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Ford truck raises <b>fuel economy</b>

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 21:26
An F-150 with an “EcoBoost” 3.5-liter engine and two-wheel drive will get fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon on the highway, 17 MPG in city driving ...

Aluminum Ford F-150 MPG numbers are in

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 15:03
In using aluminum much more extensively than it has ever been used in U.S. market trucks before, Ford F-150 aimed for the fuel economy crown.

Ford Tops Very Tight Half-Ton Pickup Economy Game

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 14:45
The 2015 Ford F-150 4x2 with Ford's 325-hp 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine gets the best fuel economy rating of any gasoline-fueled full-size pickup in ...

Ride &amp; Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 12:48
Mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, it requires regular unleaded gasoline and has an EPA fuel economy rating ...

Hyundai + Kia Aiming To Triple “Fuel-Efficient Car” Offerings By 2020

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 11:52
The move is intended as a means of improving the manufacturers' image and standing with regard to competitiveness in fuel economy — partly owing ...

Parlamentskreis "Automobiles Kulturgut": "Oldtimer sind nicht nur ein Hobby für Reiche"

Pipe: Europe - Sat, 2014-11-22 11:48
Auch das gibt es im deutschen Bundestag: Eine Lobbygruppe, die ausschließlich für die Rechte von Oldtimerbesitzern kämpft. Oberstes Ziel ist freie Fahrt für die Klassiker - jederzeit und überall.

2015 Infiniti QX80 redesigned, has better ride, more technology

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 10:56
The DIG system provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non direct-injection ...

Ford: Aluminum F-150 truck more gas efficient

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 09:48
"There is still is a lot of upside available" in terms of further increasing fuel economy. He said Ford is likely to introduce a hybrid F-150 by 2020 and ...

F-150 Mileage Ratings Good, Not Great

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 09:15
On Friday, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel economy ratings for its 2015 ...

Google iLUC alert: Environnement & Santé publique: Agrocarburants : les Européens incapables...

ICCT ILUC - Sat, 2014-11-22 08:24
...changement d'affectation des sols indirect (CASI, ou ILUC en anglais, pour Indirect Land Use Change ). C'est le cas lorsque les plantations destinées aux agrocarburants entraînent la destruction de forêts...

Delphi and CMU spinout Ottomatika partner to accelerate automated driving; “connected automation”

Pipe: Advanced tech - Sat, 2014-11-22 07:28

Delphi Automotive PLC, which already offers a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, will partner with Ottomatika, Inc., a spinout from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Raj Rajkumar which provides advanced automated driving software, jointly to develop technology that will help accelerate automated driving.

Dr. Rajkumar is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at CMU; co-director of the CMU-Penn T-SET (Technologies for Sade and Efficient Transportation) UTC (US DOT University Transportation Center); co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Vehicular Information Technology Collaborative Research Lab; and led the development of the CMU advanced Autonomous Cadillac SRX. (Earlier post.)

Delphi, the company that first introduced automotive radar systems, will integrate its active safety technologies with Ottomatika’s automated driving software. The combination of the two creates a technology platform that enables a vehicle to make human-like decisions when driving in the city or on the highway.

The platform is flexible and can be expanded and upgraded as the software is updated. It will also support vehicle-to-environment (V2X) communications. The result, suggests Dr. Rajkumar in the video clip below, will be “connected automation”.

Using their individual strengths, Delphi and Ottomatika have developed a vehicle platform that can instantaneously make complex decisions, such as stopping and proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a city street.

Use case: Intersections. Click to enlarge.

Delphi is supporting the collaboration by making an investment in Ottomatika. (According to a new SEC filing, Ottomatika has raised $2,256,477 via a subordinated convertible promissory note.) Together, the two companies will design a short- and long-term roadmap of steadily increasing vehicle automation in the coming years.

Dealing with highly complex real-world decisions is a limitation for much of the current technology in the market. This partnership with Ottomatika will represent a significant step forward in making automated driving a reality. Your car just got a lot smarter.—Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer

Ottomatika leverages ground-breaking expertise and long-term experience in vehicle automation. Delphi and Ottomatika working together have the potential to solve the automated driving challenge, which makes roads safer for everyone.—Raj Rajkumar

2015 Ford F-150 offers highest EPA-estimated fuel economy among full-size gasoline-powered pickups

Pipe: Advanced tech - Sat, 2014-11-22 07:08

The new 2015 Ford F-150 (earlier post) 4x2 with Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine has EPA-estimated ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (12.4, 9.0 and 10.7 l/100 km, respectively)—the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gasoline-powered full-size pickup sold in America. That is 5% to 29% better than current F-150 models, depending on engine and driveline configuration on the combined cycle.

The improved performance is enabled by saving weight through the use of high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys plus smart engineering. Overall, up to 700 pounds (318 kg) of weight have been saved.

The weight savings not only improve fuel efficiency, they improve the new F-150’s capability and performance. Combined with EcoBoost engine technology, the F-150 now tows as much as 1,100 more pounds and hauls as much as 530 pounds more than today’s model with a 5% to 16% better power-to-weight ratio.

Ford offers new F-150 customers four engine choices: the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop; a new standard 3.5-liter V6 Ti-VCT engine; a more powerful available 5.0-liter V8 Ti-VCT engine; and an available premium 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

Compared to MY 2008 F-150s, the new trucks offer EPA-estimated fuel economy rating improvements of up to 43%; power-to-weight increases of up to 46%; towing improved by up to 3,900 pounds; and payload could improve as much as 1,390 pounds, depending on engine and configuration.

Ford has 2 million EcoBoost engines on the road in cars, utilities and trucks to date. EcoBoost technology was first offered for F-150 customers in early 2011 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. To date, Ford has sold 600,000 F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines.

Ford F-150 grabs highest EPA-estimated <b>fuel economy</b> of any full-size gasoline pickup

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 06:48
Up to 700 pounds lighter then previous Ford F-150's, the new F-150 lineup has earned the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any ...

The next pop can? How Ford's new F-150 trucks are shaking up the aluminum industry

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 06:26
The company said Friday that the truck's fuel economy is as much as 29% better than its older models, giving it the best ratings of any ...

Skandalklub: ADAC plant Radikalumbau

Pipe: Europe - Sat, 2014-11-22 04:07
Der ADAC kämpft um seinen Status als Verein - obwohl er längst wie ein milliardenschwerer Wirtschaftskonzern agiert. Nach Informationen des SPIEGEL und von NDR Info will der Skandalklub seine Strukturen nun radikal ändern.

Jobless rate falls in 34 states

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:03
WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of ...

Ford's better idea: 26 mpg pickup

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:03
The final figure met Ford's expectations of a more modest improvement, and represents 13 percent greater fuel economy than the current F-150.

Ford says aluminum pickup's <b>fuel economy</b> will rise 29%

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 00:15
Ford Motor Co. said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the ...

Kicking Tires: New Ford F-150 <b>Fuel Economy</b> Released

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 00:08
Ford just released its fuel economy estimates for the much-anticipated F-150 pickup. Our site has a full rundown on all the numbers ...

Ford notes 29% rise in <b>fuel economy</b> for aluminum-bodied pickup

Pipe: Passenger vehicles - Sat, 2014-11-22 00:03
SOUTHFIELD, Michigan -- Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel ...