Latest Automotive News

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GM offering new retirement packages, while hiring new engineers

While offering a new round of early retirement packages to skilled trades, GM is also attempting to hire more engineers to replace the brain drain of the last two years. This latest offer appears to be focused solely on adjusting its North American manufacturing staff since emerging from bankruptcy on July 10 last year.

Mecum Kissimmee Auction Will Feature Cobra Dragonsnake, Drag Cars

It's not too late to tell Santa Claus you've been a really good boy this year - and hope he buys it - with the announcement that a 1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake CSX2093 goes on the auction block at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction Jan. 26-30, 2011. Failing that plea, start looking for spare change in the couch.

Scuderi Group kicks off V-shape split-cycle engine

Scuderi, an engine development company, is literally running to the next stage of re-engineering the conventional four-stroke engine, as it will now include a new V-shape configuration. All design efforts to advance fuel efficiency is reflected in its announced filing of new patents, raising it patent portfolio to more than 476 patent applications filed and 154 issued in 50 countries.

Ford Will Build All Four Focuses in Michigan Assembly Plant

Ford invited the media out to its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne to show off the new facility that will build gas, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the 2012 Ford Focus. It will be the first automotive plant in the world, according to Ford president of the Americas Mark Fields, to build one car with four different powertrains.

New Bosch EL generators to meet demands of modern auto electrical systems

The demand for electrical power in cars has been increasing for decades, mainly due comfort and safety systems, but now the stop-start systems which reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is raising the bid. Thus, design engineers are increasingly burdened to meet all of those demands. Enter Bosch and its new Efficiency Line of generators.

Kia issues accelerator pedal TSB for 2011 Optima

Kia has issued a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) for concerns over the accelerator pedal assembly of the 2011 Optima. Multiple sources have reported this Kia TSB but it is unclear as to whether or not any vehicles have experienced an unintended acceleration issue similar to the one experienced by those seen in the millions of recalled Toyotas.

Ford F150 SVT Raptor takes Four Wheeler 2011 Truck of the Year

The 2010 Ford SVT Raptor introduced race-inspiring engineering to the street legal pickup truck segment but the balmy performance of the 5.4L Triton engine provided the Raptor from getting its due respect. However, with the introduction of the new 6.2L V8 to the SVT F150, the mighty Raptor has taken home the award for Four Wheeler Magazine’s 2011 Truck of the Year.

Automakers maybe inching closer toward sealed engines

Once upon a time we had to change our spark plugs, replace the contact points, condenser and cap. We even had to add grease to all of our wheel bearings, ball joints, steering joints and anything in the chassis that swiveled. Now we have sealed bearings, joints and swivels in a number of products. With new oil formulations, are engines next?

Toyota issues defense against accelerator pedal misinformation

A Toyota press announcement responds to recent critics who equated a late November, 2010, technical service bulletin with another recall for accelerator pedal problems. While it displays a sensitivity to the issue, the Toyota response explains the nature and intention of the technical service bulletin in question.