Achates engine in Ford F-150 pickup targets 37 mpg, with Saudi oil company backing

Achates engine in Ford F-150 pickup targets 37 mpg, with Saudi oil company backing

One year ago at the Detroit auto show, a company called Achates Power unveiled models of a new kind of internal-combustion engine. With opposed pistons in the middle and crankshafts at either end, it was sufficiently different to startle most visitors who paid attention. That engine came with some... read more

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Mazda HCCI engine

How Mazda's SkyActiv-X engine, based on HCCI, actually works (video)

Earlier this month, Japanese automaker Mazda laid out its future powertrain strategy and dropped a massive announcement in the process. In 2019, Mazda will introduce a... read more August 21, 2017 by

BMW engine

New engine development at German makers to end by 2025, says supplier

Continental, a major supplier for automakers around the world, has come out with a bold prediction: internal-combustion engine development by German automakers will... read more August 8, 2017 by

2017 Mazda MAZDA3

2019 Mazda 3 to feature world-first HCCI engine for efficiency: report

It's a technology that's been a sort of Holy Grail in the auto industry for at least a couple of decades. Now Mazda, one of the smallest global automakers, plans to introduce... read more August 8, 2017 by

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Mazda exec: engines can get cleaner, EVs will die without subsidies

Small Japanese automaker Mazda is in a tough spot. It's been on its own for most of a decade now, after Ford sold its shares in the company, and now Mazda must fund numerous... read more August 2, 2017 by

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Next Mercedes-Benz small cars to get even tinier engines

Not so many years ago, a 1.2-liter engine would only have been found in the U.S. in the smallest and least impressive of subcompact cars. It might have been a 3-cylinder, and... read more July 26, 2017 by

Nicolas Hulot, French minister of ecological transition, announces 2040 ban on vehicles with engines

France plans to ban all gasoline, diesel vehicles by 2040

To most North Americans, the idea of banning all vehicles with internal-combustion engines seems unthinkable. Filling up with gasoline (or diesel) is as American as are... read more July 6, 2017 by

BMW quad-turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine

Diesels to lose two-thirds of current market share in 10 years: report

Sometimes interesting predictions come buried inside a completely different topic. Take, for example, an investment note on the auto-parts supplier Continental contained in a... read more December 7, 2016 by

Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

Infiniti variable-compression engine: more complexity, incremental gains

To meet stricter global emissions standards, carmakers are trying to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. That has led Infiniti to turn to... read more October 6, 2016 by

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept, 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Infiniti plans VC-T engine with variable compression ratio

While significant attention is being paid to battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains, carmakers are still trying to wring more efficiency out of... read more August 17, 2016 by

2015 Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell (Europe)

Hyundai Fuel Cell, BMW i3 Electric Motor Win "10 Best Engines" Awards

The annual Ward's Auto list of "10 Best Engines" is out, but not every one of its award-winners is actually an engine. This year, Ward's expanded its award criteria to... read more December 12, 2014 by

2014 BMW i3 4-door HB Grille

BMW To Phase Out Combustion Engines When? 10 Years, Analyst Claims

It's a vision that seems like something from a future century: a carmaker preparing to phase out combustion engines altogether. The notion that an entire brand could walk... read more November 26, 2014 by

Toyota 1.3-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine

Toyota Gasoline Engine Achieves Thermal Efficiency Of 38 Percent

Most internal combustion engines are incredibly inefficient at turning fuel burned into usable energy. The efficiency by which they do so is measured in terms of "thermal... read more April 14, 2014 by

New GM Ecotec engines introduced for 2015 cars

GM's New 3- And 4-Cylinder Engines Face Off Against Ford, VW

Yesterday's announcement by General Motors that it would launch a new line of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines for better fuel economy was short on some details... read more March 20, 2014 by

GM’s next-gen Ecotec engines

GM Releases First Details On Next-Gen Ecotec Engine Family

General Motors is stepping up its engine game. Today it released first details of a new range of three- and four-cylinder Ecotec engines from 1.0 to 1.5 liters that replace... read more March 19, 2014 by

2013 Opel Adam

Opel's New 3-Cylinder Engine May Preview Volt's Next Range-Extender

It's been expected for some time that the next generation Chevrolet Volt could use a smaller, more efficient and likely three-cylinder power unit as its range-extending... read more February 17, 2014 by



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