As German luxury brands have moved to smaller turbocharged engines with much-improved gas mileage, Volvo's entire U.S. lineup has remained powered by five- and six-cylinder engines. Yet with the introduction of a new generation of so-called Drive-E engines—and eight-speed automatic transmissions to match—Volvo is poised to catch up. The two new Drive-E engines we'll begin seeing early next year at Volvo dealerships—first in the 2015 Volvo V60, then in the S60 sedan and XC60 crossover (although for now only in front-wheel-drive models)—will arrive in two different...
Honda Presents Supercharged CR-Z Hybrid Hatch At SEMA Show
There’s been talk of a more powerful Honda CR-Z in the works ever since the hybrid ‘hot’ hatch was first launched. This was mostly because the CR-Z, which was billed as the first sporty hybrid, was neither sporty nor all that fuel efficient. Its official performance specs came in...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
German Tuner G-Power Builds World’s Fastest Natural Gas Powered Car
The G-Power name has become synonymous with extreme BMWs and the company’s latest Hurricane GS based on the M5 sedan fits in perfectly with that description. You may have read about G-Power’s past creations at our sister site MotorAuthority; such cars as the BMW M5 Hurricane RR, the...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Number Of Turbocharged Vehicles To Soar Thanks To CAFE Mileage Rules
There’s no doubt new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations introduced by the federal government are hitting automakers hard, especially here in the U.S. where traditionally low gas prices have meant vehicle size, weight and efficiency have never been much of an issue. But thanks...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
How Smaller Engines Offer More Power: Superchargers Vs Turbos
Turbochargers have been with us in volume production only since the Seventies, but superchargers have a long and honorable automotive history. They were used on the Blower Bentleys that won Le Mans 80 years ago, and have appeared ever since on high-performance engines, often larger ones. A boost...John Voelcker
Nissan Unveils Supercharged And Direct-Injected Three-Cylinder Engine
Hot on the heels of its new dual injector engine comes another relatively unique engine design from Japanese automaker Nissan. The latest innovative design consists of a compact 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with direct fuel injection and supercharger technology, boosting output to what...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
In the accelerating quest for greater fuel efficiency, boosting engines--with turbos or superchargers--is one way to pull more power out of a given displacement. Traditionally, superchargers have been driven by chain or belt powered from an engine's crankshaft. Now, a British engineering firm has introduced the world's first electrically driven supercharger for volume production. It says its new system can improve the fuel efficiency of gasoline engines to the point that they're competitive with diesels of the same power output. For gas, diesel, even turbo engines The firm, Controlled Power...