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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.

Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

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Exa Corporation and Denso collaborate on new project

Exa Corporation, a provider of simulation software for product engineering, and Denso Corporation, a leading automotive supplier, have announced a new collaborative partnership that will transform the way carmakers have traditionally interacted with suppliers. The partnership enhances the product development process by moving key engineering and design work from automotive suppliers to a certified simulation-driven process that can be done much earlier in the development process, reducing the number of late-stage vehicle design changes.

Using Exa’s digital simulation platform, Denso and Exa will create a validated Powerflow simulation database of Denso thermal products that will be offered to authorized automotive and heavy vehicle customers, providing the ability to simulate and integrate Denso’s technology and components early in the development process. This new process represents an important breakthrough in new vehicle design, as it replaces the current process which selects and tests supplier components much later in the development cycle, resulting in costly fixes to already established designs.

"This expanded ecosystem of validated components and subsystems will greatly change how the global auto industry develops new vehicles – by enabling OEMs and suppliers to collaborate in the earliest stage of design," said Steve Remondi, president and CEO of Exa. "The insight enabled will significantly reduce the billions of dollars spent annually testing and retro-fixing late-stage design problems. Ultimately, automakers will move into production with greater confidence that their supplier subsystems will perform as expected, achieving cost, time and quality targets."

"After more than 15-years of working closely with Exa for the design and development of our own products, we see an enormous potential in this collaborative partnership with Exa to dramatically impact our joint OEM customers," added Hirotsugu Takeuchi, executive director, Denso. "By reducing the amount of time and effort required to fix late-stage design problems, we’re helping carmakers bring better vehicles to market, more efficiently."

Carmakers are experiencing a period of dramatic change, and Exa’s simulation-driven design simulation platform will help them as they work to fully comply with dramatically changing global emissions and fuel efficiency regulations and simultaneously reduce their development costs and improve product quality and passenger comfort.

15 July 2016


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