Mahwah, NJ —Jaguar recently unveiled the X-Type—its smallest and "most affordable" sports saloon (that's sedan to us Yanks). The car goes on sale next summer in Europe and by the end of the year in other markets. The X-Type is aimed at competing with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C Class, and Volvo S60.
Big technical news is that the X-Type's standard powertrain is all-wheel drive, the first on a Jaguar. And while details are not included in the information released so far, driving aficionados may be teased by the 5-speed stick shown in the interior photo—a break from the "automatics only" policy in the U.S. market for many years. Engine choices are a 2.5- and 3.0-liter V6 derived from those used in the larger Jaguar S-Type sedan (see DN, 7/19/99, p. 52).
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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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