'We’re making actual production commitments regarding our advanced-technology strategy, rather than just talking about it,' says GM’s CTO Jon Lauckner. 'We’re absolutely going to be among the leaders, if not the leader, in these areas.'
Ford’s F-Series blockbuster was just the beginning. New micromills now in pilot phase aim to bring vastly stronger and more formable light-alloy materials at higher capacity, says Alcoa’s Mike Murphy.
From new lubricants to ‘smart’ oil pumps and clever bearing technologies, engine designers are attacking every potential source of spin losses and internal friction in the quest for more mechanical work out of less fuel.
The production NSX made its much-awaited global debut at NAIAS in January. More technical details of Acura’s mid-engine AWD hybrid supercar will be shared by Honda R&D experts at the SAE 2015 World Congress.