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Tom Murphy, Managing Editor, WardsAuto presents: What’s the state of the art in electrification? And what’s making these electrified powertrains more competitive with internal-combustion engines? What’s next for ICEs as automakers look to raise the bar on performance and efficiency and extend the life of more conventional powertrains? We’ll discuss what we’ve learned from this year’s Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems testing and where we think powertrain technology is headed in the years to come.
The Ford brand sold 178,856 vehicles, down 4.5% on a daily basis, while Lincoln sold 8,679 vehicles, up 5.5%. The results reflect Ford’s decision to emphasize pickup trucks, SUVs and CUVs while discontinuing all car models except for Mustang.
The Saginaw, MI, supplier has 12 active programs for steer-by-wire systems in autonomous vehicles classified as Level 3, 4 or 5. For one customer, Nexteer started production last year on Level 5 steer-by-wire systems for a prototype fleet of 500 vehicles.
Chrysler and Fiat brand sales were down 21.3% and 49.1%, respectively, based on daily sales rate. Overall, FCA US delivered 213,142 vehicles in the U.S. in May, a 7% increase over prior-year, according to Wards Intelligence data.
With 3D printing, a piston can be created one layer at a time, and a super-strong honeycomb lattice can replace the solid material, reducing mass about 25%. The supplier says it will have a 3D-printed piston running in a prototype diesel engine soon.
Production of the all-new heavy-duty ’20 Silverado begins in fall 2019, after light-duty and medium-duty trucks launch this year.