Raymond Chuang
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Genesis gets more than 4,300 G90 orders in 24 hours
I don't know--I nearly bought a 2015 Hyundai Accent hatchback earlier this year (I was pleasantly surprised by the power of the "Gamma" GDI engine with the six-speed automatic and quite competent handling).
42 hours a go
How does the BMW Compact Sedan Concept look in the metal?
Maybe not, especially if it takes away sales from the MINI Countryman (this BMW sedan is built on the same platform used on the Countryman).
Nov 22nd, 2015 2:45am
How does the BMW Compact Sedan Concept look in the metal?
I think BMW may not bring over the 1-Series sedan and 2-Series Active Tourer to the USA market because of fears it may too much overlap the market for several MINI models built by BMW, notably the Countryman five-door hatchback (the 2-Series Active Tourer uses the same platform as the Countryman).
Nov 21st, 2015 7:09pm
Honda Civic Coupe spied with very little disguise
Watch for the possibility that Honda may show a concept version of the new Civic Coupe that could be a preview of the US version of the Civic Type-R.
Nov 13th, 2015 3:58pm
Porsche Cayman facelift spied virtually undisguised
Porsche would have loved to keep the current Flat-6 engine, but fuel economy considerations forced them to go with turbocharging. Fortunately, today's turbocharged engines aren't the old engines with serious turbo lag issues, as anyone who've driven a Volkswagen Golf GTI or Ford Fiesta ST can attest to.
Nov 13th, 2015 8:08am
Porsche Cayman facelift spied virtually undisguised
Despite what people think, the 2.0-liter "Boxer" 4-cylinder turbo engine should have very fast throttle response, thanks to modern engine design. In fact, it may result in a lighter car, which may improve not only fuel economy but handling.
Nov 12th, 2015 8:35am
Fiat Tipo bows in Dubai
Maybe possibly based on stretched version of this platform?
Nov 12th, 2015 1:41am
Fiat Tipo bows in Dubai
In many ways, the new Fiat Tipo is a preview of the upcoming Chrysler 100 compact sedan.
Nov 11th, 2015 6:35am
Daimler boss says dieselgate blow to German auto industry
We forget that Daimler-Benz did a LOT of the research that made the whole BlueTEC technology possible in the first place by combining two well-tried diesel emissions reduction technologies--selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with urea gas injection in to the exhaust stream and diesel particulate filters--into a system that could fit into an automobile. As such, it is in their interest NOT to do anything that would make a BlueTEC engine violate EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 and Euro6 emission laws.
Nov 10th, 2015 3:32pm
Toyota hints S-FR will get 1.2-liter turbo engine with 115 PS
Hopefully, Toyota will use its Toyota Racing Development group to carefully tune the suspension to get good handling without overly sacrificing ride quality. I do think the US version (probably badged as "Scion S-FR" will get the 1.5-liter direct-injected engine for reliability reasons.
Nov 9th, 2015 2:51pm
Volkswagen Golf VIII rendered ahead of late 2016 launch
Given the HUGE problems Volkswagen admitted to on pretty much their entire diesel engine lineup, they may have no choice but to seriously consider ending all diesel engine development. It should be noted that VW has been working on HCCI technology for many years, and could have a production engine ready by the time the Golf Mk. VIII reaches the US market in calendar year 2017.
Nov 9th, 2015 2:46pm
Volkswagen Golf VIII rendered ahead of late 2016 launch
My guess is that VW will no longer offer a diesel engine option on the new Golf Mk. VIII. Instead, they will offer HCCI engines in 1.4, 1.7 and 2.0 liter displacements, along with hybrid and pure-electric drivetrains.
Nov 8th, 2015 9:41pm
Hyundai Toyota Prius-rivaling hybrid to be called Ioniq?
It sounds like this car will use the 138 bhp Gamma engine as part of the hybrid drivetrain.
Nov 5th, 2015 9:36am
BMW boss says company stays committed to diesel engines
I do know that Ricardo Engineering in the UK has been working on diesel engines that could meet even the upcoming Euro7 emission rules coming in 2020, the equivalent of the CARB PZEV emissions standard. That will require better direct fuel injection and the use of exhaust gas re-circulation in addition to a diesel particulate filter and urea gas injection into the exhaust system.
Nov 4th, 2015 3:07pm
BMW boss says company stays committed to diesel engines
I do know that both the EPA and CARB have not cited BMW and Mercedes-Benz for violating emissions laws--mostly because the BMW and Mercedes-Benz four and six cylinder turbodiesels sold in the USA are still in compliance with EPA Tier 2 Bin 5, thanks to the engine being designed specifically with urea gas injection into the exhaust stream from the start.
Nov 4th, 2015 3:03pm
Honda Civic Type R hatchback superbly rendered
Correct. In fact, I would NOT be surprised that Honda unveils the US version of the Civic Type R as a two-door coupe possibly as early as the Chicago Auto Show in February 2016.
Oct 30th, 2015 6:09am
Kia planning to launch 22 new & redesigned models in the U.S.
Watch for the possibility that many Hyundai/Kia models will all be turbocharged. We know that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra will probably get the 173 bhp turbocharged version of the "Gamma" GDI engine; the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio could get a new (circa) 1.4-liter turbocharged engine rate at around 140-145 bhp, replacing the non-turbocharged "Gamma" engine now used.
