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 2012 XC60 carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg US (11.8 The XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show. Click to enlarge.

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

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At the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Annual Merit Review meeting in Washington, DC last week, Michael Ruth from Cummins noted that the DOE program target for the project is a fuel economy (CAFE) target of 26 mpg (9.05 l/100 km), and as such would not meet the GHG requirement of 28 mpg (8.4

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Audis Downsized 1.2L TFSI for the A3 and A3 Sportback

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mpg US); CO 2 emissions are 127 g/km (204 g/mile). 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 The wholly redesigned 1.2 TFSI—which produces a specific power output of 87.7 hp per liter from 1,197 cc (73.05

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 mpg US) in the S6 and 9.8 mpg US) in the S6 Avant. mpg US). mpg US), a decrease of nearly 23% despite a 51 kW increase in output compared to the preceding 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).

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VW Premieres New Polo GTI; Textbook Downsizing Results in 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption from Predecessor

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L/100km (40 mpg US)—equivalent to CO 2 emissions of 139 g/km. L/100km (30 mpg US)—equivalent to 188 g/km CO 2. The new Volkswagen Polo GTI. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen is premiering the new Polo GTI. The new Polo GTI, in what Volkswagen is calling “textbook downsizing”, is powered by a new 1.4-liter TSI with gasoline direct injection plus turbo- and supercharging. The engine, which delivers 132 kW (177 hp), is coupled with a 7-speed DSG as standard.

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Volkswagen introduces new 1L, 3-cylinder gasoline Golf; 54.7 mpg

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mpg US) (99 g/km CO 2 )—more efficient than any previous Golf with a gasoline engine. Despite its efficiency, the Golf TSI BlueMotion with the 85 kW / 114 hp downsized 999 cc EA211-series engine reaches 100 km/h in 9.7 l/100 km (52 mpg). l/100 km (51 mpg). In Europe, Volkswagen has introduced the new Golf TSI BlueMotion featuring a new 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder with low fuel consumption of 4.3 l/100 km (54.7

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Controlled Power Technologies Packages Its Switched Reluctance Systems in ‘RegEnBoost’ System for Enhanced Support for Downsizing

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A deep understanding by the CPT engineering team of the power and control electronics embedded within all three devices and the essential characteristics of the interconnecting network helps underpin the overall efficiency of the system, which in essence facilitates radical downsizing of gasoline and diesel engines without compromising vehicle performance. They have also designed a 100 mpg UK (83 mpg US, 2.8 The three components of the RegEnBoost system. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen Emphasizes Downsizing at 30th Vienna Engine Symposium; Highlights 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI

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Continuing to emphasize a downsizing approach, Volkswagen presented two new engines at the at the 30 th Vienna Engine Symposium (7-8 May): the 1.2-liter TSI gasoline engine and the 1.6-liter TDI diesel. Downsizing is rigorously being developed in the volume segments with the 1.2 The turbocharged four-cylinder engine was completely redeveloped, and it follows the downsizing philosophy of the successful 1.4 L/100km (43 mpg US), with 129 g/km CO 2. liters (56 mpg US).

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Audi introduces new high-efficiency 2.0L TFSI based on Miller cycle; 190 hp, 47 mpg

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mpg US) in the NEDC, clearly undercutting both its predecessor and comparable competitors. Thanks to this rightsizing approach, the new engine enjoys the consumption benefits of a downsizing engine in partial load operation, while at higher loads it has the advantages of a large-displacement engine. Audi introduced its new series-production 2.0 TFSI gasoline turbocharged direct injection engine for the first time at the Vienna Motor Symposium this week.

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept hybrid delivers 550 hp with 42.8 mpg fuel economy

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mpg US) and CO 2 emissions of about 129 g/km. The powertrain incorporates a new aluminum-based downsized twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that is part of a new engine family which will be introduced within the next two years. Infiniti unveiled the Q80 Inspiration concept car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, it what it called a signal of its intent to break into the top tier of the premium sedan category; the concept will lead to a future model.

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Nissan unveils 2013 Altima Sedan; 38 mpg highway

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The 2013 Altima equipped with the 4-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine option has a targeted fuel economy of 27 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 31 mpg combined (8.7, For this next-generation design, 70% of the parts have been redesigned, which, along with a downsized oil pump, lower oil level and low viscosity oil results in up to 40% reduction in internal friction (versus the previous design). 2013 Altima. Click to enlarge.

