Roskill: Japanese steel industry is poised for a major downsizing in the years to come

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With these headwinds in mind, there is no doubt that the Japanese steel industry is poised for a major downsizing in the years to come, according to Roskill. Nippon Steel plans to suspend blast furnace operations at its Ibaraki Prefecture plant, near Tokyo, according to the Nikkei—the latest example of the group’s efforts to deal with overcapacity in Japan. With an earlier decision to halt three other blast furnaces, the steelmaker will cut its domestic capacity by 20%.

VW suggests engine downsizing is done; emissions rules are the reason

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They have downsized engines across model lines, usually adding turbochargers at the same time to match the power output of the larger-displacement engines that they. emissions VW downsizing Fuel Economy TurbochargingWhen it comes to improving fuel efficiency, simply making an engine smaller is a fairly direct way to get results. It's the approach that many automakers have taken in recent years.

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Land Rover plug-in hybrid lineup expands with downsized engine, bigger battery

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Land Rover is launching a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, based around a downsized 3-cylinder engine, that promises greater fuel economy and more electric range than the British automaker's current models.

Texas Instruments tech claimed to boost electric car range, downsize onboard chargers

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The company you probably once knew for its calculators and computers is still around—developing critical components for electric-car chargers.

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Mitsubishi Mi-Tech PHEV concept teases 4-motor layout, downsized powertrain

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Mitsubishi will show a 4-motor PHEV concept at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, highlighting new electrification tech and unconventional gasoline power in a new downsized SUV package. The automaker describes the Mi-Tech as "An electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind." Plug-In Hybrids

Musk: Tesla Cybertruck won't be downsized, but smaller follow-up truck a possibility

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Tesla enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming episode of Jay Leno's Garage in which CEO Elon Musk lets Leno drive the Cybertruck in Southern California.

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Split injection Miller cycle with boost decreases knock tendency and increases torque in downsized engine

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Researchers at Tianjin University in China report that combing split injection to the Miller cycle with boost pressure can effectively decrease the knock tendency and increase the engine torque in a downsized spark-ignition engine. The current development of downsized spark ignition (SI) engines with boost pressure is a proven way of increasing the thermal efficiency and reducing CO 2 emissions.

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Google and IEEE launch $1M challenge for downsized inverters

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Google and the IEEE have launched the Littlebox Challenge—an open competition to design and build a small kW-scale inverter with the highest power density (of at least 50 W/in 3 , or 3.05 kW/L) in an enclosure of less than 40 in 3 in volume (0.66L). The winning inverter, which will receive a $1-million prize, will be the unit which achieves the highest power density while meeting the required specifications under testing for 100 hours.

Torotrak to present extreme engine downsizing solution at Dresden supercharging conference

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V-Charge system with mechanical variable drive outperforms conventional boosting methods on downsized gasoline engine. This signals the potential for a new level of downsizing, enabling the industry to further reduce the CO 2 output of high volume vehicles without compromising driver satisfaction. Though tested on a gasoline application, Torotrak anticipates that V-Charge will achieve similar gains on a downsized diesel engine.

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Volvo to concentrate on hybrids and downsized engines for US

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Volvo Car Corporation will rely on a powertrain strategy based on its new downsized 4-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine platform ( earlier post ) and hybrids for the US market, said John Maloney, recently appointed President of Volvo Cars, US, in an interview at the Detroit Auto Show. The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show. Click to enlarge.

EIA: trends in downsized engine design leading to increased demand for higher-octane gasoline

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One significant trend is engine downsizing coupled with turbocharging. Smaller, turbocharged engines can be used to raise fuel economy while meeting or exceeding the power and torque of larger engines, allowing engine downsizing and improved fuel economy with little or no performance compromise. Since 2013, the share of premium gasoline in total motor gasoline sales in the US has steadily increased to 11.3%

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Volkswagen of America bringing in downsized 1.8L EA888 engine to displace 2.5L; all vehicles E15 capable

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Volkswagen predicts fuel highway fuel economy will improve by up to 17% with the downsized engine. Technologies in the EA888 engine line. Click to enlarge. Among the important product changes for Volkswagen of America for the 2014 model year is the introduction of the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine, which will gradually replace the 2.5-liter five-cylinder naturally aspirated powerplant fitted to the Jetta, Beetle, and Passat models.

