Friday, 18 December 2015
One thing is for sure, 2016 could be an interesting year in the life of Ford’s F-150 pick-up truck that this year saw the automaker launch aluminium into the sector as well as a new family of EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engines.
Thursday, 17 December 2015
A new and exciting high-performance diesel engine application for compacted graphite iron (CGI), together with its British connection and offering 105 bhp/litre, pushes out the boundaries of conventional CGI use into demanding areas where safety, reliability and performance are paramount.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015
Maline Persson joins Ricardo plc in the UK from next month as a non-executive director.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Diesel equipment specialist Delphi is working with Tula Technology Inc. to widen the appeal of Dynamic Skip Fire, a system of cylinder deactivation. A 1.8-litre gasoline engine will run in 2016.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Saturday, 5 December 2015
NISSAN executives have rejected claims that a move by the French government to strengthen its grip on the carmaker's partner Renault poses a threat to jobs in the North-East of the UK.
Friday, 4 December 2015
GAZ Group, Russia’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles (CVs), has completed what Vadim Sorokin, group president, hails as “the most complex and large-scale project GAZ has implemented in the last 15 years.”
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Pickup trucks are vital to profits at Ford Motor Company, hence its announcement of a $1.3 billion investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the redesigned 2017 Super Duty truck range.
Monday, 30 November 2015
This year's Harbour Report praises the press shop at Volkswagen‘s Wolfsburg plant, havingtaken some top positions and proved its outstanding performance.
When it comes to the Harbour Report, issued by US management consultancy Oliver Wyman, many automakers are more than happy to keep quiet about their rankings, often claiming its contents are "confdential" as an excuse for revealing fugures.
But VW wants to be seen in a good light at the moment, so any ‘good‘ news is good news.
The Habour Report compares and assesses a number of items including the press shops of all the world's key automakers. It also undertakes plant-by-plant assessments. In this study a comparson of "the most productive" automotive manufacturers is produced. The current report compares 124 press shops of 18 different automakers.
Thomas Ulbrich, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for production: "In view of its size and significance in the production of parts for the high-volume models of the Volkswagen brand, the Wolfsburg press shop plays a key role within the Group. The outstanding results obtained in the Harbour Reports confirm the successful development of the Wolfsburg press shop."
Jens Herrmann, Wolfsburg plant manager, said: "Since it was commissioned four years ago, our large-format press has already taken first place in the Harbour Report three times. This result bears witness to the quality and precision of the Wolfsburg plant."
Large-format press line 500 in Hall 1A took first place in the category of transfer XL presses. The Wolfsburg press shop also performed very well in the category of progressive die. Press line 810 in Hall 2 once again took second place.
Markus Lange, manager of the press shop, is equally pleased about the very good performance of the press shop in fact, he would be disappointed if it wasn’t.
"Once again, our highly motivated team has been a key factor in winning these awards," he said, proudly.
Every day, the Wolfsburg press shop processes some 2,600 metric tons of steel sheet and produces almost half a million body parts. These parts are used for the models Golf, Golf Sportsvan, Touran and Tiguan as well as for the modular transverse toolkit (MQB) platform at 20 other plants. 2,000 people are employed in the Volkswagen Group's largest and oldest press shop
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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Friday, 20 November 2015
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Saturday, 14 November 2015
For the first time, a diesel engine in a main battle tank (MBT) is using a compacted graphite iron (CGI) vee cylinder block.
Friday, 13 November 2015
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
The take-rate of the 2.7 litre V6 gasoline turbocharged engine in America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150, has continued to increase and, for the first half of the 2015, finished at 25 per cent.
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
The next 10 days will decide the future direction of Volkswagen AG as the company’s boss and head of the works council meet to thrash out the way forward for the troubled company.
Monday, 9 November 2015
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Is Mazda Motor Corporation about to push its rotary engine back into showrooms? Judging by the RX-Vision sports car concept it unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, it looks like it is. But when?
Friday, 6 November 2015
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Monday, 2 November 2015
Pressure is growing on sales executives at Cummins Inc. to find new customers for the ISV5.0 V8 diesel engine in the wake of the company’s latest sales dip.
Saturday, 31 October 2015
In the wake of its diesel emissions scandal, Volkswagen has reafﬁrmed its planned investments at the Chattanooga location and production of an all-new SUV for the US market.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
At a time when scandal-hit Volkswagen Group has lost its sales crown to Toyota Motor Corporation, comes news from Frost & Sullivan (F&S) that VW sales are expected to fall by 2-4 per cent by 2020.
Monday, 26 October 2015
EcoMotors has today broken its long silence to report that it has secured a lead investor for its largest customer, Zhongding Power, giving renewed emphasis for the opposed-piston two-stroke diesel engine (opoc) the two firms are engaged in bringing to market.
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Friday, 23 October 2015
Thursday, 22 October 2015
General Motors is to double its workforce at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly by adding a second shift and more than 1,200 hourly and salaried jobs.