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Peugeot Launches New Marque Plan with Downsizing, Hybrids and Plug-ins for Two-, Three- and Four-Wheeled Vehicles; Unveils SR1 Hybrid Concept

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Peugeot continues to improve engine efficiency with a downsizing strategy for its gasoline and HDi FAP diesel engines. The 3008 HYbrid4 offers a reduction of fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions on the order of 35%—3.8L/100 km (62 mpg US) and 99g of CO 2 /km. L/100 km (118 mpg US). L/100 km (48 mpg US) or 119 g/km of CO 2. The new SR1 hybrid concept indicates the Marque’s style direction. Click to enlarge.

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2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gas Mileage: 26 MPG Combined: UPDATE

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Fans of chest-thumping V-8s may scoff at such a downsized engine, but everyone else will likely want to know how efficient it is. The 2015 Ford Mustang has attracted plenty of attention for its 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine--and not all of it positive. While not strictly for fuel efficiency, the EcoBoost makes for

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Downsized 5.5L V8 Biturbo in S 63 AMG Delivers 25% Fuel Savings Compared to Predecessor; Stop-Start is Standard

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mpg US) (NEDC combined consumption, provisional figure)—a fuel savings of 25% compared to the current S63 AMG. AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine. Click to enlarge. AMG has developed a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with a peak output of up to 420 kW (563 hp) and maximum torque of up to 900 N·m (663 lb-ft) from its higher performance variant for entry into the Mercedes-Benz/AMG lineup this summer.

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Honda diesel sets new Guinness record for fuel efficiency, averaging 83 mpg US in 8,387-mile drive across 24 EU countries

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Honda has set a new Guinness World Records title for “Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)”, recording an average 83 mpg US (2.82 mpg US (3.8 This research identified two main target customer groups for the Civic Tourer; families raising young children who are upgrading from smaller categories or from the used car market; and customers with children who have left home, who are downsizing from the traditional higher category.

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GM to double models with 40 mpg highway or better by 2017; ongoing manufacturing efficiency improvements

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GM has made three product commitments for 2017 related to its sustainability strategy: to have 500,000 vehicles on the road in the US with some form of electrification ( earlier post ); to double the number of US models that can achieve an EPA-estimated 40 mpg US (5.9 On the 40 mpg+ highway side, in addition to the Volt and Spark EV (with the Cadillac ELR coming), GM also currently has the Sonic and the Cruze Eco and Cruze Diesel.

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Toyota Thinks Larger, Non-Turbo Engines Can Deliver Better MPG

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One of the most popular motor industry trends in recent years has been that of ''downsizing'' engines--reducing capacity even in larger vehicles to improve fuel efficiency, while usually adding a turbocharger to make up for lost power. It''s why Ford can now sell a 1.0-liter engine in the U.S. in its Fiesta, Chevy and Dodge use turbocharged

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Audi introducing 5-door A1 Sportback; fuel consumption as low as 62 mpg US for diesel versions

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All the engines follow the downsizing principle of substituting forced induction for displacement. mpg US). US mpg) on average, which corresponds to 99 grams of CO 2 /km (159.3 US mpg). Audi A1 Sportback. Click to enlarge. The new Audi A1 Sportback, which will go on-sale in 2012, is a five-door version of the compact 3-door A1.

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New Volkswagen Polo BlueGT with cylinder deactivation offers gasoline engine fuel economy of up to 52 mpg US

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l/100 km/h (50 mpg US), equivalent to 108 g/km CO 2. l/100 km (52 mpg US), equivalent to 105 g/km CO 2. This combination of efficiency and dynamic performance is enabled by the systematic interplay of ACT, downsizing (reduced engine displacement plus direct injection and charging) and BlueMotion Technology (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration). Polo BlueGT. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen introduced the new Polo BlueGT at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Opel presents new 1.0 SIDI Turbo engine at Aachen Colloquium; below 100 gCO2/km and ~59 mpg in the Adam

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l/100 km (59 mpg US ). liter class which are engineered to meet customer demand for strong, downsized engine performance. New 1.0-liter SIDI turbo with 85 kW/115 hp. Click to enlarge. Opel presented details of its new three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine ( earlier post ) at the 22 nd Aachen Colloquium in Germany. The engine will debut in the Opel Adam next year, together with an all-new, six-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0

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DOT, EPA unveil joint proposal for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: 49.6 mpg CAFE, 163 g/mile GHG in 2025; flexibilities and incentives

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mpg US (5.87 mpg (4.74 mpg (4.3 mpg by 2016 and result in an average light vehicle tailpipe CO 2 level of 250 grams per mile. downsize), and the agencies say they have included costs of preserving performance, utility and safety. mpg in MY 2021. mpg in model year 2025.