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Downsizing to become default? The Green Piece

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Alfa Romeo has this week proven how to make downsizing fun, engaging and a treat for enthusiasts: it has launched the MiTo 875cc TB TwinAir 85. The Green Piece Alfa Romeo downsizingTuesday 24 July, 2012. The Green Piece Column. As its name suggests, it is indeed a 0.875-litre engine – even more intriguing than that, it boasts just two cylinders, [.].

Report: Japan carmakers downsizing in Europe as market shrinks

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’s decision to cut stop producing the Colt subcompact there highlight the a downsizing trend in Europe for Japanese carmakers as the new-vehicle market there shrinks. The Nikkei writes that Daihatsu Motor Co.’s ’s withdrawal from new-vehicle sales in Europe and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s The EU market for new passenger cars declined by 5.5%

KIT researchers developing low-pressure carbonitriding process for hardening steel with methylamine; applications in downsized engines

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Steels hardened in this way are suited for use in components subjected to high mechanical and thermal loads in downsized, energy-efficient and low-emission engines of the future. Combustion engines still have potential to save energy and reduce emissions; a current trend is to use downsized engines of the same or even increased power. Diesel injection systems have to reach higher injection pressures and improved injection accuracies in order to meet the requirements of downsizing.

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Achates OPGCI project targeting 50% fuel efficiency gains over downsized GDI engine at reduced cost

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The engine should yield fuel efficiency gains of more than 50% compared to a downsized, turbo-charged gasoline direct injection engine, while reducing the overall cost of the powertrain system, said Fabien Redon, Vice President, Technology Development at Achates Power. Overall, they expect about a 50% improvement in fuel efficiency over a downsized, gasoline direct injection engine.

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Seres EV startup postpones US launch amid downsizing

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Seres, the startup electric carmaker formerly known as SF Motors, is shelving plans to bring a new electric car to market in the U.S. The electric-car company was founded in 2017 when the Chinese industrial company Sokon bought the battery-technology company founded by former Tesla CEO and founder Martin Eberhard. At the Shanghai auto show in. SF Motors Seres

ICCT-led analysis of turbocharged, downsized engine tech finds lower costs and greater benefits than 2012 EPA/NHTSA analysis; 48V, e-boost, Miller

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A new white paper published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), in collaboration with Eaton, Ricardo, JCI, BorgWarner, Honeywell, and the ITB Group, analyzes current turbocharged, downsized gasoline engine technology developments and trends. Comparison of ICCT/supplier and EPA/NHTSA costs and benefits of turbocharging and downsizing technologies.

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New Efficient Supercharger with Variable Drive for Downsized Gasoline Engines

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The need to reduce CO 2 emissions is leading to downsized engines, heavily boosted by turbo- or supercharging. Rotrak, the new 50:50 joint-venture between traction drive specialist Torotrak plc and centrifugal supercharger company Rotrex AS, will present a highly efficient supercharger system in a paper at the 15 th Supercharging Conference in Dresden on 24 September.

Cummins progressing with lightweight downsized T2B2 diesel for pickup; 40% improvement in fuel economy over gasoline V8

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Cummins reports that it, along with partners Johnson Matthey and Nissan, is on plan in a 4-year, $30-million ($15 million from the US Department of Energy) research project to deliver a light-duty diesel engine with fuel economy 40% improved over that of baseline gasoline V8 engine for a half-ton pickup truck while also meeting the requirements of US Tier2 Bin2 tailpipe emissions. Earlier post.).

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Hyundai showcasing new downsized turbo engines and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission; i40 48V Hybrid, i30 CNG

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New engines and transmission. Click to enlarge. Hyundai Motor is showcasing two new turbocharged gasoline direct injected (T-GDI) engines at the Paris Motor Show 2014. Both engines—1.0-liter and 1.4-liter units which are part of a new generation of engines from the Kappa family—meet growing demand for small capacity, turbocharged engines to reduce fuel consumption and CO 2 emission without compromising performance.

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Ferrari Developing V12 Hybrid, Downsized V6s Possible

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Even supercar makers take the environment into account when designing a car these days. Modern Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches have to meet the same regulations as regular passenger cars, even if ultimately they still use more gasoline and pump out more emissions. Ferrari is hoping to cut its gas guzzling ways further by developing a hybrid

New lightweight aluminum piston from Federal-Mogul enables further downsizing of gasoline engines

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The new Advanced Elastoval II piston is lighter, delivers increased power outputs and can withstand the higher pressures that occur late in the combustion cycle of highly charged downsized engines. The new Advanced Elastoval II piston. Click to enlarge. Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed a lightweight, high-strength aluminium piston that enables engine manufacturers to increase the power density and efficiency of boosted, direct injected gasoline engines.