Daimler AG continued with its strategy and again set new records for unit sales and revenue in the third quarter. With sales of 720,000 cars and commercial vehicles, the company sold 13 per cent more vehicles between July and September than in the prior-year period.
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Monday, 19 October 2015
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Chairman of the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG, Hans Dieter Pötsch, has requested the chairman of the supervisory board of Daimler AG, Dr. Manfred Bischoff, to release Dr. Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, Daimler’s legal specialist.
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Volkswagen is to recall about 8.5 million vehicles in Europe (EU28 markets), including some 2.4 million vehicles in Germany, according to KBA - the Federal Motor Transport Authority.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
The average gap between real-world figures and drive cycle test results is growing across the industry. This may suggest that Volkswagen is not the only guilty party when it comes to fixing figures, says Transport & Environment (T&E).
Monday, 12 October 2015
Paul Willis, managing director of Volkswagen UK, appeared today before the Transport Select Committee of the UK’s House of Commons in Parliament to answer questions from MPs in connection with the "defeat device" that VW ﬁtted to its cars.
Thursday, 8 October 2015
More changes at the top of VW in preparation for the tougher months ahead in the wake of the implications of its emissions scandal, as Frank Witter (56) is appointed member of the board of management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Finance and Controlling.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Frost & Sullivan claims that Volkswagen's concession of corporate wrongdoing in circumventing EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) testing in the U.S. has sent the global automotive industry into a tail spin and substantially pushed back developments in clean diesel technology and internal combustion engines (ICE) by years.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
The Institute for Transport Studies in the UK has made road-side tests on cars with Euro VI diesel engines and found their emissions to be at least five time higher than the Euro tests demand.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Surprise, surprise, Porsche PR man Hans-Gerd Bode (54) has taken over as head of group communications, investor relations and external relations at Volkswagen AG with immediate effect. He succeeds Stephan Grühsem (53); he leaves the company "by amicable agreement".
Perhaps it was only expected that after falling out with an old girlfriend, i.e., Ford Motor Company, Navistar had to choose the only other girl on the US shelf, namely, General Motors.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Ricardo claims it has demonstrated processes for evaluating the emission technologies of diesel cars under the forthcoming Real Driving Emissions (RDE) regulations which aim to ensure on-road compliance with published type approval data for fuel economy and emissions.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Monday, 28 September 2015
According to the Huffington Post, Daniel Carder, an unassuming 45-year-old engineer with grey hair and blue jeans, appears an unlikely type to take down one of the world's most powerful companies.
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Friday, 25 September 2015
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
On a day when the fall in the share price of Volkswagen AG almost doubled and its plight continued to spiral downwards, the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has given a view about passenger car emissions testing without passing comment one way or the other about the dilemma faced by Volkswagen Group in Germany, and possibly other automakers in Europe.
“The UK automotive industry understands the concerns consumers may have following the actions of one manufacturer in regard to emissions testing and the subsequent decision to recall a large number of its cars. This is, however, an issue affecting just one company and there is no evidence to suggest that any other company is involved, let alone that this is an industry-wide issue.
“Consumers should be reassured that cars sold in the UK must comply with strict European laws. All cars must complete a standard emissions test, which, unlike in the US, is independently witnessed by a government-appointed independent agency.
“On the separate on-going debate about real-world testing, industry accepts that the current test method for cars is out of date and is seeking agreement from the European Commission for a new emissions test that embraces new testing technologies and which is more representative of on-road conditions.”
UK Car emissions testing
Why is it done? All cars sold in the UK have to undergo an official emissions test under EU law. This is to ensure they meet the latest emissions standards, as set by the European Commission, before they can be sold to the consumer.
The latest emissions standard is Euro-6 – and all new cars registered in the EU from 1 September 2015 are required to meet this standard. A range of emissions is tested, including carbon monoxide, particulate matter, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (NOx).
What is the test? It is a laboratory test, which ensures consistency and absolute comparability from one vehicle to another. The vehicle is put onto a ‘rolling road’ and fitted with equipment to measure emissions. The vehicle will then perform a standardised drive cycle known as the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) – which contains set acceleration/deceleration levels, and replicates different driving conditions.
If the vehicle emits levels of pollutants lower than the limits set for the Euro-6 standard, it will receive a Euro-6 approval certificate, meaning the vehicle can be sold.
What are the conditions of the test? The test is carried out in a controlled temperature of 20-30C, and the car must be calibrated to the specification as sold to the customer.
All of the vehicle’s components must be present and cannot be tampered with. For example, the alternator belt must be intact and the brakes must function fully to pass testing. The vehicle will be checked to ensure it has the same tyre pressures, fluid levels and components as it would have on the road.
Who carries out the test? The test is carried out in a government-approved test facility, with a government-appointed independent witness.
Who governs the test? The EU test operates in strict conditions and is witnessed by a government-appointed independent approval agency. In the UK, this is the Vehicle Certification Agency, which is responsible to the Department for Transport.
How old is the test? The current test dates back to 1996.
