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.
Larry Nitz, executive director of GM Global Transmissions and Electrification, says that owners of the first-generation Chevrolet Volt are “probably one of the most studied groups of vehicle owners” ever. Some 60% of Volt owners are anonymously providing data to GM via OnStar. And thanks to what GM engineers have learned, they are transforming Volt for the next generation.
Clearly, there is a whole lot of activity in the powertrain space at General Motors. These two developments are certainly impressive as to what creativity and dedication can achieve.
Global sales and tough competition push the Mustang to adopt technology that formerly was unaffordable, but now is indispensable.
Porsche powertrain engineers have been hard at it for the development of what’s under the hoods—I mean decklids—of the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4, four-wheel drive vehicles.
Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate & Product Planning, for Hyundai Motor America knows that the compact utility space is not only crowded—with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, and Jeep Cherokee—but that the demand for vehicles of this type are growing as the desire for sedans is decreasing.
At the recently concluded London Design Festival, there was a concept car from a student at the Royal College of Art, Yi-Wen Tseng, the likes of which is rather unusual.