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Here’s how Audi uses electric compressors to eliminate turbo lag

Automakers have started using electric compressors to help eliminate lag in their turbocharged engines. The first with the technology was Audi, which introduced it in its SQ7 TDI high-performance diesel SUV sold overseas. The SUV's engine features a pair of turbochargers, a diesel V-8, a 48-volt electrical system, and an electric compressor, also referred...

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Amazon will now deliver packages to your car

Select Amazon shoppers now have a new option for delivery of their purchases: the trunk of their car. Amazon announced the new service on Tuesday and it will roll out for owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Volvo vehicles. The process is relatively straightforward and requires an active OnStar or Volvo On Call account. Users must then link the...

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This instructional video is Honda’s latest effort to save the manual

Honda wants you to #GiveAShift give a shift. And so do we, because driving a vehicle with a manual transmission is a rewarding endeavor that's transitioning into the realm of lost art. To help those of you who are afraid to jump into a three-pedal vehicle, Honda has prepared a video that offers up a clear explanation of the basic action that is driving a...

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Lightning fast: Audi e-tron will charge quicker than a Tesla

Audi's upcoming e-tron electric SUV will have a slick feature up its sleeve when it hits European roads: the battery will be able to charge more quickly than today's Tesla hatchbacks on their dedicated Supercharger network. The keys to its rapid refueling are a dense, powerful battery pack and a new high-speed charging infrastructure. The battery pack...

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How dynamic skip fire tech can cut V-8 fuel use up to 20 percent

Delphi's dynamic skip fire, developed by Silicon Valley startup Tula Technologies, is set to make its debut in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra, promising big fuel economy improvements for the big trucks. While normal drivers may never even realize the system is hard at work, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to help us...

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Jaguar Land Rover developing system that lets cars ‘see’ around corners

Thanks to modern communications and sensor technology, it will soon be possible for cars to know what's immediately around them even when the line of site is blocked, in a sense making them able to see around corners. This ability is one of the core pillars of most self-driving systems being developed, including that from Jaguar Land Rover. But even if you...

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BMW’s biggest battery will have 120-KWH capacity, over 400 miles of range

The BMW Group's plans for an electrified future will arrive in several stages over the next seven years, and part of the strategy will include a whopping 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack capable of providing over 400 miles of range. The battery specifications were noted in an Automotive News (subscription required) report on Wednesday. BMW Group research and...

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BMW shows off next-generation digital instrument cluster

BMW has given us a peek at its forthcoming digital instrument display, and it promises to offer customizable information and greater ease of use. In the Tuesday announcement at Digital Day 2018, BMW said the new digital gauge cluster will be part of what it calls Operating System 7.0. The system is entirely digital, and it has been tailored to the user's...

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American automakers lobbying for 91-octane gasoline as the new regular

Our gas is listed in a range of octane offerings, but American automakers are looking to simply that. By doing so, they say, they'll clean up the air, boost fuel economy, and save us money at the pump. According to a report in Automotive News, GM, Ford, and FCA are working with the U.S. Council for Automotive Research on a plan to change from three octane...

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