For about 100 years, internal combustion engines—spark- and compression-ignition types—have been dominant. But now, they’re joined by—or with—electric motors. And the ways and means to improve the performance of all types of engines are being driven like never before.
Looking to gain traction in the market with its important midsize Malibu, Chevrolet has made modifications to the car, especially under the hood, with a new stop-start system for its standard 2.5-liter engine.
Making powertrain technologies work together isn’t enough, says FEV. Today, every system in the vehicle must work together to manage energy use.
Mercedes has been putting diesels in vehicles since 1926. It has been offering them in the U.S. since 1949. And 2013 is seeing a range of offerings, including in its popular GLK SUV.
The 2016 to 2025 CAFE standards will bringmany significant alterations to automotive powertrains, with even more and greater change to follow.
If you think back to 1989 and Roger & Me, Michael Moore’s scathing film about General Motors—and remember: this is 1989, not 2009, the Year of Bankruptcy—you’ll undoubtedly recall that Flint, Michigan, where Moore was born, was pretty much a blighted landscape where one woman apparently had to sell rabbits for “Pets or Meat.” One can only imagine that in the years since, Flint, which continues to have a huge debt problem, would be completely Beyond Thunderdome by now.
Coca-Cola recently purchased 100 2014 Chevrolet Express vans for its service fleet.
One of the lessons of The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen, undoubtedly one of the best books ever written about innovation strategies, is that there is a tendency for companies to cede lower ends of their markets to try to reap the margins that can be realized at the higher; the companies that move into the lower ends then, through improvements begin to rise, leaving those who have essentially retreated upward often on a precipice from which they unceremoniously tumble.
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