Friday, 30 December 2016
Nissan’s Infinity brand will exhibit its “compelling” production-ready new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine technology next month at the Detroit Auto Show.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Friday, 16 December 2016
Torotrak plc has noted today that a further deterioration in the trading outlook for the global off-highway market could affect the timing of its target to secure an initial licence for Flybrid KERS technology.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Whose voice should we listen to: the lone voice in the wilderness or vehicle makers preparing to peddle their wares in years to come?
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Aston Martin and Red Bull claim that all 150 road-going versions of the duo’s “ultimate hypercar”, the AM-RB 001, have been sold, together with a further 25 track-only models.
Monday, 5 December 2016
Grainger & Worrall (G&W), which provides engine casting to Porsche, Aston Martin, Bugatti and McLaren, is to open a state-of-the-art, £5 million machining facility at its site in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Friday, 2 December 2016
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Is Rolls-Royce the last major automaker to adopt four-wheel drive? Certainly, aficionados of the marque will not have long to wait with 2018 as the launch date for the Cullinan with a price tag of circa £300,000.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Torotrak has secured funding to fit KERS technology into a wheel loader programme in collaboration with Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Illinois.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Monday, 21 November 2016
‘Global warming is a Chinese hoax designed to weaken US manufacturing’, according to US President-elect Donald Trump. Alan Bunting asks: So can we expect the incoming Republican administration to scrap all greenhouse gas (GHG) control legislation?
Saturday, 19 November 2016
A recent survey by market research organisation Edmunds.com indicated an unusually high degree of brand loyalty among North American buyers of pick-up trucks, writes Alan Bunting.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Jaguar will put its I-PACE electric car into production in 2018. Described as the start of a new era for Jaguar, the company is launching the car at this month’s Los Angeles auto show.
Monday, 14 November 2016
Nissan is to sell the Infiniti QX30 to buyers in China, however, the car will be made at the company’s Sunderland, UK plant, where workers already produce its sister Q30 model.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Does everyone understand what really lies behind VWs powertrain engineers’ implementation of their ‘fix’ for the EA189 engines? What is really implied in the ‘fix’?
Saturday, 5 November 2016
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Friday, 28 October 2016
NISSAN Motor Company has denied the presence of any ‘sweetheart’ deals associated with its latest plan to expand production and create fresh jobs in the UK.
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Nissan Motor Company Ltd. announced in Yokohama that following its executive committee meeting, the company will produce the next Qashqai as well as adding production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland, UK plant.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates (together, Volkswagen) has announced that Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to the settlement agreement between Volkswagen and private plaintiffs.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Mercedes-Benz Vans will rely heavily on its alliance with Renault-Nissan to manufacture its new pick-truck that it will sell in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Europe from 2017 onwards.
Monday, 24 October 2016
One of the less obvious booths at last month's IAA commercial vehicle exhibition in Hannover, Germany, amidst all the glitz and glamour of the various commercial vehicle displays, was that of the ASIMCO Group.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Delphi Diesel Systems has demonstrated its next generation technology – the DFI 21 common rail injector.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016
FEARS that Nissan’s Qashqai flagship model could leave the car-maker’s UK plant in the north-easy may have been eased after the company’s boss said he was “confident” the UK will remain a competitive place to do business.
Friday, 14 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Aston Martin has confirmed Grainger & Worrall (GW) as its preferred engine castings partner for the new DB11.
Monday, 10 October 2016
Sunday, 9 October 2016
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is set to examine the use of hybrid delivery vans as part of its Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) programme which has just kicked off.
Friday, 7 October 2016
It is not unreasonable to think that 12 or 18 months ago, at least one Cummins senior executive might have mulled over the question in his mind in a quiet moment: Is it time for the company to integrate vertically?
It will be interesting to see what happens to MWM International in Brazil when Volkswagen AG’s two board members take their place round the table at Navistar International Corporation.
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Makers of luxury cars, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, could benefit from a ‘circular economy’ and thereby engaging in more closed-loop recycling, adopting a ‘rent instead of sell’ business model, and by lengthening product usability.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Monday, 3 October 2016
The deal between Volkswagen AG and Navistar International Corporation will not be ‘closed’ until early next year but in the meantime the two companies are working on a ‘new engine platform’.
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Geely Automotive, through Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is to be the prime automotive sponsor (and will provide technical assistance) to the British Bloodhound world land speed record attempt in 2017.
