Hitting at least 40 miles per gallon is practically a necessity to compete in the compact car segment these days, and the 2013 Dodge Dart has hit this mark with the all-new Aero package. The Dart Aero is Dodge's fuel economy package for the car that starts at $19,295 (not including the $795 destination charge), and while Hyundai has been saving the asterisks since 2010, many other automakers use a similar method to get that magic 40-mpg rating onto the Monroney label.
Drop a couple of cylinders, add start-stop technology, slap a turbo on, drop it in the Fiat 500 and call it a day. That's exactly what Fiat Powertrain Technologies has done with its newly-introduced two-cylinder TwinAir 85-horsepower engine. The engine has found its first home in the cuddly Cinquicento, but we expect the mill to expand to additional Fiat models soon.
Fiat's two-cylinder, 85 hp TwinAir engine
We've discussed Fiat's revolutionary MultiAir technology before and admit it's simply a shame that it's unavailable in the U.S. right now. As we eagerly await its arrival in several upcoming models, we'll tease you by dishing out more gushing prose about the benefits of Fiat's MultiAir technology. In particular, Fiat's 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine is so amazingly good that it shamed all of the competition for this year's "Best New Engine of 2010" award, presented as part of the Interna
Fiat's MultiAir technology is quite the breakthrough, even though few stories point out just how remarkable this technology really is. Let's see here: there's a 20 to 30 percent increase in fuel economy on top of a 10 percent increase in power and no downsides like turbo lag, huge cost increases or insanely expensive after-treatments. Sounds like a breakthrough worthy of recognition to us. We're geeked to find out that the MultiAir technology will make its way over to Chrysler engines, too.
Fiat is widely recognized for its achievements in several automotive-related technologies. The company is credited as the creator of the common rail diesel engine, which is employed by virtually all automakers now, and they are credited with the automated manual transmission, also in widespread usage. The company says its newest crowning achievement – the MultiAir induction technology – will make its way here to the States with the release of the Fiat 500 and the company believes tha
In a none-too-shocking announcement, Chrysler has said it will invest $179 million to convert its engine plant in Dundee, Michigan, from building the so-called World Engine to Fiat's 1.4-liter Fully Integrated Robotized Engine. Back in September, Chrysler bought out its former partners Hyundai and Mitsubishi so that it could utilize the Dundee facilities to build the new Multiair powerplants.
In a none-too-shocking announcement, Chrysler announced plans to invest $179 million to convert its engine plant in Dundee, MI, from building the so-called World Engine to Fiat's 1.4-liter Fully Integrated Robotized Engine. Back in September, Chrysler bought out its former partners Hyundai and Mitsubishi so that it could utilize the Dundee facilities to build the new Multiair powerplants.
Fiat's advanced Multiair technology could be an easy port to Chrysler's powertrains as the companies move ahead together. "It is low-invasive hardware" said Lucio Bernard of Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the division of the Italian automotive conglomerate tasked with developing the parts that make the cars go.
Fiat's advanced Multiair technology could find its way under the hood of future Chryslers as the companies move ahead together. "It is low-invasive hardware" said Lucio Bernard of Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the division of the Italian automotive conglomerate tasked with developing the parts that make the cars go.
Fiat's not planning to give up its title as the lowest CO2-producing line in Europe any time soon. While diesel engines remain the best choice when carbon emissions are the main concern, the Italian automaker has invested plenty of research and development into its Multiair technology for gasoline powerplants. The latest engines using this tech were unveiled earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show, as expected.
The biggest news of the year so far has been the proposed strategic global alliance between Chrysler and Fiat, two automakers that have drastically differing lines spread across drastically different markets. Certainly, that deal with the American automaker isn't all that Fiat has going on, and the Italian automaker is set to unveil a new line of engines at the Geneva Motor Show next month. So far, all of the engines are expected to be introduced in four cylinder guise, running on both gas and d