Last week I wrote an article about Lynk & Co, a subsidiary of Geely who have become a companion brand to Volvo, also owned by Geely. In that article I wrote that Volvo had bought a stake in Lynk & Co. Recently, Geely bought 10% of Daimler for $9B and there have been reports that Daimler would buy a stake in Volvo. This is an example of the convoluted ownership structures that get created when companies start buying stakes in each other. Geely have been on the acquisition trail for a while - they were apparently interested in buying FIAT Chrysler when the Italian American company was looking at partnerships and other ways to share development costs of new vehicles. Creating new products is an expensive business these days! What is interesting is that Daimler have already got a tie up with BAIC Motor, a direct competitor to Geely, through their joint venture - Beijing Benz. Geely is also the new owner of Terrafugia, the creators of a flying car and so we could see a wide … [Read More...]
Ford has patented a device called a Charge Motion-Control Valve system that regulates air to a direct injection motor and this enables the engine to be docile and an animal at different times.
Variable valve timing is a way to provide an engine with a Jekyll and Hyde personality. One cam lobe is mild and one is aggressive. My experiences with this is courtesy of Honda.