September 2016

Why Porsche moved to flat-four and flat-six turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engines


Toyota research initiative tackles artificial intelligence

Daimler electrifies heavy commercial vehicles

VW software fix for 1.2-litre diesel engines approved

Cylinder deactivation makes the Skoda Kodiaq more efficient


Range of compression ratios for Infiniti’s latest gasoline engine

Borgward integrates Conti’s instrument cluster in its BX7 SUV

Altair contributes to Ferrari’s new vehicle architecture

The Up! has a more powerful engine and updated infotainment


Turbocharging will help us meet short-term efficiency targets

Viewpoint: Functionality and costs for hybrids must improve

Milestones: Why the Lotus Elise is a sports car benchmark

Diary: All the events that you need to attend are here

Recruitment: Ready for your next career move? Look here

The Job: McLaren director on bespoke engineering


Alfa Romeo Giulia

The D-segment sedan mates a charged V6 and a lightweight structure to compete

Kia Sportage

Improving NVH and increasing engine efficiency were key areas for this SUV’s development

Audi Q2

The MQB architecture and cylinder deactivation were important for Audi’s smallest SUV


Werner HuberBMW’s driving assistance and perception head on the future of autonomous driving

Cover story

Why Porsche moved to flat-four and flat-six turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engines

Battery IQ

Reducing waste and increasing battery performance with Stuttgart’s Fraunhofer Institute

Every little counts

Federal-Mogul’s technology chief Gian Maria Olivetti explains the path to more efficient powertrains


Martin CockrilASDEC’s technical specialist explains how the firm’s testing system can benefit the industry

Virtual space

AVL’s virtual calibration testing will help OEMs to meet emissions targets

Focus: Hybrid vehicles

The demand for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles has never been stronger, and is only intensifying.

It is for this reason that hybrids are increasingly seen as part of the solution for OEMs.

As their reach into the mainstream continues, the need to curtail the inefficiencies found in such complex powertrains is growing.

The transmission is an area that Drive System Design has earmarked for big gains in this regard.

We also hear from Hyundai-Kia which has started to focus on engine development specifically for hybrid purposes.

As legislation tightens, the efficiencies gained will only become more desirable.

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