Oct 24th, 2015 6:36am
2016 Honda Civic pricing leaked, 1.5 turbo returns 42 mpg
I've seen over 40 mpg on my 2015 Honda Fit EX hatchback with the non-turbo L15B engine at a steady 65 mph. If tuned correctly, the 2016 Honda Civic EX with the turbocharged variant of the L15 could get over 40 mpg at 65 mph.
Oct 19th, 2015 5:50am
Toyota S-FR production version for Japan allegedly has 130 PS 1.5-liter engine, manual gearbox
I have this feeling that if Toyota DOES offer the S-FR in the US market, it will likely sold under the Scion label and probably use a modified 2ZR-FAE rated at just over 140 bhp. And being the US market, it may offer a six-speed automatic (or CVT automatic if it can be engineered).
Oct 10th, 2015 4:23pm
Tesla CEO says we've reached the limit of diesel and petrol engines
For diesel engines, he's probably right--GE Tranportation Systems spent a fortune to develop a diesel prime mover (and a locomotive around it) that could meet the EPA Tier 4 standard for diesel emissions--and that's really pushing at the very limit of diesel emissions control technology. But Volkswagen still has one trick up their sleeve: homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), a gasoline-fueled engine that has diesel-like fuel economy minus the higher NOx levels and particulates of diesel engines. VW has worked on HCCI for at least 15 years, and given the current state of engine technology, could have it ready for production within the next few years.
Sep 29th, 2015 2:48pm
Fiat Bravo replacement rendered based on Aegea sedan
Watch for the unveiling of the US version of the Fiat Aegea--the so-called Chrysler 100--probably at NAIAS at Detroit in January 2016. It will likely be powered by the same 1.4-liter I-4 turbocharged engine found on the Fiat 500 Abarth. We might even see the hatchback version, too.
Sep 25th, 2015 3:33pm
Ford announces £181 million investment at Bridgend factory to make all-new gasoline engines
My guess: Ford is about to reveal details of a new generation of direct-injected petrol engines to be built at this factory with better fuel economy than today's engines.
Sep 25th, 2015 3:30pm
BMW says it "does not manipulate or rig any emissions tests"
I do know that all BMW turbodisels sold in the USA are fitted with urea aerosol injection in the exhaust stream to make the engine comply with EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions certification. Given BMW's premium reputation, they want to know how the ICCT came by their results.
Sep 25th, 2015 3:27pm
BREAKING: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigns
I do know that Volkswagen has been working on a new gasoline (petrol) engine technology called homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), which has shown promise in test engines of diesel-like fuel efficiency without the elevated NOx levels and particulates of diesel exhaust. Given VW has worked on HCCI technology for over a decade, maybe they should redouble their efforts to bring the technology to production with the next few years, so we'll still have very efficient automobiles but with far less attendant air pollution issues.
Sep 24th, 2015 4:22am
VW announces 11 million cars have the defeat device and will allocate €6.5 billion to fix them
I expect German legal authorities very soon to file charges against both Ferdinand Piëch and Martin Winterkorn for deliberately deceiving the ADAC and TüV over the emissions certification of the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter I-4 TDI engines.
Sep 23rd, 2015 2:59am
VW announces 11 million cars have the defeat device and will allocate €6.5 billion to fix them
Only a small portion of the Passats sold in the USA use the questionable 2.0-liter I-4 TDI engine. Most Passats sold in the USA use either the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine or the 3.0-liter V-6 gneins.
Sep 23rd, 2015 1:45am
VW admits to cheating on emissions tests; halts sales of 2.0 TDI cars
European market Volkswagen TDI engines run on higher cetane diesel fuel than here in the USA. But the German TüV is still suspicious on why the 1.6 and 2.0 liter I-4 TDI engines are measuring NOx levels much higher than anticipated, which tells me VW may be doing the same trick on European market engines.
Sep 22nd, 2015 3:46am
VW admits to cheating on emissions tests; halts sales of 2.0 TDI cars
They won't ban the VW 3.0-liter TDI engine, though. That engine uses selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to lower NOx emissions and was never questioned for not meeting EPA Tier 2 Bin 5/CARB ULEV-II emission rules.
Sep 21st, 2015 3:17pm
VW admits to cheating on emissions tests; halts sales of 2.0 TDI cars
However, most American diesel engines now incorporate selective catalytic reduction, where urea liquid is injected into the exhaust stream in aerosol form to break down the NOx gases for easier removal by a catalytic converter. That's how BMW and Mercedes-Benz sell their turbodiesel-equippped cars in the USA. Expect VW to re-engineer the 2.0 TDI engines to incorporate SCR.
Sep 21st, 2015 3:15pm
VW admits to cheating on emissions tests; halts sales of 2.0 TDI cars
I would not be surprised that VW will change the exhaust system to incorporate selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to make the engine meet Euro 6 and EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 (CARB ULEV-II) standards on a consistent basis. That's what Mercedes-Benz and BMW do with their turbodiesel engines sold in the USA.
Sep 21st, 2015 3:12pm
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