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2017 Ford F-150 with 10-speed automatic to arrive at dealers next month

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Beginning next month, buyers will be able to order the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The transmission—co-developed with General Motors—is the first of its kind in a production vehicle. EcoBoost Fuel Economy

Navigant: Daimler, Audi, BMW, and General Motors currently leading development of autonomous vehicle market

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General Motors. These vehicles have the capability to follow the vehicle in front and maintain a safe gap while staying in lane. Volvo.

Small cars leave U.S.: Ford to build next Focus in Mexico (Model E too)

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automakers are exporting production of small cars elsewhere. Ford confirmed yesterday that it will move small-car production to Mexico, joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in eliminating small passenger cars from its U.S. Two years hence, only General Motors will still. factories. Manufacturing mexico

GM aims to Cruze ahead of its rivals

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To compete with established models such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, a vehicle better have a lot to offer – and that’s a billing that General Motors is hoping the Chevrolet Cruze can live up to. The car will be available with three trim levels – the LS, LT and LTZ. turbo and a 1.8l The Ecotec 1.8l

Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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Having started his career at Ford, he was Head of Volkswagen Group Research from 2000 to 2003. He moved to Saab as Executive Director Design in 2000 and was also given responsibility for Advanced Design at General Motors Europe in 2003. Ralf-Gerhard Willner will lead Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy. Brief

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Tesla VA saga, GM vs Silicon Valley, small cars leave U.S.: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla Motors experiences a setback in its plan to open a second retail store in Virginia, a General Motors executive says the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car proves the automaker can compete with Silicon Valley, and U.S. production of small cars dwindles as Ford announces plans to build the next Focus in Mexico.

Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles; in-service operation to begin in 2017

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MacKinnon and director of product development Robert A. Loop REX module. Click to enlarge. —Ben Nyland, President and CEO of Loop Energy.

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Japanese carmakers still ‘most sustainable’

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focus on tailpipe CO2 emissions has distracted away from the impact of car production, suggests Professor Frank Figge who co-authored the ‘Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing’ study. Tags: Green credentials car production Queen's University study sustainble The survey attempts to close this gap.”. billion from 1999 to 2007.

Ford hires investment banker Casesa to run global strategy

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Ford Motor Company hired long-time auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa as group vice president, Global Strategy. Reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, Casesa will be the most senior leader and corporate officer overseeing global strategy and business development. The appointment is effective 1 March 2015.

Ford CEO: Ford to focus on 5 key areas of innovation: mobility, autonomy, connectivity, customer experience and performance

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In a pre-Christmas media event, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said while 2014 was a good year for the company, 2015 has the potential to be a “ breakthrough year ”. If you think about mobility, that’s what we’ve been doing since Henry Ford started the company. Ford Performance. Power and General Motors.

Ballard MOU with strategic partner Broad-Ocean targets fuel cell modules for buses and commercial vehicles

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Company Limited with the goal of producing fuel cell modules for use in buses and commercial vehicles in select cities and regions in China. ownership position in Ballard, making it the company’s largest shareholder.

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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General Motors. This project will develop and demonstrate low cost flexible aerosol manufacturing technology for the production of high performance lithium-ion battery cathodes with long cycle life. Ford Motor. Sixteen projects are aimed at reducing the cost and improving the performance of key PEV components.

VW premieres Jetta Hybrid and E-Bugster concept with Combined Charging System; Blue-e-Motion electric drives to go into production units as early as 2013

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As early as in 2013, drive systems under this name will go into production in vehicles such as the Golf. The energy for powering the 85 kW (114 hp) electric motor is stored in a 28.3 TSI (110 kW / 148 hp) engine, a 7-speed DSG transmission and an electric motor (20 kW). E-Bugster. Click to enlarge. Bugster. seconds. miles).

Top 10 green cars at Frankfurt

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The Frankfurt Motor Show is open to the public, so if you’re heading to the event what can you expect to see? The first version of the vehicle is debuting in Frankfurt with a more complete production vehicle scheduled for next year’s Geneva Motor Show. Volkswagen e-up! It is set to debut in 2013.

Ford wins 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award for lightweighting of F-150

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Ford Motor Company was the winner of the 3 rd annual Altair Enlighten Award for its use of various lightweight materials to minimize weight of the 2015 Ford F-150. Ford’s engineering, research and manufacturing teams overcame the challenge of shifting from the traditional steel body to the advanced aluminum production.

DOE fuel cell market report shows continued growth, with sales surpassing $1.3B worldwide in 2013

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Hyundai began leasing its first series production fuel cell electric vehicle at select dealerships in Southern California. It is especially important to note that several of the companies—Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen and BMW—have previously focused primarily on battery-electric vehicles and other alternative fuels. billion.

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NOHMs raises $5M for commercializing non-flammable, ionic-liquid containing electrolytes for EV batteries

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The two electrolyte product lines currently under development for electric vehicle (EV) batteries are: NanoLyte Electrolyte: SF Series. NOHMs Technologies Inc. Phoenix Venture Partners II LP (PVP) led the round with Solvay Ventures, New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund (NYSIVCF), and angel investors. volts in lithium ion cells.

ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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To create the largest impact, the researchers concluded, emphasis should be placed on the largest producers of vehicles; the five largest producers of automotive vehicles in the United States are General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda. Examples of biobased parts in production. General Motors.

GM, Honda to collaborate on next-generation fuel cell technologies; targeting commercial feasibility in 2020 time frame

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GM’s hydrogen fuel cell product milestones. In January, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Co., Earlier post.)

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DOE expands partnership with industry to advance next-generation automotive technologies, adds Tesla and EPRI as members: US DRIVE

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The announcement of US DRIVE marks the addition of two new members that bring additional focus on electric-drive vehicle technologies to the partnership: the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Tesla Motors. Energy industry: BP America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corporation, and Shell Oil Products US.

