October 2016

Aston Martin and Red Bull mix a V12 engine with lightweight materials in AM-RB 001 supercar


Tesla updates its software to improve Autopilot safety

Volvo could introduce GPFs to meet emissions targets

JLR develops first gasoline unit of Ingenium engine family

Honda’s latest Civic benefits from new, more rigid, platform


Bosch brings water injection to gasoline engines

Lexus makes driving more comfortable with protein seat

Kia develops eight-speed automatic for transverse engines

SsangYong expands the space  with the Tivoli XLV


Fully autonomous functions are coming, but it’s a complex path

Viewpoint: Lubricant systems need to enter the digital age

Milestones: Starting the sports car market with the Vauxhall C10 

Diary: All the events that you need to attend

Recruitment: Time for a career move? Look here

The Job: The finer details of working at Renault Sport


SEAT Ateca

The OEM’s first SUV is based on MQB architecture and benefits from an efficient powertrain

Land Rover Discovery

An aluminium architecture and four-cylinder engine boosts efficiency in the large SUV

Cover story

Aston Martin and Red Bull mix a V12 engine with lightweight materials in AM-RB 001 supercar

Q&A: Lutz Stiegler

Volvo’s powertrain chief on the importance of minimising complexity in engine systems

Four chargers

How Bugatti integrated sequential turbocharging on its 1,103kW W16 gasoline engine


Why studying the human brain is helping University of California researchers to detect pedestrians

Q&A: Kiyoshi Shimizu

The Honda Clarity’s chief engineer explains how fuel-cell costs will fall in the future

Functional design

Inside ARM’s latest processor developed to improve safety in autonomous vehicles

Safety talk

How improved sensors and faster chip technology are expanding Daimler’s ADAS systems

Different perspective

Volvo’s head of R&D discusses why autonomous vehicles and not EVs are the next big challenge


The need to meet emissions targets means that diesel still remains a key technology for the industry. So no matter what the implications of Dieselgate, engineers will continue to develop compression ignition technology.

What is key is improving combustion efficiency and minimising the amount of NOx, particulate matter and CO2 that is emitted from vehicles fitted with these powertrains. We take a look at how advanced computer simulation tools are helping engineers to design improved diesel engines and how better closed-loop systems are increasing control of the combustion process so that diesel units continue to play a significant part in emissions reduction.

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