This is an interesting bending of the rules - similar to the Volkswagen Group developing software to detect when a car is being tested such that the correct test results are delivered. FIAT Chrysler (FCA) is working with Tesla to lower the fleet emissions such that they won't get fined by the EU. FCA has already had to pay $800M a couple of years ago to settle a US lawsuit that accused them of matching the behaviour of VW with technology that simply gave the test results that the tester was looking for and at the end of last year they had to recall a million vehicles in the US to fix a problem that meant that the vehicles didn’t match the regulations. FCA have already said that they would have battery electric and plugin hybrids on the market by 2022 and the Maserati 5-year plan defines what they plan to deliver to the market by that time. However, in Europe, the emissions standards change in 2021 and FCA cannot get anything to market before those regulations change. So to avoid … [Read More...]
It feels like Ford misjudged the desire of the US market to buy a locally built four door sedan. After shelving all those models, they are now considering returning to that market segment.
Volkswagen have showcased an electric dune buggy using design features from the original Meyers Manx buggy of the mid 1960s.
The mainstream German manufacturers have been charged with collusion by the EU for not providing cars to the market with the most technologically advanced emissions controls.
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.
The Jaguar C-X75 concept was used in the James Bond film, Spectre. The car had three different power sources during its life: a diesel turbine powering batteries and electric motors, a petrol 4 cylinder with two additional electric motors and a traditional 5-litre V8.
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.