December 2015

Meeting targets: How Mazda will grow its business with more efficient technologies

News

Kia plans to launch fully autonomous vehicles by 2030

Fiat's 124 Spider returns with help from Mazda

Volvo and Microsoft join forces to push forward autonomy

Toyota increases efficiency in the Prius hybrid sedan

Technology

Lexus improves suspension in the RX SUV

Centre airbag developed by ZF TRW minimises injury

Researchers boost lithium-ion battery performance

Toyota's hybrid knowledge aid  Mirai fuel cell vehicle

Regulars

Push for more SUVs could aid drive for electrification

Viewpoint: Leave no stone unturned when lightweighting

Milestones: Drum brakes are thanks to Daimler and Renault

The Job: The Volvo engineer who  saw the jump to digital 

Features

Opel-Vauxhall Astra

A new architecture, LED lights and a charged three-cylinder make the hatchback more competitive

Jaguar XF

First-time use of aluminium has led to an increase in refinement for the luxury sedan

Nissan Leaf

Increasing the battery pack's energy density pushes the EV's range to 250km on a single charge

Cover story

Greater investment in adaptable, efficient technologies and a growing SUV line-up will aid Mazda's growth

Small beginnings

How Warwick University has grown to become a major player in the automotive industry

Balancing act

BMW's fresh approach to chassis development could drastically cut vehicle project cycles

Forward thinking

Opel-Vauxhall's refreshingly honest chairman outlines the firm's SUV-led approach to business development

Focus  

Transmissions and drivelines

As electric vehicle technology develops, so too are the transmissions that support them. While single-speed systems have, for some time now, been considered the transmission of choice, engineers are starting to increase the number of ratios. We find out from GKN and DSD the advantages and challenges of providing such transmissions. 

Additionally, Daimler explains how its torque converter knowledge is providing efficiency and performance to all-wheel drives

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