Powertrain

Mercedes-AMG C63 May Get Mild Hybrid Option

October 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-AMG unit reportedly will switch the 4.0-liter V-8 engine in its C63 performance car for a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mill teamed with a mild-hybrid system in 2022.

UPS to Add 6,000 CNG Trucks

October 10, 2019 at 10:46 AM

Over the next three years, United Parcel Services Inc. plans to purchase more than 6,000 trucks capable of running on compressed natural gas.

Geely, Volvo to Merge Engine Operations

October 07, 2019 at 8:29 AM

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and its Volvo Car Corp. unit are merging their engine operations to form a new stand-alone business that will develop and supply conventional engines and hybrid-electric systems to Geely’s brands.

JLR Touts Fuel Cells Over Batteries for Big SUVs

September 30, 2019 at 11:17 AM

Battery power may be a bad idea for large SUVs because of the high aerodynamic drag typical of such vehicles, Jaguar land Rover Ltd. says.

Koenigsegg Breaks Own Speed/Braking Record

September 27, 2019 at 3:31 PM

Sweden’s Koenigsegg AB says its Regera hybrid-electric supercar has set a new record to go from zero-to-400 kph (249 mph) and back to zero with a time of 31.5 seconds, breaking the mark it set two years earlier by 1.8 seconds.

Honda Confirms Diesel Phase-Out in Europe

September 23, 2019 at 4:18 PM

Honda Motor Co. confirms it will stop selling diesel-powered vehicles in Europe in 2021 as it moves to more electrified powertrains.

Nissan GT-R Gets Performance Boost

August 30, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Nissan Motor Co. is giving its GT-R sports car a mid-cycle upgrade that includes new turbochargers and improved handling.

VW Debuts Dual SCR Diesel Emissions Tech

August 30, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Volkswagen AG is introducing a twin-dosing selective catalytic reduction technology to reduce lower nitrogen oxide emissions in diesel-powered cars by as much as 80%. 

GM Begins Shipping Diesel Pickups

August 27, 2019 at 2:28 PM

General Motors Co. has finally begun shipping diesel-powered variants of its 2020 model Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 fullsize pickup trucks to U.S. dealers.

New V-8 on Tap for Ford F-150 Truck?

August 26, 2019 at 1:56 PM

Ford Motor Co.'s next-generation F-150 pickup truck will replace the current 5.0-liter “Coyote” V-8 engine option with a 4.8-liter unit that is more powerful and more efficient.

Hyundai Touts Improved Hybrid Transmission Tech

August 21, 2019 at 4:09 PM

Hyundai Motor Co. says it has developed new transmission control software that will enable faster and smoother shifts in hybrid-electric vehicles.

Honda Civic Expands Manual Gearbox Availability

August 16, 2019 at 3:14 PM

Bucking the trend to abolish manual gearboxes in the U.S., Honda Motor Co. is adding an optional 6-speed manual for the Sport Touring version of the 2020  model Civic hatchback.