Cummins diesel rescued from mud by Powerstroke

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A Cummins diesel truck gets stuck in the mud and has to be rescued by its automotive rival, a Powerstroke.

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Diesel-driven turbo converted into a jet engine

Diesel-driven turbo converted into a jet engine

According to the YouTube description, a couple of Gearheads claim that they’ve turned a diesel-driven turbo into a jet engine. In this video, they’re powering it with pressred air and adding diesel fuel.

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Volvo Car Group launches world-first injection technology in the new VEA engine family

Volvo's i-ART

From Volvo:

Volvo Car Group’s new engine family VEA (Volvo Engine Architecture) will be launched this autumn with world-first i-ART technology that helps to cut fuel consumption in the new diesel engines.

By featuring pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail, i-ART makes it possible to continuously monitor and adapt fuel injection per combustion in each of the four cylinders.

“Increasing the rail pressure to an exceptionally high 2,500 Bar, while adding the i-ART technology, can be described as the second step in the diesel revolution. It is a breakthrough comparable to when we invented the groundbreaking lambda sensor for the catalytic converter in 1976. It’s another world-first for Volvo,” says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Car Group.

He adds: “Each injector has a small computer on top, which monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.”

The combination of higher injection pressure and i-ART technology gives the customer an engine with improved fuel economy, considerably lower emissions and high performance output as well as a powerful sound character.

Launched autumn 2013

Volvo Car Group will launch the Volvo Engine Architecture in autumn 2013. With VEA, Volvo will also introduce a new 8-speed automatic gearbox that contributes to a refined drive and excellent fuel economy.

Diesel common rail and petrol direct injection are standard in the upcoming modular range of diesel and petrol engines.

Several levels of turbo charging open up for the flexibility to cover the whole range from fuel-efficient derivatives through to high power and torque variants. In order to cover all customer requirements, certain engines will also gain added performance via electrification or other spearhead technology.

“The new powertrains will boost driving pleasure through their agile, yet smooth, responsiveness and the seamless character of the new 8-speed automatic,” says Derek Crabb.

V8s are dinosaurs

“We will create smaller, more intelligent engines with so much power that they will turn V8s into dinosaurs. Our four-cylinder engines will offer higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation. On top of that, electrification will bring us up into power figures in today’s V8-territory,” says Derek Crabb.

The engines will be built at Volvo Car Group’s high-tech engine plant in Skövde, Sweden.

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Cummins S10 vs. Duramax Camaro

An S10 with a Cummins engine goes again a Camaro powered by a Duramax at the drag strip!

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Production of diesel Grand Cherokee confirmed by Jeep

Jeep has announced that is will reveal a diesel version of the Grand Cherokee at the 2013 North American international Auto Show next month in Detroit.

The vehicle is already offered in Europe, but the U.S.-version will have a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel that produces 190 HP at 4,000 rpm and 324.5 lb.ft. of torque at 1,600-2,800 rpm and 241HP at 4,000rpm and 405.7 lb.ft. at 1,800-2,800 rpm.

Fuel economy specs haven’t been announced for the U.S. model.

Last week, GM threw out the idea that it may produce a diesel version of one of its compact pickup trucks. With automakers pushing to meet fuel efficiency standards of the government, do you think it’s possible we’ll see more diesel-powered vehicles?

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2014 Mazda 6 with diesel engine premiers at LA Auto Show

Announced at the LA Auto show today was that the Mazda 6 sedan with be equipped with a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D engine. It’s said to put out 173 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque, but details about fuel economy haven’t been released yet.

According to AutoBlog.com, this is the same engine that was in the Euro-spec 2013 Mazda Cx-5.

The car is expected to arrive at dealerships early next year.

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