Friday, 30 September 2016
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Those expecting General Motors to jump through the hoop in launching the company down the compacted graphite iron (CGI) route with its redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel will go to bed tonight disappointed. And others might see a step from piezo as a backwards move.
The latest generation of Land Rover Discovery, D5, continues to make use of Ford Motor Company’s 3-litre V6 diesel engine made at Dagenham, heralding continued production of that engine for some time to come.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Observers of the US diesel engine scene are waiting for this week's Texas State Fair which opens 30 September to see how General Motors achieves 445 bhp from its 6.6-litre V8 Duramax.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Is it just conceivable, when the dust of document signing has settled and top-level Volkswagen Truck & Bus Group (T&B Group) engineers and managers sit round the table with their counterparts at Navistar International Corporation that the conversation will move to the detail of not only customising the MAN engines that Navistar builds under license, but manufacturing other VW group diesel engines in North America.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Bosch claims platooning, which allows multiple commercial vehicles to connect and run in an autonomous road train, will increase truck safety and reliability. Platooning is part of Bosch's drive to improve vehicle fuel efficiency.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Monday, 19 September 2016
The message in Jaguar’s ‘Road Map’ always claimed that the XE saloon could be built at the firm’s Land Rover plant in Solihull or Jaguar’s ‘home plant’ of Castle Bromwich. In the event, Solihull became the XE’s first port of call but with the option production could be moved to Castle Bromwich should the need arise.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Friday, 9 September 2016
When UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opened Nissan’s first European plant 30 years ago yesterday, the car maker had 470 staff and produced 5,000 vehicles at a rate of 12 an hour.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Auto Industry Newsletter has achieved a milestone. Over a quarter of a million page views have been recorded since its launch.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Navistar International Corporation has confirmed a wide-ranging strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus that brings in $256 million.
Monday, 5 September 2016
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Rutland Partners only wanted the former General Motors/Vauxhall Motors’ proving ground at Millbrook for one thing, and one thing only – to make money.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Friday, 2 September 2016
Peterbilt Motors has decided to introduce the Cummins Westport ISL-G Near Zero NOx emissions natural gas engine for line-haul, vocational and refuse applications. Launch ismset for the year-end and early 2017.
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Next Month, General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a fuel cell electric vehicle; as Nikola Motor also opts for fuel cells but for Class 8 trucks.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
The UK is one of a world centre of excellence in diesel engine technology, proof of which can be found in the need for a large and well-established China-based diesel engine maker to knock at the door of Ricardo plc.
Monday, 29 August 2016
Sunday, 28 August 2016
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Daimler has extended its portfolio of new energy vehicles (NEV) with the introduction of the Denza 400, the company’s “Made in China, for China” electric vehicle from Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Friday, 19 August 2016
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Vertical integration is showing signs of taking a firm grip of Class 8 diesel engine sales in North America as Daimler AG has nudged Cummins Inc. from the top spot in first-half 2016.
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Observers of the electric bus business are awaiting the outcome of trials in Paris following the recent announcement by China-based BYD, the world’s largest producer of “pure electric” buses – 10,000 have been produced so far – that it has secured a six-month trial of one of its buses with RATP, the French public transport operator RATP.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Sunday, 7 August 2016
Having lost out some three years ago in its bid to buy the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire previously owned by General Motors, JaguarLandRover set its cap at buying the Silverstone racing facility.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Friday, 15 July 2016
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
For the second time this year and only the fourth time in 19 months, demand for Class 8 trucks in the US rose faster than the supply. However, new generation hybrid turbine trucks are unlikely to fill the gap anytime soon.
Sunday, 10 July 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Nikola Motor Company (NMC) of Salt Lake City, Utah claims it has generated $2.3 billion in reservations, accounting for over 7,000 truck reservations with deposits, for its new turbine-driven hybrid Class 8 truck.
Friday, 8 July 2016
As the UK heads for its second woman Prime Minister and challenging lie months ahead, today marks the 30th anniversary of Nissan Motor Company’s faith in the country.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
Ford in the UK has confirmed its three-cylinder 1-litre Fox gasoline engine does have a cylinder block of compacted graphite iron (CGI).
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Caterpillar Inc. has agreed to pay $60 million to settle claims about defects in its C13 and C15 heavy commercial vehicle engines.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Volkswagen AG has reached settlement agreements with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the State of California; the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2-litre TDI diesel engine vehicles in the US.
