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Honda details the production process behind the industry's first FWD 10-speed automatic transmission

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Introduced to the US market in 2017 with the launch of the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) was the first Honda plant in the world to produce the new 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


SHOW NEWS: Piston deactivation engine takes centre stage

The world’s first piston deactivation engine (PDE) has made its debut at Engine Expo 2012. Joseph Scalzo, from Scalzo Automotive Research, unveiled the concept at the Messe Stuttgart, and has been kept busy throughout the day with visitors from all over the world wanting to know more about the technology.

Not to be confused with cylinder deactivation technology, PDE, says Scalzo, represents a much better way of achieving substantial fuel economy at a much lower cost using existing manufacturing processes, rather than high-cost hybrid technology.

At Engine Expo 2012 Scalzo revealed a prototype 1.7-litre, three-cylinder PDE that has run successfully on one, two and three pistons. Unlike cylinder deactivation engines, where the pistons still operate within the cylinder, PDE stops the pistons from moving and they are ‘parked’ until required. Scalzo says this substantially reduces overall engine friction and pumping losses and, at the same time, enables the operating piston(s) to work with a much higher open-throttle efficiency.

Scalzo’s prototype engine has been based on one half of a GM six-cylinder, 3.6-litre Alloytec unit. It uses part of the cylinder block with pistons, and the complete head and part of the manifold, thus effectively creating multicapacity engines of 567cc, 1,130cc and 1,700cc.

13 June 2012


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