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    Don't put gasoline in your diesel engine, unless you work at Argonne

    What do you get when you cross a diesel engine with its gasoline counterpart? If Steve Ciatti (pictured), a mechanical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory has anything to say about it, it'd be an offspring that is genetically superior to its parents. Taking the best features of diesel engines ...

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    Delphi to discuss next-generation direct injection at SIA Congress

    At the SIA (French Automotive Engineers Society) Congress in Rouen, France this week, Delphi will be presenting information on its latest-generation direct fuel injection and control systems for diesel engines. Delphi produces both electromagnetic servo injectors and the more advanced ...

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    Lotus gets animated with its Omnivore engine technology

    Omnivore [(om-nuh-vawr)]: An animal whose normal diet includes both plants and animals. Human beings and bears, for instance, are omnivores. digg_url = ''; So says, at least. Ask the engineering boffins ...

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    Lotus' Omnivore engine is already 10% more efficient, with more to come

    Last March at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus announced its new Omnivore research engine. The Omnivore is a two-stroke direct injected engine designed to take advantage of the latest in electronic engine management to allow it to run on just about any liquid fuel (hence the name). In the time since ...

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    GM's HCCI engines now run from idle to 60 mph!

    Since our first encounter with General Motors' HCCI (homogeneous charge compression ignition) engines in August 2007, the powertrain research engineers at the GM Tech Center in Warren, MI have continued plugging away at the technology, trying to turn it into a marketable reality. The basic premise ...

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    GM powertrain plans: high-tech, low weight

    Click above for more early images of the production Chevy VoltIt's no secret that we appreciate what General Motors has been able to do with just two-liters. The direct injected and turbocharged mill powering the rear-wheel drive Solstice GXP and Sky Redline along with the front-wheel drive HHR SS ...

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    Bosch CEO talks lithium ion batteries and diesels

    In the wake of a new lithium ion battery joint venture, Bernd Bohr, CEO of Bosch is not concerned that automakers will try to keep battery production in house. In an interview with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, Bohr was asked about the fact that several automakers including Toyota, ...

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    General Motors opens new powertrain engineering center that will create E-Flex

    On Friday GM officially kicked off use of its new Powertrain Engineering Development Center in Pontiac MI. The new $463 million facility includes 120 dynamometer test cells for exercising all manner of new drivetrains. Among those cells 20 are specifically dedicated to testing motors for electric ...

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    GM HCCI engine can operate at idle

    General Motors first showed off its prototype Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines last summer in an Opel Vectra and a Saturn Aura. We had the opportunity to drive these vehicles at GM's Milford Proving Ground at a very early stage of development. Because HCCI only works at part ...

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    Mercedes wants to eliminate petroleum from its lineup by 2015

    By the middle of the next decade Mercedes-Benz wants its entire lineup to be able to operate entirely free of petroleum. The German giant is working on a variety of technologies that will help provide crude oil free transport such as battery electrics, fuel cells and highly efficient internal ...

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    GM to debut HCCI on Opel Insignia?

    Click on the HCCI equipped Opel Vectra for a high-res galleryThere are rumors floating around the interwebs today regarding the Opel Insignia being the first official product from General Motors using its highly-efficient homegeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI for short. We can't confirm ...

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    Does diesel have a future?

    Does diesel have a future? Autoexpress editor Dan Strong believes the answer is a clear no. He doesn't mince words in his new column: "Thanks to high fuel costs, tough-to-meet emissions targets and growing competition for scarce fossil fuel resources, the engine once championed for its efficiency ...

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    VIDEO: GM's Paul Najt talks about HCCI engines

    Last summer we had the chance to meet up with GM powertrain researcher Paul Najt and drive GM's prototype HCCI engines. Homegeneous charge compression ignition engines basically take some of the technical concepts behind diesel engines and combine it with a gasoline engine. The result is a new ...

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    Most promising green technologies number six: HCCI

    Click on the image to view high-res shots of the Mercedes F700 conceptHomogeneous Charge Compression Ignition, or HCCI, holds out a great deal of hope for green automotive enthusiasts. Mercedes-Benz has shown concept vehicles using the technology, which they refer to as DiesOtto, in their F700 ...

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    Daimler touting breakthrough in battery technology, increases R&D spending

    Click on the image to view high-res shots of the Mercedes F700 conceptAs part of an annual meeting held in Berlin, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says that the company will increase its R&D spending to $21 billion for the year 2010. A major part of those expenses will go towards alternative ...

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    Mercedes boss doesn't plan to let cost be an issue for more efficient cars

    Mercedes-Benz CEO Dieter Zetsche told Motor Trend this week that increased cost was not going to be an issue for his company to meet new fuel economy standards. Obviously getting improved efficiency out of powertrains would make them more expensive as they have to meet U.S. CAFE and European CO2 ...

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    2/4SIGHT engine concept switches between 2 and 4 stroke operation

    Until electric cars and their associated technologies (motors, batteries, controllers etc.) become mainstream, the internal combustion engine will need to be further refined in order to meet upcoming fuel economy requirements and current emissions regulations -- while still producing the power that ...

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    Mercedes-Benz wins Safety and Technology award for DiesOtto

    At their annual award ceremony, British magazine AutoCar singled out the Mercedes-Benz DiesOtto engine concept for recognition. The DiesOtto is a turbocharged homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine. It first appeared in the F700 concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. HCCI ...

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    2008 Prius price up slightly, Camry hybrid and Yaris also up.

    Toyota announced the new price for the 2008 Prius hybrid yesterday, and the long and short of it is that it's slightly more expensive than before. $150 more, to be exact. This is a change of 0.7 percent. Other Toyota models also got a "mid-year price adjustments," including the Yaris and the 2009 ...

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    Mercedes releases two more efficient E-Class models in Europe

    At September's Frankfurt Motor Show Mercedes-Benz showed off an array of more efficient vehicles including diesels, HCCI and hybrids. Two of the new models are now rolling into Mercedes showrooms in Europe in the form of additions to the E-Class lineup. The new E300 Bluetec brings the latest ...


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