gasoline engines

  • Clunkers

    The very first working four-cycle internal-combustion engine was invented by Niklaus Otto in 1876, and in due course it changed the world. A quarter of a century later, gasoline engines, steam-powered vehicles, and electric drive competed on an equal basis, but by 1915, it was clear the gasoline engine would triumph. The next 100 years brought more than 1.2 billion vehicles to the surface of our planet, the vast majority fueled by gasoline burned in internal-combustion engine. DON'T MISS: China developing timetable to end sales, production of gasoline cars Six weeks ago, state media in China...

  • 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 gasoline-powered Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition engine, dubbed Skyactiv-X, that the automaker promises will offer huge...

  • 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 essentially end by the year 2025. The supplier, which makes exhaust-gas-cleaning systems for diesel cars and nitrogen oxide-measuring...

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    Combustion engines: high emissions from short commutes a huge challenge

    Drivers in the U.S. have longer commutes than those in Europe and Asia, on average. In the U.K., short commutes in vehicles with combustion engines—whether gasoline or diesel—pose particularly tough emission problems. That's because the exhaust aftertreatment systems have to warm up...

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    Electrification, sure, but gasoline engines will endure: supplier

    Increasingly stiff limits on carbon emission and minimum fuel economy in most of the world's car markets mean that more plug-in electric cars must be sold. With battery costs steadily falling and the pricetag rising for the new technologies that make cars more efficient, some now envision a world...

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    Mazda Predicts Further 30-Percent Efficiency Gain For Next SkyActiv Engines

    Mazda says its next-generation SkyActiv engines will achieve a 30-percent boost in efficiency.

  • BMW turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine

    Progress must be coming at a much faster pace than we thought: Conventional gasoline engines will power only a minority of the new cars sold just two years hence, according to a new report. That means more than half the vehicles sold will have hybrid, diesel, natural gas, or plug-in electric powertrains, right? DON'T MISS: Auto Industry Doing Fine In Meeting Gas-Mileage Goals, It Turns Out Stunning. Except that's actually not quite what the report, Automotive Fuel Efficiency Technologies (via The Car Connection), actually says. A gasoline engine stops being "conventional," in Navigant's eyes...

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    Diesel Vs Small Turbo Gas Engines: Does Real-World MPG Matter?

    As fuel efficiency standards tighten continuously between now and 2025, buyers will have more powertrain options to chose from. And many have suggested there's a battle coming among smaller gasoline engines, diesels, and hybrids. If so, we hope that buyers will do the research to look at the...

  • VW logo and sign at opening of Volkswagen engine plant in Silao, Mexico
    For Greener Cars, Don't Count The Gasoline Engine Out Yet

    Plug-in electric cars get a lot of press, perhaps more than their current sales might warrant. It's clear to industry analysts that the proportion of plug-ins among new cars produced will grow, slowly, over the coming years and decades. But don't count the gasoline engine out just yet. The rate of...

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