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Australia’s Bolwell Plans Lightweight Supercar

Australia’s Bolwell Corp. is developing a new supercar to unveil at the Motorclassica classic car in Melbourne this autumn.

Production

Desay to Open Autonomous-Vehicle Test Center in Singapore

China’s Desay SV Automotive Ltd. is opening a research and development center in Singapore that will focus on Level 4/5 autonomous vehicle, connectivity and cybersecurity systems.

Hybrid

Caterpillar Invests in Fisker

Caterpillar Inc.’s venture capital subsidiary has made an unspecified investment in California-based electric vehicle startup Fisker Inc.

Business

Dana to Buy Swiss Driveline Business

Dana Inc. has agreed to buy the Drive Systems segment of Switzerland’s Oerlikon Group for 600 million francs ($600 million).

Business

Honeywell to Rebrand Turbo Unit as Garrett

Honeywell International Inc. will rename its turbocharger business as Garrett when it spins off the unit later this year.

Hybrid

Harley to Develop Electric Motorcycles with Alta Motors

Harley-Davidson Inc. has made an unspecified investment in Brisbane, Calif.-based Alta Motors to help it further develop and launch an all-electric motorcycle in 2019. 

Autonomous Vehicles

Australian Mining Company Expands Autonomous Truck Fleet

Mining and metals giant Rio Tinto Group plans to retrofit 60 trucks with autonomous driving technology to grow its self-driving fleet in western Australia to 140 vehicles by the end of 2019.

Propulsion

PSA Launches Transmission Venture in India

PSA Group has partnered with India powertrain supplier Avtec Ltd. to build transmissions at rates as great as 200,000 per year.

Business

Denso Invests in Lidar Developer

Denso Corp. has made an unspecified investment in Trilumina Corp., an Albuquerque, N.M.-based company that specializes in solid-state lidar (light detection and ranging) and other laser-based technologies.

Business

Mustang Passes “Go” In New Monopoly Game

The Ford Mustang muscle car will be one of the six playing pieces in the 2016 edition of Hasbro’s Monopoly Empire, a spinoff of the classic Monopoly board game.

Diesel

Motiv Engines Unveils Updated Split-Cycle Engine

Motiv Engines LLC says the latest version of its so-called Clarke-Brayton cycle engine is twice as efficient as a gasoline powerplant and has 20% greater efficiency than a modern diesel.

U.S. Army Pursues One-Fuel Strategy for Piston Engines

One long-standing objective of the U.S.

Diesel

Owners Less Satisfied with Heavy-Truck Engines

The technology required to meet U.S. diesel emission standards is causing more engine problems and less owner satisfaction among Class 8 truck owners, according to J.D.

Propulsion

More on Natural Gas Vehicles

According to NaturalGas.org, “The United States has vast resources of natural gas available for extraction.

Sales

IT for the Aftermarket

 Information technology (IT) can have a big impact on the important area of aftermarket parts.

Visteon Sells Lighting Unit to Indian Buyer

Visteon Corp. says it has agreed to sell its lighting division to India's Varroc Group for $92 million in cash.

Propulsion

Powertrain Machining Approaches—Then & Now

Although production volumes are going up, the need for flexibility in powertrain machin-ing has grown more important. Here’s a look at how things have changed.

Materials & Lightweighting

Serious Aluminum for Military Vehicles

Even though the Oshkosh Defense Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4 is highly capable in the field, it is going to be more so thanks to the fact that Alcoa is going to be providing ArmX aluminum armor kits for the vehicle to protect against improvised explosive devices.

Daimler, Rolls-Royce Poised to Raise Tognum Bid

Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce Group plc are likely to raise their bid for engine maker Tognum AG to about €26 per share from the initial €24 according to Bloomberg News, which cites an unidentified source.Daimler already owns 28.4% of Tognum, thus allowing it under German law to block any other potential bid.

Daimler, Roll-Royce May Bid on Tognum

Daimler AG and aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce Group Plc. say they may make a joint bid to buy Tognum AG, the German maker of large, heavy-duty engines.

Daimler, Roll-Royce Consider Joint Bid on Tognum

Daimler AG and aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce Group Plc. say they may make a joint offer to buy Tognum AG, the German manufacturer of large heavy-duty engines.

Japanese Chassis Supplier Plans Parts Plant in China

Kanagawa, Japan-based Press Kogyo Co. plans to open a new 1 billion yen ($12 million) facility in Suzhou, China, next fall to make parts for construction equipment, The Nikkei reports.

Design

Indian IT Firm Adds Engineering Service Operations

Birlasoft Ltd. has acquired the engineering design services unit of Avtec Ltd.