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Peugeot EX1 electric concept car gets Nexteer?s high-performance electric power steering   Print  
Nexteer worked with Peugeot to give the prototype EX1 electric sport scar steering feel to match the car?s dynamic looks and performance. Monday, 6th December 2010

Nexteer’s single-pinion electric power steering (EPS) system provides the core technology
behind an innovative driving concept

Paris, 6 December 2010 – The EX1 concept car, developed by PSA to demonstrate how dynamic and desirable electric vehicles can be, has a current production single pinion electric power steering (EPS) system from Nexteer Automotive at the heart of its innovative steering concept. The low-friction, high-efficiency single-pinion system helps to ensure that the EX1’s driving experience matches its futuristic looks.

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3M brings lightweight acoustic materials for hybrid vehicles to Europe   Print  
Abs Master, head of 3M?s European Automotive Acoustics Group, says: ?Thinsulate can already be found in every single Japanese hybrid ? interest from European manufacturers is strengthening too.? Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Special versions of Thinsulate material from 3M help Honda and Toyota to refine their hybrid vehicles’ acoustics quality

30 November 2010  Diversified technology company 3M is bringing lightweight acoustic materials, designed to make hybrid vehicles more refined, to Europe. Having worked closely with manufacturers on some of the world’s most successful hybrid programmes, including Toyota’s Prius and Auris and the Honda CR-Z, 3M plans to apply its expertise to other vehicles via its recently-formed European Automotive Acoustics Group.

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BWI develops lighter, smarter passive dampers   Print  
BWI has reduced typical damper weights from 4kg to 3kg by using structural plastics instead of metal brackets and spring seats, by varying the wall thickness of the damper tube, and by using hollow piston rods Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Latest generation technology improves ride and handling and saves 4kg per car

Krakow – Global braking and chassis systems specialist BWI Group has developed a new generation of lightweight smart passive dampers for B, C and D-segment vehicles. The application-ready units improve cars’ handling without compromising passengers’ ride comfort and without the need for more expensive, heavier adaptive dampers.

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Ferrari awards Best Partner status to BWI   Print  
BWI supplies its innovative MagneRide suspension to the Ferrari 458 Italia Monday, 29th November 2010

Supercar maker recognises contribution from MagneRide suspension technology following seven years of outstanding contribution to the legendary marque’s ride and handling

FRANKFURT, Germany – BWI Group, the Tier One supplier of chassis technologies, has been awarded Ferrari’s prestigious Best Partner status. Presented at the Podio Ferrari 2010 ceremony in Maranello, the award recognises the outstanding contribution that BWI has made over the last seven years, most recently with the supply of its MagneRide suspension system for the acclaimed Ferrari 458.

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XPart network now offers complete SUPLEX coil spring range   Print  
XPart is now supplying the complete range of SUPLEX coil springs via its nationwide network of parts wholesalers Thursday, 25th November 2010

Garages can now buy the complete range of SUPLEX coil springs from XPart’s nationwide network of wholesalers and AutoService centres. The parts specialist was the first in the UK to distribute SUPLEX springs and has now broadened its core range of fast-moving parts from 400 to 3,500 part numbers, in line with customer demand. Parts managers can order by locating their nearest XPart wholesaler at www.xpart.com.

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Drive Motor Retail joins the XPart All-Makes programme   Print  
Franchise dealership Drive Motor Retail is now offering an all-makes factoring operation to its customers by investing in XPart?s All-Makes programme Thursday, 18th November 2010

Franchise dealership Drive Motor Retail is now offering an all-makes factoring operation to its trade customers by investing in XPart’s All-Makes programme

Drive Motor Retail has joined XPart’s All-Makes parts programme, an all-makes parts solution that allows franchise dealers to operate their own factoring operation. Parts manager Mike Brant has already recorded a 15 percent uplift on the company’s non-franchise business in the past month, and hopes to generate £500,000 of all-makes part sales over the coming year. The Bristol-based franchise dealer officially launched its new all-makes proposition to trade customers in October with an open day at its premises.

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Federal-Mogul?s family of High Temperature Alloy (HTA) gasket materials and coatings ensure long-term, reliable exhaust sealing and are matched to meet thermal and mechanical requirements for a wide range of demanding engine applications. Wednesday, 17th November 2010

High temperature materials and coatings seal exhaust joints at 1000°C and above

Wiesbaden, Germany  November 17, 2010 … Federal-Mogul Corporation (NASDAQ:FDML) today announced it has developed a portfolio of advanced High Temperature Alloy (HTA) materials that help to ensure reliable long-term exhaust sealing, even on the most demanding powertrain applications with fluctuating high temperatures and dynamic mechanical loads.  The HTA technology, already proven in the heavy-duty diesel sector, is now applicable to light-duty diesel and gasoline engines as vehicle manufacturers’ strategies to reduce emissions pushes exhaust temperatures beyond 1000°C.

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Low-cost hybrid system wins award for heavy goods vehicle CO2 reduction technology   Print  
The Flybus consortium led by traction drive specialist Torotrak has been announced as a winner of this year?s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Technology Challenge Tuesday, 16th November 2010

Original- and retro-fit capability means potential for widespread application including some existing vehicle fleets

NOT FOR RELEASE BEFORE 09:00 Tuesday 16/11/2010

16 November 2010 The Flybus consortium led by traction drive specialist Torotrak plc (FTSE: TRK.L) has been announced as a winner of this year’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Technology Challenge. The Challenge this year identified technologies that can reduce the carbon footprint of heavy goods vehicles such as trucks and buses. The consortium is developing a low-cost, easily installed, flywheel hybrid system that reduces CO2 emission by around 20 percent during urban stop-start operation.

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Electric-drive specialist celebrates success in inaugural low carbon vehicle event   Print  
The class-winning Zytek Mercedes Vito taxi pictured with another Challenge competitor that uses a Zytek integrated drivetrain: the production smart fortwo ev. Friday, 12th November 2010

Zytek Automotive takes class win with electric seven-seat taxi

In the first RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge, the award for Most Economical & Environmentally Friendly Multi-Purpose electric vehicle was won by Zytek Automotive, a world leader in EV powertrains and electric vehicle integration. Its electric Mercedes Vito seven-seat taxi finished the 57-mile run with around 30 percent of its battery capacity to spare. The event, a warm-up for the famous London to Brighton veteran car run the following day, saw over 60 eco-friendly vehicles competing for awards, watched by crowds estimated by the RAC at over 250,000.

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Supply chain agility is key to keeping the logistics sector moving during strikes   Print  
Evolution?s Brad Brennan believes that agility is key to keeping global supply chains moving during periods of industrial strike action Thursday, 4th November 2010

Following the recent wave of austerity strikes in Europe, emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical is advising manufacturers and their suppliers to take a more creative approach to contingency planning. Spanish airlines operated just 40 percent of international flights during austerity strikes in September, while chaos was experienced on French road networks in October as strikes over pension reform closed the country’s oil refineries and caused a quarter of France’s 12,500 fuel stations to run dry. As standard routes and modes of transport suffer from increasingly debilitating strikes on a more regular basis, Evolution’s Brad Brennan believes that global supply chains can keep moving if they show sufficient agility.

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