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Federal Government Saving Gas With Higher-MPG Vehicles Too

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You may recall a few weeks back we reported on police forces all around the nation downsizing their vehicle fleets from big and brawny V-8 sedans to a new-generation of V-6 sedans and SUVs. Turns out the federal government is following suit, switching its vehicle fleet from mostly full-size cars to more subcompacts and hybrids in an effort to curb

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Daihatsu develops e:S Technology for 30 km/l in JC08 Mode; equivalent to 71 mpg US or 3.3 L/100km

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The company anticipates that it will be the only gasoline-powered vehicle delivering fuel economy of 30 kilometers per liter (equivalent to 71 mpg US or 3.3 and the downsizing of the particles sprayed from the injector. Daihatsu, the minivehicle specialist in the Toyota Group, has developed “e:S Technology (Energy Saving Technology) that it says will be at the heart of production of future motor vehicles with high fuel efficiency, low prices, and resource-saving features.

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NHTSA Modeling and Technology Projections Underlying the Proposed CAFE Target of 34.1 mpg by MY 2016

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mpg and 250 g CO 2 /km for model year 2016. mpg if the automotive industry were to meet this CO 2 level just through fuel economy improvements.) ( Earlier post.). NHTSA assumes that similar vehicles will be produced through MY 2016 and technologies are added to this baseline fleet to determine what mpg levels could be achieved with technologies. Turbocharging and downsizing: 26% for cars, 15% for trucks.

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Half of Sales To Be High-MPG Fours

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And now Mercedes-Benz has joined the gang: The luxury carmaker too will fit a downsized, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine to a Mercedes-Benz likes to launch technologies and lead trends, but sometimes they follow along with the crowd. In this case, Hyundai's doing it. Chevy's doing it. Chrysler's going to do it. Even Porsche will be doing it.

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Ford Unveils Ford Fiesta for North America at Los Angeles Auto Show; 1.6L I4 with Ti-VCT Delivers Estimated 40 mpg Highway

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Fiesta—available in four- and five-door bodystyles—will offer North American buyers a new choice of 15 class-exclusive technologies and projected highway fuel economy of 40 mpg, besting the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris and Corolla. Fiesta features Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) ( earlier post ) which allows the engine to be downsized for fuel economy while continuously optimizing camshaft phasing for throttle response, performance and flexibility.

FEV analysis of automotive-scale Pinnacle opposed-piston engine finds potential for significant increases in fuel economy

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The fuel economy study, using GT Power, encompassed both a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder design of the Pinnacle engine, as well as a downsized, turbocharged 750cc Pinnacle design. FEV investigated the impact of six fuel saving technologies: friction reduction; turbocharging; Variable Compression Ratio (VCR); Variable Cam Timing (VCT); Early Intake Valve Closure (EIVC); and downsizing. mpg US (6.3 mpg US (8.0 mpg US, 5.8 mpg US, 6.3 mpg US, 6.1

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Getting Good Gas Mileage Is Hard; Will Tinier Engines Really Help?

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Those of the "no replacement for displacement" school of thought might be thinking more about performance than they are gas mileage, but at what point does downsizing actually start to harm gas mileage, rather than help it? As carmakers strive to attain better MPG figures, many are beginning to How small is too small, when it comes to engines?

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Smaller car worst for true fuel economy performance

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The idea that downsizing will save you money in fuel costs, has been thrown into doubt as new research reveals that small engines often fail to meet their official MPG figures by the largest margin. Independent researchers at Emissions Analytics tested 500 models, an even split of diesel and petro[.]. Green credentials Editor Pick

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MECA: industry could exceed relaxed US efficiency standards as it has to meet tighter standards elsewhere

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mpg and 199 g/mile CO 2 in 2026. These innovative technologies include catalytic and evaporative emissions controls, advanced fuel injection, downsized GDI engines, turbochargers, cooled-EGR systems, dynamic cylinder deactivation, OBD systems as well as hybrid and fuel cell powertrain systems, batteries, electric components and controls.

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New powertrain line-up for Hyundai 2022 Tucson

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A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize frictional losses.

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Hyundai introduces hybrid version of new Sonata; 10% improvement in fuel economy over predecessor

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The 2016 Sonata Hybrid features a downsized 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that houses a more powerful 38 kW electric motor and clutch where the torque converter would normally be found. Sonata Hybrid is expected to achieve up to 39 mpg in the city, 44 mpg on the highway and have a combined EPA rating of 42 mpg (6.03, 5.35

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Hitachi Automotive Systems supplying 5 kW/kg high power density prismatic Li-ion cells for MY 2016 Malibu Hybrid

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Featuring a new full-hybrid powertrain which leverages technology from the Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated combined fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg (5.22 Ah Li-ion cell—a downsized and lightweighted version of the 5.5 Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. will supply 5,000 W/kg high power density prismatic lithium-ion battery cells for the new MY 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid ( earlier post ).

