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Nearly every model in General Motors‘ lineup will have start-stop technology by 2020. The American automaker’s goal is to have at least one powertrain combination available with start-stop technology on nearly every GM light vehicle produced globally by the end of the decade. Start-stop is a fuel-saving feature that automatically turns off the engine when […]

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Mercedes-Benz’ small cousin, the smart, is growing; smart launched in Paris last week a new generation of fortwo as well as a four door model, the forfour. “We are proud that we have been able to make the fortwo with the same length of 2.69 meters even safer and altogether more grown up,” said Markus […]

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Stop-start technology is showing up for 2015 in two Chrysler Group vehicles, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 sedan. Chrysler Group announced it is offering Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology as standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. Chrysler 200 customers who opt […]

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Less than half of our vehicles will be powered by the good old combustion engine by 2035, according to Navigant Research. Driven by rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, the global light duty vehicle (LDV) market is changing rapidly through the adoption of vehicles with various levels of drivetrain electrification and vehicles that run entirely […]

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Chevrolet announced stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala powered by the 2.5-liter ECOTEC engine. The GM brand said this addition improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5 percent, or one mile per gallon. For the 2015 model year, the Impala will be available with two powertrains, a standard 2.5-liter engine […]

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Toyota announced it will soon introduce vehicles globally with a series of newly-developed, highly efficient gasoline engines that achieve both outstanding thermal efficiency and fuel efficiency improvements of at least 10 percent. Toyota added the new engines leverage combustion and loss-reduction technologies Toyota has refined in its dedicated hybrid engines. Two engines will form the […]

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Lithium ion batteries are here to stay as the main choice for future hybrids and EVs, according to Navigant Research’s Electric Vehicle Batteries report. The steady increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to advances in EV batteries, particularly those using lithium ion (Li-ion) technology. While early hybrid vehicles featured nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) […]

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Stop-start is a feature found on more vehicles as the years go by. More than half of light-duty vehicles worldwide will be so equipped, according to a Navigant study. Stop-start vehicles incorporate a simple yet valuable feature: they eliminate idling by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, and then restart it automatically […]

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The Jeep Cherokee will go after the European market with the help of a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine and a nine-speed transmission. Launched in the United States in 2013, the Cherokee will make its European debut at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show on March 4, 2014. Also making its debut in the Cherokee, is […]

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BorgWarner’s Eco-Launch solenoid valve has been named a finalist for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards in the product category. The technology helps stop/start systems improve fuel economy with smoother launches during restarts. BorgWarner said its Eco-Launch solenoid valve technology offers improved performance at half the cost of alternative systems and allows automakers to easily […]

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