Audis Downsized 1.2L TFSI for the A3 and A3 Sportback

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Downsizing entails the replacement of engine displacement with turbocharging. Audi has introduced a new low-displacement turbocharged gasoline engine in the A3 model line. Earlier post.) The 1.2L TFSI engine generates 77 kW (105 hp), with fuel consumption of 5.5 L/100km (42.8 mpg US); CO 2 emissions are 127 g/km (204 g/mile). The wholly redesigned 1.2 TFSI—which produces a specific power output of 87.7 hp per liter from 1,197 cc (73.05

HyBoost demonstrator debuts at LCV2011; 50% by swept volume downsizing with low-cost electrification

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The HyBoost project vehicle was revealed for the first time today at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2011 event hosted at Rockingham, UK, demonstrating a combination of high-impact, low-cost electrical systems which offer the prospect of radical engine downsizing using electric supercharger and energy capture and storage technologies within an otherwise conventional gasoline powertrain architecture. HyBoost demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

Ricardo to assist Lifan in development of 1.2L turbocharged DI gasoline engines for downsizing applications

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Ricardo will assist Lifan Automobile Group based in Chongqing, China, with the development of a family of highly downsized gasoline engines capable of meeting future Chinese and international fuel economy and emissions regulations. range of naturally aspirated engines, while a premium high-boost DI version will provide even greater levels of downsizing by replacing products of up to 2.0L

Outlander Plug-In, Downsized Pickups, Tesla Chooses Nevada: The Week In Reverse

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We drive Mitsubishi’s plug-in SUV, and wonder if downsized pickups really are a bigger thing than automakers project. And guess who’s now neighbors with the Mustang Ranch? This is The Week In Reverse for Friday, September 12, here at Green Car Reports. This week at Green Car Reports, we brought you our first drive report of the

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HyBoost concept achieving close to Prius-level CO2 emissions; aggressive downsizing with advanced boosting and micro-hybrid system

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HyBoost achieves this by combining aggressive 50% downsizing of the engine with an electric supercharger for transient low-speed performance, and a micro-hybrid stop-start and energy recuperation systems, Boggs said. Downsizing the 2.0-liter base engine to a 1-liter, boosted direct injection (EcoBoost) engine delivers up to a 25% reduction. Ricardo’s gasoline engine roadmap focuses on CO 2 reduction through downsizing and the use of synergistic technologies.

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Downsized 3-Cylinder Engines Not Refined Enough For Mercedes

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Three-cylinder engines are all the rage right now. Once the preserve of basic economy cars, they''re now used in everything from the latest generation of economy vehicles, through sporty hatchbacks like the 2015 MINI Cooper and Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, to BMW''s i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Mercedes-Benz though will not be joining the three-pot

Volvo introducing new downsized 4-cylinder engine range, with fuel economy improvements up to 35%; hybrid and flywheel drive systems

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The Volvo Car Corporation is introducing a new, downsized engine range consisting solely of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. It proves that downsized engines can go hand in hand with our customers’ expectations on luxury and driving pleasure. The upcoming four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine range includes common rail diesels and direct injected gasoline engines.

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Williams F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz enter long-term engine partnership; downsized turbo hybrid Power Units

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The Williams F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz signed a long-term engine partnership from the 2014 Formula One World Championship season onwards. Under the terms of the agreement, Williams will be supplied with a Mercedes-Benz Power Unit (Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System) by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission.

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Toyotas Yaris hybrid concept anticipates B-segment hybrid strategy with first downsizing of HSD; Prius +

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This marks Toyota’s first downsizing of its HSD technology. Yaris HSD concept. Click to enlarge. Making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Yaris HSD concept anticipates Toyota’s intention to bring its full hybrid Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) technology to the B-segment, the biggest volume segment in Europe.

Consumer Reports survey shows high fuel costs cause downsizing, less driving; 73% would consider alt fuel vehicle

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The survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, found that car owners were open to different ways of saving at the pump, from downsizing to looking at hybrids, electric cars, or models with diesel engines. Of those who said they plan to move to a different type, owners of large SUVs were the most open to downsizing, frequently planning to move to a smaller SUV.

