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Category Archives: Driving it Tomorrow

CLEVER ENGINE MOUNTS, PART 1

READING THAT Mercedes-AMG will feature second-generation magneto-rheological engine mounts brings back memories of a college summer job and later of deliberately pausing a tad in certain shifts with Ferrari’s traditionally … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

HCCI TO HIT THE STREETS WITH MAZDA SKYACTIV-X IN 2019

MAZDA HAS announced a production breakthrough coming in 2019 with its Skyactiv-X, hitherto a research goal known as Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition that combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

GOODBYE, INTERNAL COMBUSTION? PART 2

PLENTY OF countries around the world are questioning fossil-fuel mobility. Yesterday, we looked at proposed gasoline and diesel bans, of one sort or another, in the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, and … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

GOODBYE, INTERNAL COMBUSTION? PART 1

THESE DAYS, there’s a lot of governmental talk around the world about banning gasoline and diesel vehicles in favor of electric ones. Some of this thinking is laudatory. Some of … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHO WANTS DRIVERLESS CARS?

BOTH KEITH CRAIN, editor-in-chief of Automotive News, and I are gray-tops—and car enthusiasts. No doubt this colors our shared opinion of driverless cars. His editorial in the March 20, 2017, … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 2

LET’S EXAMINE automotive emissions and fuel economy following our look at Washington, D.C., shenanigans concerning 2025’s 54.5 mpg. Back in the 1960s, three automotive emissions were identified: HC, unburned hydrocarbons; … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 1

WHAT WITH the Trump administration’s gutting, some would say streamlining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, let’s examine some environmental and economic aspects of automobile regulations in the United States. This … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 3 Comments