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GM moves towards smart charging

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Remember yesterday when we talked about Ford testing a plug-in electric grid system and how we commented that it seemed to be the order of the day among car manufacturers? This time it’s the turn of General Motors (GM) which has outlined its approach to integrating smart plug-in electric vehicles to the Smart Grid.

GM and Ford jointly to develop new 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions

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Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions. This new agreement marks the third time in the past decade that GM and Ford have collaborated on transmissions. Fuel Efficiency Transmissions

Polk forecasts global new vehicle auto sales to reach 77.7M in 2012, up 6.7%; expects China sales to grow 16% while US sales recovery slows

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The luxury segment also offers a wide variety of product options for consumers across all segments, ranging from small cars to SUVs.

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BMW, GM complete testing on DC Fast Charge station usage; validation on BMW i3 and Chevy Spark EV

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Engineers from BMW AG and General Motors recently passed a milestone in the adoption of the new SAE standard for DC Fast Charging. —Britta Gross, Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors. Among the suppliers who participated in the testing were ABB, Aker Wade, Eaton and IES. Brief

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Ford, GM and AVL researchers argue match-blending a flawed approach to evaluate ethanol-gasoline blends

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In a newly published SAE paper, a team from Ford, General Motors and AVL argues that the exclusive use of a match blending approach to prepare ethanol-gasoline blends for regulatory emissions testing “has fundamental flaws”. Earlier post.). —Anderson et al. —Anderson et al. —Anderson et al. Resources. Stein, R.,

CAM/PwC name Volkswagen Group most innovative global automotive company, Mercedes-Benz most innovative brand

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CAM also selected Mercedes-Benz as the most innovative brand; BMW came in second, followed by Volkswagen, Audi and Ford. General Motors Corp.;

SMDI design study produces twist beam concept that reduces mass ~30% relative to baseline assembly

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Both designs were deemed manufacturable based on expert manufacturing assessment and relevant production application examples. Click to enlarge.

Pike ranks Volkswagen Group as the global leader in clean diesel vehicles

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Peugeot Citroën (PSA); General Motors (GM); Mazda; Mercedes; Mitsubishi; Ford; Honda; the. General Motors. 6.

Vaclav Smil: Cars weigh too much

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And so the outlook is for ever-better engines or electric motors in heavy vehicles used in a way that results in the worst weight-to-payload ratios for any mechanized means of personal transportation in history. And new battery-heavy hybrid drives and electric cars will not be lighter: The small all-electric Ford Focus weighs 1.7

Pike Research updates xEV forecasts; projects Ford to lead US PEV market, followed by GM

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Ford will lead the US PEV market by 2016 based on the strength of its. Energi products, reaching 23% market share by 2020. General Motors will follow with 20% share. Pike Research has published an update to its earlier forecasts on xEVs: hybrid (HEVs); plug-in hybrid (PHEVs); and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). million.

Fitch Ratings: US automakers well positioned for weak demand in 2012; estimates break-even for Detroit 3 at 10.5M units

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In its “2012 Outlook: US Auto Manufacturers and Suppliers”, Fitch assigns the industry a Positive Rating, expecting the credit profiles of the US OEMs and auto suppliers to generally strengthen in 2012, assuming that global economic conditions do not weaken materially from current trends. other to offer new products. Continued global.

CleanFUEL USA Expands Propane Engine Products With IMPCO

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Under the agreement, CleanFUEL will distribute IMPCO’s bi-fuel Sequent system, a dual-propane and gasoline fuel system certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for conversions of light duty General Motors and Ford vehicles to run on propane. Ford F150. CleanFUEL North America, Inc. 2008 and 2009 3.5L and 3.9L


2012 Chevy Sonic with 1.4L Turbo delivers 40 mpg on highway

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Production began earlier this summer at General Motors Orion Assembly facility in Lake Orion, Mich. 2012 Sonic. Click to enlarge.


Tesla Prepping IPO

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automaker since Henry Ford’s Ford Motor debuted its shares in 1956. electric-car maker Tesla Motors plans to go public soon, two sources familiar with the matter said, amid growing interest in green technology and battery-powered vehicles. automaker since Henry Ford’s Ford Motor debuted its shares in 1956.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Today, electric vehicles and plug-in cars are a niche product. One example is the much-publicized Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid due out in 2010 that ailing General Motors is staking its future on. Ford is rolling out an electric four-door sedan in 2011 and Toyota plans to bring an electric car to showrooms in 2012. link].

Comedy CAFE Clowns Crack Me Up

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Since the products you make actually give people cancer and a reason to need chemo, your punchline has an extra bonus laugh attached. 

GM on the brink…

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DETROIT — The rapidly deteriorating finances of General Motors are forcing the federal government to decide whether to bail out the largest American automaker or face the prospect that it might go bankrupt. Ford and Chrysler have been lobbying hard in Washington for more help. and Ford may add pressure to act sooner.

Report: Bosch buying solid-state Li-ion battery company Seeo

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In January 2015, Seeo was awarded a contract for technology assessment from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Seeo currently offers a range of products based on its technology, including: DryLyte Battery 1.6

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GM introducing new generation of modular 3- and 4-cylinder Ecotec engines; 11 variants from 1.0L to 1.5L

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Similarly, Shanghai-General Motors in China drove validation of the new 1.4L The first production applications include a 1.0L

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European automakers define recommendations to standardize charging of plug-in vehicles; 2017 for harmonized application

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As soon as approved by the relevant standardisation bodies, vehicle manufacturers will start integrating the uniform application in their production cycles. —Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of ACEA. Global technical specification on “envelope”—vehicle inlet—for global solution. Source: ACEA. Resources.