Well this is a damaging blow to the “vorsprung durch technik” aka progress through technology line spun by one German manufacturer. The EU has expanded on the VW Group emissions testing scandal by laying more charges against VW, Audi and Porsche along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, in other words, pretty much all of Germany’s mainstream manufacturers! In the original issue, Audi engineers developed software in the engine management CPU that detected when the car was connected to a testing machine and then ran the engine in a configuration to give the testers the answer they were looking for. In this instance, the EU regulators found discrepancies with the catalytic converters and the amount of emissions that were passing through - the catalytic converter is supposed to help neutralise the emissions, especially when it is a diesel engine with an Adblue additive. Daimler will probably get away with the offence because they were the whistleblowers even though technically they were as … [Read More...]
Mazda have bucked the trend of electric cars by launching a new diesel engine into a market not normally associated with this type of fuel. The US will get the CX-5 with a low emission diesel engine.
Audi has shown off its new Q4 e-tron concept that they desperately need in the marketplace to counter Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla amongst others. It will sell well as it is a classically designed Audi!
Ford has committed a $500M investment in the electric truck maker, Rivian. They say the two partners will develop separate product lines, however why wouldn’t Ford put the Rivian tech into every vehicle they build?
The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV is a better powered electric vehicle and looks like many other commercial vehicles on the market today. It sell thanks to its badge if it is cost effective and reliable.
Rack and Pinion Steering helped cars to improve their directional changes in a lighter more efficient way. It is based on a theory patented over a century before the steering mechanism was put into production.
Duke in New Zealand has developed an axial five cylinder engine that is highly efficient, lightweight and compact. It could be the next generation power unit.
The boffins are hard at work developing a cold plasma pyrolysis method to convert and refine waste plastics into a diesel-type fuel. As this continues to improve, we will see diesel cars helping the environment not polluting it.
Jatropha are plants that are bad for human consumption but great for bio-fuel production. The fuels refined from the plants are already being tested in aircraft and used in trains, so there is good chance we will see it replace carbon diesel.