Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it will invest £355 million ($484 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) to construct a state-of-the-art advanced engine facility in the UK, as the automaker seeks growth by addressing global demand for low-emission gasoline and diesel engines.
On Friday, General Motors swung open the doors to its "state-of-the-art," $200-million diesel engine factory located in Thailand's eastern Rayong province. This facility is the U.S. automaker's first diesel production site in Southeast Asia and part of Thailand's push to become a bigger producer of eco-friendlier vehicles.
In a lawsuit filed in early July, Navistar, a U.S.-based manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engines, accused U.S. Environmental Protection Agency director, Lisa Jackson, of not upholding the Clean Air Act and the Agency of not acting to protect public health. At issue is whether emissions-control systems that rely on a fluid (for example, a urea solution, commonly referred to as selective catalyst reduction or SCR) work in the real world, where the tanks may not be filled up.
General Motors says it will invest €20 million ($28.4 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) at its Powertrain Engineering Center in Torino, Italy. This investment comes on top of the €30 million ($42.6 million U.S.) that GM spent to establish the center back in 2005.
Not too long ago, Hyundai didn't compete directly with anything coming out of Germany (or perhaps that's the other way around). Now Hyundai is determined not to let up on its recently-made foes. Today it unveiled the R-Engine, a new diesel in two capacities that the company says "can comfortably beat the power outputs of all German and French competitors." So there.
While the headline for this J.D. Power survey highlights the significant rise in global demand for diesel engines in light-duty vehicles, the article points out that the increase will be seen outside of Western Europe, which has been the driver for growth of diesel vehicle demand in the last 10 years. The diesel share for the U.S. is expected to grow significantly, while other countries like Japan are still skeptical about oil burners. Even though Japan remains hesitant, Toyota is predicted to b