the Demise of the Internal Combustion Engine?
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11/13/2015  37 comments
The end may not yet be near, but recent statements by two of the world’s biggest automakers point to the fact that the industry has begun to plan for a dramatic decline in vehicles that are powered solely by internal combustion engines.
You Won't Guess What Makes the BAC Mono Faster Than a Ferrari
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10/22/2015  4 comments
At the recent Autodesk Accelerate event in Boston, the director of product development for a niche hypercar firm replied "no, no, no" to three answers he got for what makes a car go faster. What was the right response?
Self-Driving Cars Are Too Expensive for Mass Production
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10/20/2015  70 comments
A panel of automotive experts at the Renesas DevCon suggested that the technology for such autonomous vehicles is still far too expensive to be practical.
Tesla Introduces New Model X to Cheering Fans
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9/30/2015  8 comments
At a late-night event Tuesday, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the company's long-awaited, all-electric sport utility vehicle.
The Rich Are Getting Most of the EV Subsidies
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9/29/2015  44 comments
A new study by the University of California Berkeley shows the vast majority of electric vehicle tax credits are being paid to the country’s wealthiest households.
Porsche's Just-Unveiled Electric Supercar Features 300-Mile Range, 600 HP
Automotive News 
9/17/2015  19 comments
Porsche is planning to roll out a 600-HP electric car with an 800V electrical architecture and potentially a charging time of just 15 minutes.
Leaders at The Battery Show Call for a Lead-Acid Renaissance in EVs
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9/16/2015  11 comments
Battery industry leaders made a case for automakers to consider lead-acid chemistries as the car industry moves toward increased electrification.
Tesla Promises to Release $35K Sedan in 2017
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9/14/2015  12 comments
Tesla Motors dispelled rumors that it has fallen behind General Motors in the creation of an affordable long-range electric sedan.
EV Battery Production Will Soar in the Next 5 Years
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9/10/2015  5 comments
A new study identifies the factors behind a predicted 20-fold growth in the production of electric vehicle batteries.
Is New Patent a Signal of Ford Readying for Self-Driving Cars?
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8/28/2015  4 comments
In another sign that self-driving cars are on the distant horizon, Ford has been granted a patent for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats.”
Advanced Materials -- and Ridiculous Engine -- Enable Lamborghini's Punishing New Roadster
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8/27/2015  3 comments
Combining ultra-lightweight materials with a monster 750-horsepower engine, engineers at Automobili Lamborghini have created one of the world’s fastest (and most expensive) new convertibles.
What Does the Takata Airbag Case Say About Accelerated Test?
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8/25/2015  12 comments
The widening probe of Takata Corp.’s airbag failures raises an important and largely overlooked question for design engineers: What do the ruptured airbag inflators say about accelerated life testing?
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  28 comments
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  17 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
Ford Aims to Boost Fuel Efficiency With Lightweighting
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5/15/2015  18 comments
If Ford Motor Co.’s recent efforts in lightweighting are any indication, the auto industry is about to go on a diet.
Partial Autonomy Coming, Full Autonomy a Long Way Off
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5/13/2015  1 comment
Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) are poised to become a $102 billion market by 2030, but just a sliver of that technology will be applied to cars that can be fully autonomous in all conditions, according to a new study.
Video: See How Ford Used Virtual Reality to Design the GT Supercar
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5/7/2015  Post a comment
Using a headset and a giant ultra-high definition display, Ford Motor Co. last week provided a glimpse of how virtual reality enabled its engineers to collaborate across continents on the design of its new GT supercar.
Freescale's Pressure Monitors Can Save Lives … and Tires
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4/28/2015  7 comments
If you’ve ever seen a retread fly off a speeding 18-wheeler, then you’ll understand the value in Freescale Semiconductor’s latest tire pressure monitoring effort.
The Best and Greenest Cars of 2015
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4/22/2015  7 comments
If there’s a single theme to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the best green cars -- published just in time for Earth Day -- it’s that fuel efficiency alone isn’t enough.
Is the Volkswagen Microbus Poised for an Electric Comeback?
Automotive News 
4/17/2015  6 comments
Get your Allman Brothers albums ready. The iconic Volkswagen Microbus may be poised for a comeback, and this time it could be electric.
Nissan's Position Sensor Provides Wake-Up Call
Automotive News 
4/16/2015  3 comments
Using a steering angle sensor instead of a camera, Nissan Motor Co. engineers have introduced a simpler way to monitor driver drowsiness.
Audi's New Controller Will Pave the Way for Autonomous Driving
Automotive News 
4/3/2015  24 comments
Audi AG took a big step forward in autonomous driving technology this week, announcing that it will go to production with a “piloted” driving controller about the size of a tablet computer.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
Automotive News 
3/26/2015  8 comments
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
Automotive News 
3/24/2015  13 comments
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  2 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
New Ford Focus Predicts Spin-Outs
Automotive News 
3/3/2015  14 comments
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
What Will it Take for Apple's Next Big Thing to be a Car?
Automotive News 
2/25/2015  22 comments
If any big company can make a sudden and successful leap into the business of building cars, Apple Inc. would have to be considered the most likely candidate.
Smartphone App Opens Your Car Doors
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2/20/2015  5 comments
The smartphone may be on the verge of its next great automotive conquest -- the inside of your car door.
Chevy Bolt Announcement Signals Battery Improvement
Automotive News 
2/17/2015  24 comments
Last week’s news that Chevrolet will take its all-electric Bolt concept car to production could be a sign that there's a step-change in EV battery technology on the horizon.
BMW i3: The 'Most Significant Vehicle Since the Model T'
Automotive News 
2/10/2015  22 comments
A well-known automotive consultant who did an extensive teardown of BMW’s i3 all-electric car said its design is groundbreaking in multiple ways. “We’ve torn down about 450 cars, and we’ve never analyzed anything like this before.”
Start-Stop Gaining Momentum in Cars, Trucks
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2/4/2015  23 comments
With 54.5 mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency standards now just a decade away, automakers and suppliers have begun ratcheting up their efforts to apply start-stop technology to automobiles.
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
1/23/2015  19 comments
The 2015 North American International Auto Show serves as a perfect snapshot of today’s auto industry.
$30K Chevy Bolt Looms as Challenge for GM
Automotive News 
1/15/2015  20 comments
General Motors’ glitzy public unveiling of the Bolt concept car this week shows commitment to the future of electric vehicle technology, but it also heaps pressure on its engineers to meet a challenging set of technical goals.
At CES 2015, Toyota Announces it's Giving Away its Fuel Cell Patents
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1/7/2015  5 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. made its case for a hydrogen future this week, rolling out the hydrogen-powered Mirai and saying that it will grant royalty-free use of thousands of fuel cell patents to competitors.
Supercars Go Hybrid
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1/5/2015  8 comments
Consumers like hybrid powertrains because they burn less fuel and cost less to operate. But the hybrid’s growing popularity is taking it into a relatively new realm.
Lexus' New Concept Car Provides Bold Glimpse of the Future
Automotive News 
12/23/2014  52 comments
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
Taking a Look Back at the Studebaker Assembly Line
Automotive News 
12/17/2014  8 comments
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
Lamborghini Busts Out a Plug-In Hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4
Automotive News 
12/16/2014  18 comments
Automobili Lamborghini is joining the ranks of supercar makers who are moving to greener powertrains.
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