What is the difference between the EU test and the US test? In the US, the official tests are carried out by the manufacturer and not witnessed by an independent third-party as they are in the EU. The results are submitted to the US Environmental
Monday, 21 September 2015
Volkswagen shares fell some 18 per cent on the first full day off trading following the EPA finding that algorithms on some VW Group cars could manipulate emissions limits.
Saturday, 19 September 2015
Friday, 18 September 2015
There's a bit of a buzz in the air in San Antonio, Texas. For there, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMT) has a strategy to ramp up pick-up truck production.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015
Jaguar’s F-PACE performance crossover for with its lightweight aluminium architecture provides further business for suppliers of major technology and component suppliers.
Sunday, 13 September 2015
As auto executives pay homage by attending Europe's top-class automotive event – this year's Frankfurt motor show, just starting – their minds will be on other matters.
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Saturday, 5 September 2015
Friday, 4 September 2015
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Friday, 28 August 2015
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Monday, 17 August 2015
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
JaguarLandRover (JLR) is to build a new manufacturing plant in the city of Nitra in western Slovakia to build aluminium-intensive vehicles from 2018 onwards.
Thursday, 6 August 2015
General Motors is to invest $877 million to build a new body shop for the assembly plant, locating it closer to the Flint Metal Centre, which supplies sheet metal and other parts used in the Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups produced in the Flint assembly plant.
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Chevrolet will add a new “clean diesel” engine to the lineup in 2017, featuring a B20-capable 1.6-litre diesel already proven in Europe and other global markets. B20 is a bio-diesel with 80% content petroleum-diesel.
Monday, 3 August 2015
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Delivery giant UPS, which has been in the vanguard of alternative fuels (last year it rolled out a fleet of 1,000 propane-powered delivery vehicles in Oklahoma and Louisiana), today has given its backing to Neste’s renewable diesel.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Monday, 27 July 2015
Teksid, the foundry arm of Fiat Group, is to boost its production of cylinder blocks and other engine components in compacted graphite iron (CGI).
Thursday, 23 July 2015
General Motors has reported a strong earnings growth for the second quarter with net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.1 billion, which included a $1.1 billion loss from special items before tax.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Plastic automotive parts maker Nifco UK, based at Eaglescliffe, near Stockton is to agree a deal with developers to launch the latest phase of the firm’s expansion as it plans to build the firm’s third new factory this decade.
Sales of Toyota and Lexus Hybrid models have passed the 100,000 mark for the first time in half-yearly sales. Sales of cars with BMW diesels will also increase.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
When Volkswagen introduced its high-performance 2-litre diesel, engineers adopted a twin-turbocharger layout; quite different to the simplified in-house single-turbo route taken by Daimler for its OM 471 truck diesel engine.
Friday, 17 July 2015
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
As Jaguar scales new heights in terms of production, output, quality and technical expertise, a new book depicts how Sir John Egan ‘saved’ the company from extinction and put it on a new footing. He even rescued the name 'Jaguar'.
Ford will next year add SCR deNOx technology to its heavier Transit van and chassis-cab models to comply with upcoming Euro 6.1 emission requirements applicable to diesel vehicles under 3.5 tonne gvw. Alan Bunting reports
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Jennifer Rumsey, vice president of engineering for Cummins' engine business, is replacing Dr. John Wall as chief technical officer as the company begins production of its new ISV5.0 diesel.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Daimler AG is manufacturing diesel engine turbochargers in-house. It is another ground-breaking development by the vehicle builder on its relentless climb to the sunlit uplands of dominance.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Ricardo, in collaboration with various industrial and academic partners, has delivered a flywheel safety test environment to develop next-generation flywheel energy storage systems.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Friday, 3 July 2015
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Torotrak is asking investors to stump up £13.8 million. But will it be money down the drain?
Monday, 29 June 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Saturday, 20 June 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Cummins Inc. has partnered with Achates Power, Inc. of San Diego, California which has been awarded a $14 million project to develop next-generation engines for tactical and combat vehicles.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Chassis brackets for Class 8 trucks could be the first area of joint development by Ricardo which has teamed up with Detroit Materials Inc. to help the start-up US company commercialise its products into the automotive sector.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
It seems that glider kits are attracting increasing attention in North America. On the one hand, Class 8 truck operators seemingly face problems and dissatisfaction with their EPA 2010 engines while on the other hand the glider kits offer them an opportunity to ‘wriggle round’ current EPA emission regulations.
Saturday, 6 June 2015
General Motors is to invest $119 million in tools and equipment to support production of future vehicle components at its Grand Rapids, Michigan operations, creating approximately 300 future jobs.
Navistar International Corporation is beginning to spend money again. As the company continues with its mission to be industry 'Uptime leader’ in the industry, Navistar has purchased test track and proving grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana for an undisclosed sum.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Monday, 1 June 2015
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Brazilian foundry Tupy SA is forecasting four years of “significant growth” of its compacted graphite iron (CGI) business from the automotive sector.
Friday, 29 May 2015
How will OEMs respond to Ford’s 2015 F-150 pick-up truck with its intensive use of aluminium and a gasoline engine with a CGI block?