Development of small-displacement diesel engines using compacted graphite iron (CGI) and offering over 100 bhp/litre is under way.
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Friday, 24 June 2016
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Friday, 17 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
As the UK hovers on the brink of deciding either to Leave or Remain in the EU, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has opened its new R$750 million (£240 million) manufacturing facility in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Shock news from the US suggests the economy is not too healthy as orders for heavy trucks in the region plunged 30 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Calsonic Kansei, a supplier of heat exchange, air conditioning, exhaust, interior and electronic automotive components, has created a new R&D centre at Millbrook’s Bedfordshire-based Technology Park in the UK.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Truck operators handling containers could face additional delays at ports as from 1 July shippers will be required to weigh and certify the contents of containers.
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Friday, 27 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Saturday, 21 May 2016
The conclusions of a Cranfield University project into the life cycle energy analysis of aluminium versus cast iron, and its implications for the automotive industry, will be published before the year end of 2016.
Feeling pressure from competitors such as Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz Vans has introduced dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) versions of Citan.
Friday, 13 May 2016
Cummins Inc. has suffered a first-quarter fall in sales which it attributes to weak industry orders and higher dealer inventories.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
In the coming few months, eyes will be turned to the UK CITE project – a bid by the UK government to fund autonomous vehicles as work by consortium partners gathers momentum.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Friday, 29 April 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Turbocompounding, developed by Volvo Powertrain, is finding more applications within the group as Mack Trucks unveils its new product lineup for 2017.
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Friday, 22 April 2016
Volkswagen AG has reached an agreement in principle with the various US authorities including Department of Justice (Environmental Division), the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the full involvement of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Thursday, 21 April 2016
It is reaching a sad point, indeed an indictment, when the “man in street” does not believe the information given out by automobile manufacturers.
Monday, 18 April 2016
Cummins Inc. has won a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DofE) to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that “can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50 per cent over conventional Class 6 vehicles”.
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Intuitive motion control specialist Nexteer Automotive has opened its third manufacturing plant in Europe. Besides launching a new Technical Centre in Tychy, Poland in mid-2016, Nexteer is looking tohire 100 engineers.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Monday, 11 April 2016
Friday, 8 April 2016
Thursday, 7 April 2016
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has said Navistar International Corporation misled investors about the environmental compliance of its exhaust gas recirculation, or EGR, method of reducing air pollution from its trucks.
Sunday, 3 April 2016
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Friday, 25 March 2016
Achates Power Inc. of San Diego, California, has put a news story from Voice of America of 22 March 2016 on its web site noting that the company, Delphi Automotive and Argonne National Laboratory will have a three-cylinder opposed piston engine in operation by 2018 that is "50 per cent more efficient compared to a downsized, turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine, while reducing the overall cost of the powertrain system”.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
An investment of £22m investment is being made by Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMMUK) in its Washington, UK facility in a bid to increase production of its Qashqai SUV, the company’s best-selling model.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Audi claims the latest R8 Spyder with a naturally aspirated V10 power unit returns “more technologically accomplished, more powerful and quicker against the clock, even more tightly pinned to corners and even more composed on the straights thanks to a 50 per cent improvement in torsional rigidity”.
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
As expected, sports car maker TVR will follow the lead set by Aston Martin and build its new car in a new production facility located in Wales; in this case in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone in South Wales.
Monday, 21 March 2016
The US automotive press is awash with speculation that Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) is planning to reconfigure its Toledo, Ohio, assembly complex next year to build next-generation Jeep Wranglers.
Friday, 18 March 2016
When Dr. Andy Palmer, chief executive officer of Aston Martin, spoke last May to the Manufacturing Forum at Cranfield University, outlining his next century plan, he had a good idea of what was to come.
Thursday, 17 March 2016
Ricardo is one of some 16 organisations participating in Project REWARD to develop advanced diesel engines beyond Euro6 for passenger cars and light commercials under 3,500kg, including a new two-stroke diesel for B/C segment cars.
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Thursday, 10 March 2016
Following our earlier posting, Audi has now decided to lift the cloak of secrecy that mysteriously surrounded the bore and stroke of its new 4-litre TDI diesel engine.
Monday, 7 March 2016
Ford loves aluminium - especially when it comes to cutting weight from its F-Series trucks.
Monday, 29 February 2016
More details have emerged of the additional penalties for Volkswagen AG (AIN, 23 February 2016) being mooted by different authorities in the United States, writes Alan Bunting.