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    Official: GM announces $332M investment into eco-minded powertrains

    General Motors has announced it will invest around $332 million to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions. The cash will be split between four manufacturing facilities, including Bedford, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Bay City and Flint, Michigan. The plants will use the ...

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    Report: Ford working on all-new small V6

    In addition to confirming the upcoming Kansas City-built Transit van, a recent UAW release states that Ford will be adding an "industry-leading small V6" to its powertrain lineup. Car and Driver reports that, while the automaker has yet to confirm the development of such an engine, Ford stated ...

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    Deep Dive: Getting intimate with the 2010 Honda CR-Z's powertrain

    When the 2011 Honda CR-Z hits the streets this Fall, it will feature the latest iteration of the company's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild hybrid system. The basic concept of IMA hasn't changed since the original Insight debuted in 1999, but it has been refined to improve performance and ...

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    Mazda6 diesel confirmed with hybrid-like 43 MPG

    Mazda SKY-D and SKY-G engines – Click above for high-res image gallery
    If there's one thing we're clamoring for here in the U.S., it's more diesel engines in passenger cars. Mazda will soon be answering our cries, as it plans to launch its all-new SKY-D powertrain in its "next-generation ...

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    REPORT: Diesels paying financial dividends back more quickly than hybrids

    2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In the ongoing battle between hybrids and diesels for "payback time" supremacy, the latest round goes to the oil burning posse. That's the report from Edmunds, which did a recent numbers crunch comparing the two fuel-saving ...

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    Spawn of Volt: More details on more variants

    Click above for live high-res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt
    GM is not going to let the Volt or its E-Flex powertrain get lonely. The first Volt -- the one due in late 2010 -- hasn't been finished yet, yet is so popular that GM is publicly theorizing about how far it can spread the technology ...

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    VIDEO: Ford Powertrain Director talks EcoBoost

    Autoblog talks EcoBoost with Ford Powertrain DirecTurbocharging has long been associated with performance, but the 103-year-old technology is also very efficient. A small displacement gasoline engine with a turbocharger can equal or out-perform similarly sized naturally aspirated motors while also ...

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    Martinelli unveils Fiat's new Formula 3 engine

    Paolo Martinelli is a name familiar to anyone who follows the technical side of Formula 1 racing. He joined Ferrari's powertrain department after graduating college in 1978, and has been in charge of the Scuderia's engine development program since 1994. Last year, however, Martinelli left Maranello ...

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    BREAKING: Chrysler announces lifetime powertrain warranty!

    var digg_url = ''; Chrysler today leapfrogged every other car maker by extending its powertrain warranty on every new car and truck it sells to the life of the vehicle. The warranty will ...

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    Volvo says it won't be building in North America

    There have been periodic rumors of a United States assembly plant for Volvo cars since at least the early 1980s. There was a North American construction arm of the Swedish carmaker, situated in Nova Scotia, but that plant has been shuttered for several years now. Volvo CEO Fredrik Arp has told ...

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    Hyundai offers big warranty on certified pre-owned vehicles

    Hyundai has just announced a new Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty on used (sorry, "previously owned") vehicles that are up to five years old and have less than 60,000 miles. Known for being the first to offer a 10-year/100,00 mile powertrain warranty on its new cars, Hyundai will now be ...

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    Industry-wide Warranty Round-Up

    General Motors dropped a bomb this week when it announced that it was upping its powertrain warranty coverage to 5 years/100,000 miles. That gives the General the best warranty coverage of any full-line automaker, but which company has the best overall warranty coverage and which the worst? Where ...

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    Chrysler may develop new V6 engine family

    Chrysler group CEO Tom LaSorda says that the company is considering developing a new line of V6 engines -- a decision he expects will be made by the end of the year. The engines will likely fit the Chrysler 300/Dodge Magnum/Dodge Charger platform, which is expected to go through a redesign in ...

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    GM Power Shop hits the road

    Both General Motors and Ford are making big inroads into the aftermarket world for high-performance parts, and now GM Performance Parts is taking it to the streets-- literally. The company has put together a mobile exhibit of its offerings called the GM Performance Parts Power Shop, which ...

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    Ford begins production of twin-turbo diesel V8

    Ford Motor's new top-of-the-line diesel (photo at right) starting rolling off the production line Friday at the company's Dagenham Diesel Centre in Britain. The new powerplant is a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V8 that puts out about 265 hp (270 ps) and 472 ft-lb. of torque (640 Nm). Up to 25,000 ...

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    General Motors demos diesel, gearing against heavy truck rivals

    General Motors recently hosted a drag strip race against its Ford and Dodge rivals to demonstrate a new diesel and transmission powertrain. In an old airstrip up in Beiseker, Alberta, Canada, the world’s largest automaker showed off its new 6.6 litre turbodiesel V8 Duramax engine with 360 hp ...


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