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Power Bits - December 2013

All The Torque That's Fit To Twist

Tori Tellem
Nov 13, 2013
Photographers: Manufacturers
Ram is the Ideal Truck
Owners rated their ’13 cars and trucks for AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards, and Ram was named Most Ideal Popular Brand. Owners had to decide what was, well, ideal in 15 different categories in terms of what they would/would not want to change. Categories ran the gamut, from acceleration and storage to power and safety. The survey was based on driving the vehicle for 90 days.
Photo 2/11   |   2013 Ram 1500
Word of the Month: Swirl
Meet Chevy Cruze diesel technology: a variable-swirl intake system. It’s what’s utilized for the mixing of air/fuel. Each cylinder has two separate intake ports, one controlled by a valve. While things are swirling, each throttle valve varies the amount it will open to make that mix-motion of the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder.
Photo 3/11   |   Chevy Cruze Diesel Swirl Image
Corn Oil for Diesel
Neste Oil is using technical corn oil (that’s a residue that comes from ethanol production) with the feedstocks that produce NExBTL renewable diesel. “Our strategic aim is to constantly extend the range of renewable feedstocks we use to produce renewable fuels, and in particular the volume of waste- and residue-based materials we use,” said Matti Lehmus, Neste Oil’s executive vice president, oil products and renewables.
Rumor of the Moment:
A new 2.0L I-4 TDI, known as the EA288, for both VW and Audi. It will make 150 horses and 236 lb-ft of torque, while being up to 45 percent cleaner than the current 2.0L TDI engine. Eventually, it will be available in the Beetle, Golf, Jetta, and Passat.
Photo 4/11   |   Audi Tdi Vehicles
A Diesel Anniversary
It was August 10, 1893, when Rudolf Diesel managed to start an engine designed to run on diesel, or what they called in olden times, compression-ignition. That makes it 120 years ago, if you’ve run out of fingers and toes to do the math. September 2013 marks 100 years since Rudolf’s death.
Photo 5/11   |   Diesel Engine
What is, 1.5 Million Engines?
That’s the answer. The question is: How many engines did Cummins produce at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York. Called JEP, it was born in 1974 and produces—you guessed it—heavy-duty diesel engines. Fun fact: It’s one of Cummins’ largest manufacturing joints, equaling about 12 percent of total engine production.
Photo 6/11   |   Cummins Logo
Mazda6 First Diesel to Win at Indy
Could it really be 60 years since a diesel raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? That makes for six consecutive wins in the Grand-Am GX class for the SpeedSource Mazda6 Skyactiv-D team when we went to press.
Photo 7/11   |   Mazda Race Car
“We’re wondering if we will see an uptick in diesel discussions, and if those discussions outnumber those focusing on hybrids.”
—Justin Osborne, general manager of brand marketing for Volkswagen, to Automotive News
Petersen Automotive Museum to Get a New Look
You may not normally pay much attention to the exterior of a museum—in fact, you probably barely notice it on your way to the goods inside. Well, good luck missing this exterior. It’s an early sketch of the possible redo of the Petersen Automotive Museum, which hasn’t had a freshening in 20 years.
Photo 8/11   |   New Petersen Museum Rendering
Maserati Diesel
It’s called Ghibli. It’s the first Maserati in production to offer a diesel. It’ll have the same engine as the Jeep Grand Cherokee: the VM Motori 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel.
Photo 9/11   |   Maserati Diesel
Mopar Parts for the Grand Cherokee
Mopar is offering upward of three figures of parts and accessories for the ’14 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As in, more than 100 parts and accessories.
Photo 10/11   |   Jeep Grand Cherokee Door Sill
Diesel Bits
The Volkswagen Passat has turned 40 years old.
Total fail: Ram introduced a Rumble Bee concept pickup based on the ’60s Super Bee car…and then stuffed it with a Hemi instead of the new diesel.
Ford is running a Ranger designed and built in South Africa in the ’14 Dakar Rally.
More Ford: Mile Kluzner, the guy who designs software for onboard fuel system diagnostics on Ford vehicles sold around the world, used to design laser weapon systems that could disable the nav system of enemy satellites.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Engine Research Center published a paper in Fuel about the effects of a biodiesel-gasoline blend used in diesel engines.
Hertz has made its rental cars all nonsmoking.
Navistar and Cummins nailed it—as in, they nailed a 10,000-plus order from International Trucks with the Cummins ISX15 engine and SCR aftertreatment system.
The ’13 Land Rover Range Rover was deemed a Best Car You Can Buy by Edmunds.com. So was the Ram 1500.
Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing (or Reman, for you hipsters) is expanding its Minnesota digs by 30,000 square feet.
Union Pacific has invested $10.5 million into the rail line between Allerton, Iowa, and Lock Springs, Missouri. About 67,000 railroad ties will be replaced and 41,600 tons of rock ballast will be installed.
Photo 11/11   |   Locomotive

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