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The Changing Face of GM
Now that GM executives have released their survival plan, the question remains: “What happens to the General’s current—and future—lineup?”
Article Published: 2/1/2009
Nissan's EV and Battery Plans, Part 3 of 5
 Nissan's 2010 electric vehicle isn't a two-seat city vehicle, but rather a 4-5 passenger sedan powered by a laminated lithium-ion battery pack. "We aren't buying this technology," says Mark Perry, director, Product Planning and Advan...
Article Published: 2/1/2009
Manning Up The Lexus RX 350
How do you solve "a problem" like the Lexus RX?
Article Published: 2/1/2009
Vibrational Power
During a one-minute cycle, the module is capable of churning up to 35 mJ (millijoules) from 1 grms (G Force root-mean-square) load acceleration at 120 Hz. That translates to about 0.8 milliwatt in 60 seconds.
Article Published: 1/1/2009
BMW 335d
There is one change that falls into the "major" category, the addition of a twin-turbocharged diesel to the list of available engines. As with its turbocharged gasoline engines, the small turbo spools up quickly and provides boost at low engine spee...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Icon A5 Light Sport Aircraft
Dr. Paul Moller dreams of putting thousands of his "Sky Cars" into the skies as air taxis that will whisk people door-to-door on trips of up to 900 miles at speeds up to 400 mph. As such, his idea is a potential competitor for both automakers and th...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Rethinking the Automated Manual Transmission
Dual-clutch gearboxes, which combine the attributes of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic, are as efficient as a pure manual, but at least as expensive as an automatic. This would suggest that automating a manual transmission woul...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Powertrains: Key Considerations
In addition to developing new technologies, the auto industry also must educate consumers and regulators as to what's possible, what isn't, and how to tell the difference.
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Valve-Controlled Exhaust System
Boysen’s (www.boysen-online.de) dual-line, valve-controlled exhaust system—mated to BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine—reduces noise and improves power output through the use of two close-coupled ceramic catalytic converters, two front silencers, ...
Article Published: 1/1/2009
Cluster Graphic Controller
Fujitsu’s MB88F332 graphics controller provides a single-chip solution for operating cluster instrumentation, heads-up display systems and central information displays, with a sophisticated sprite, or bitmap, engine for high-quality graphics.
Article Published: 1/1/2009

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