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FEV to Display Extremely Downsized Engine at 2010 SAE World Congress

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FEV’s 698 cm 3 Extremely Downsized Engine. will show its Extremely Downsized Engine (EDE) at next week’s 2010 SAE World Congress in Detroit. After analysis of various approaches that have the potential of meeting aggressive future CO 2 emission levels, FEV determined that downsizing and boosting appears to hold the most promise to meet the engineering targets. Click to enlarge. FEV, Inc.

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Simulation study finds “Millerizing” the Scuderi split-cycle engine could enable 50% engine downsizing with retention of power and torque, along with reduced fuel consumption

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Simulation study finds Miller version of Scuderi engine can deliver twice the BMEP as naturally aspirated version, theoretically enabling 50% downsizing while maintaining performance. Applying the Miller cycle to the Scuderi engine (right) entails downsizing of the compression cylinder. For the study, the SwRI team applied the Miller cycle to a spark-ignited, stoichiometric, gasoline-fueled version of the SSCE with downsized compressor cylinder in 1D cycle simulation software.

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2025 Gas Mileage Reachable With 'Radical Downsizing' HyBoost Engine, Says Ricardo

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Downsizing", as it''s called, involves using a smaller engine to do the work of a larger alternative--usually through turbocharging--while enjoying the fuel efficiency benefits associated with its size. Noticed engines getting smaller recently? You''re not alone. Engineering firm Ricardo thinks this will continue, and not just in small

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UK company forms engine downsizing partnership

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In a partnership to be known as Rotrak, Torotrak’s variable speed traction drive will combine with Rotrex’s supercharging technology to help provide affordable engine downsizing technologies to the automotive industry. Tags: Green cars Latest news engine downsizing technology Rotrex supercharging technology Torotrak variable speed traction drive

JD Power 2012 APEAL highlights ongoing downsizing trend for new car buyers in US; increasing satisfaction with smaller vehicles

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Power and Associates’ latest APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) study—an examination of how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations of more than 80 vehicle attributes— highlights an ongoing downsizing trend among US auto buyers, and finds that owners of small cars and light trucks are often just as satisfied with their vehicles as owners of larger ones.

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BorgWarner suggests Valve-Event Modulated Boost system can offer 6-17% fuel economy benefit over already downsized and turbocharged engines

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BorgWarner says that its Valve-Event Modulated Boost (VEMB) system can offer a total possible fuel economy improvement of 6% at low speeds to 17% at high speeds over already downsized and turbocharged engines by separating the exhaust event into an early blow-down phase directed toward the turbo and a late scavenge phase directed toward the EGR system.

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The downsizing of the people carrier

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Downsizing is all the rage these days and one of the first sectors to truly embrace it was the people carrier class (more commonly called MPV these days – when did that happen?). What’s most striking is how this happened effectively across a generation. The Renault Espace was the first European MPV, launched in the [.]. The Green Piece People Carrier weekly column

Concept: Downsized and Supercharged Hybrid Pneumatic Engine for 30%+ Reduction in Fuel Consumption

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Schematic of downsized and supercharged four-stroke hybrid pneumatic spark injection engine. Researchers at ETH Zürich, with partners Robert Bosch GmbH, Wenko Swissauto and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy are developing a downsized and supercharged hybrid pneumatic engine that they say can deliver a fuel consumption reduction of more than 30% compared to a standard engine with the same rated power. The major part of this gain is due to downsizing the engine.

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Federal-Mogul Introduces New Diesel Piston Design to Support Downsized Engines with Higher Output

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Federal-Mogul Corporation has developed an innovative aluminum piston design that can reliably withstand the mechanical and thermal loads produced by heavily boosted engines, thereby enhancing diesel engine performance and supporting diesel downsizing. The result is a piston bowl rim whose first few millimeters provide significantly improved aluminum strength, further enabling engine manufacturer’s efforts to downsize or turbo-boost engines for greater specific output.

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New Audi S models to feature new downsized 4.0L V8 with cylinder deactivation, energy recuperation and start-stop

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This is a downsized platform from the prior 5.2L Audi will present its new S models for the first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA). The new S6, S7 and S8 feature a new 4.0L TFSI V8 with cylinder deactivation (cylinder-on-demand), energy recuperation and start-stop system). naturally aspirated V10. The S6 and S6 Avant use the 309 kW (420 hp) version of the new 4.0 The twin-turbo V8 provides a constant 550 N·m (406 lb-ft) of torque from 1,400 to 5,300 rpm.

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