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VW bringing EA211 1.4L turbo direct-injection engine to Jetta range in US

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This brings implementation of intelligent downsizing to more than 97% of vehicles sold by Volkswagen in the US, available across all the models on sale. The engine will be mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission: manufacturer estimated fuel economy on the highway is predicted to be 39 mpg with the six-speed automatic transmission, an improvement of 13% over the EPA estimated highway fuel economy for the previous 2.0-liter engine and 7% over the 1.8T.

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Volkswagen Taigun concept SUV features new 3-cylinder, direct-injected, turbo 1.0L TSI

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mpg US), equivalent to 110 g/km CO 2. The new engine extends the range of the three-cylinder gasoline engines based on the EA211 engine series ( earlier post ) by adding a configuration with direct fuel injection plus turbocharging technology, which opens a new chapter in downsizing strategy at Volkswagen. At the 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, Volkswagen presented the world premiere of a newly developed compact SUV concept: the Taigun.

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New Mazda Demio posts 13,500 orders in first month, more than 2x target; 1.3L SKYACTIV engine driving popularity

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km/L (JC08 test cycle)—71 mpg US and 59 mpg US, respectively. Customers are mainly single men and women, and people over 40 who are downsizing to a compact car. First-month orders for the facelifted Mazda Demio (known overseas as the Mazda2) reached 13,500 units, more than double the 6,000-unit monthly target, since its sales launch in Japan on June 30, 2011. Earlier post.).

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Buick offering 2.0L direct-injection turbo option for 2013 Verano

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GM says that the choice to use a small-displacement turbocharged engine for a more powerful Verano model is consistent with Buick’s effort to downsize its powertrains without sacrificing performance. seconds; it achieves an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway (11.2 For the 2013 model year, the Buick Verano (introduced in 2011), is offering buyers an Ecotec 2.0L

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Toyota Europe hybrid sales up 43% year-on-year in 2013; almost 18.5% of total TME sales, 28% in W. Europe

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The downsized hybrid system combines a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with a light, compact electric motor, transaxle, inverter and battery pack. l/100 km (67 mpg US) and CO 2 emissions of 79 g/km, while allowing customers frequent electric driving mode. l/100 km (65 mpg US), with 84 g/km CO 2. mpg US), with 85 g/km CO 2.

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Volkswagen introduces Polo Blue GT with cylinder deactivation

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l/100 km (51 mpg US), equivalent to 107 g/km CO 2 ). mpg US), or 105 g/km CO 2. Leveraging the systematic interplay of ACT, downsizing (reduced engine displacement plus direct injection and charging) and BlueMotion Technologies (Stop/Start system, battery regeneration, aerodynamic components), the Polo BlueGT closes the gap between the Polo 1.2

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Update on the ACCESS fuel efficient engine project; simulations find up to 48.9% improvement in fuel economy over baseline

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To achieve the target fuel economy improvement over the baseline V6 configuration, the team used GTDI technology for downsizing in combination with part-load lean homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) operation for further fuel economy gains. FTP75 (mpg). HWY (mpg). M-H (mpg). et al. , “Steady-State Combustion Development of a Downsized Multi-Cylinder Engine with Range Extended HCCI/SACI Capability,” SAE Int.

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Hyundai introduces 3rd generation Tucson ix hydrogen fuel cell vehicle; significant increase in range and fuel efficiency

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It achieves gasoline equivalent fuel efficiency of more than 70 mpg US (3.36 Overall volume of the fuel cell system was downsized by 20% compared to the previous system via modularization of bulky parts in the fuel cell system including fuel cell stack, balance of plant (BOP), inverter and high voltage junction box. 72 mpg US. 63 mpg US. Hyundai Motor America has introduced its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV).

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CPT/AVL Study: New Generation of Micro-Hybrid Technologies Can Enable More than 25% Reduction in Fuel Consumption at Lower Cost Than Full Hybrid Drive Systems

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Reductions in fuel consumption and CO 2 from base 2.0-liter ELC-Hybrid to downsized 1.4L VTES + SpeedStart. CPT and AVL’s most recent work assesses the potential of a VTES equipped downsized ELC-Hybrid vehicle in combination with the CPT SpeedStart Integrated Starter Generator ( earlier post ) and the UltraBattery. Click to enlarge.

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New Generation of VW Passat Improves Fuel Economy by Up to 18%

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L/100 km (56 mpg US), equivalent to 109 g/km CO 2. Downsizing and technologies such as the Stop/Start system contribute to improved fuel efficiency in the gasoline-powered versions. L/100 km (41 mpg US); the equivalent CO 2 value is 138 g/km. Volkswagen has introduced the seventh generation of the Passat, which will be available in initial European markets starting as soon as mid-November.

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