Powertrain

Volvo Speeds Up Intros for Hybrid Models

February 21, 2018 at 6:14 PM

Volvo Car Corp., which last year said it would electrifying all new models beginning in 2019, will beat that goal by adding two plug-in hybrids this spring.

Porsche Drops Current Diesel Models

February 21, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Porsche AG has building its two current diesel models, which are variants of the Macan S crossover and Panamera 4S sedan. But the company hasn’t ruled out offering new oil burners in the future.

Lotus Revs Up 3-Eleven Sports Car

February 20, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Group Lotus plc is launching a lighter, faster and more powerful version of its 3-Eleven sports car.

McLaren Revs Up Senna Supercar

February 09, 2018 at 3:56 PM

McLaren Automotive Ltd. says its new Senna supercar is the “lightest, fastest, most engaging” vehicle it’s ever built.

California Accounts for Half of All Fuel Cell Sales

February 09, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Fewer than 6,500 fuel cell-powered cars and crossover vehicles were sold worldwide from 2013 through the end of 2017, according to Information Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based research company.

FCA Turbocharges U.S. Lineup of Fiat 500 Minicars

February 08, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says all the 2018 model 500 minicars it sells in the U.S. will come equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces at least one-third more power than last year’s models.

Hyundai Tests Self-Driving Fuel Cell Vehicles

February 06, 2018 at 7:41 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. says five specially equipped test vehicles, including three fuel cell-powered models, were driven autonomously 190 km (118 miles) from Seoul to Pyeongchang last weekend in South Korea.

Ricardo Spin-Off Targets Improved Efficiency for Truck Engines

February 05, 2018 at 5:13 PM

Ricardo plc has spun off its CryoPower business into a new company called Dolphin N2 Ltd. to commercialize a “split cycle” engine technology that aims to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks.

Nissan to Add V-6 to Titan Pickup Lineup

February 01, 2018 at 6:14 PM

Nissan Motor Co.’s plans to offer a V-6 engine in future Titan fullsize pickup trucks to better compete against its chief rivals in the segment, according to media reports.

UPDATE: German Carmakers Also Backed Diesel Fume Tests on Humans

January 29, 2018 at 11:32 AM

German carmakers are scrambling to distance themselves from the political fallout of research they backed that exposed 25 human test subjects to diesel exhaust fumes, Bloomberg News reports.

Mazda Rotary Engine to Boost Range of Self-Driving Toyota Delivery Vehicles

January 23, 2018 at 10:45 AM

The fleet of autonomous electric delivery vehicles Toyota Motor Corp. is planning will include a small rotary engine supplied by partner Mazda Motor Corp. to help extend their driving range, Bloomberg News reports.

Mercedes Dropping V-6s for I-6 Engines

January 19, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit plans to phase out its V-6 engines and replace them with inline-6 powerplants.