We drive Mazda’s Skyactiv-X and see the brand’s future, too
Mazda is a relatively small company-at least when compared to giants Toyota, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Nissan-but its size does have advantages. Over at the Hiroshima-based manufacturer's headquarters, concept cars become a reality relatively quickly, and technical innovations make
It's more than just a tour of the facility
When Aston Martin announced it would be using AMG engines, the internet wasn't happy. It rarely is, and we should never expect rationality when scrolling through the comments. Yet the dislike of Aston powering its latest sports cars with engines from
Variable compression explained
When Nissan announced that it was going to put a variable compression engine on the market, the reactions ranged from "Oh, wow!" to "It's never going to work." But Nissan's clever new technology has a lot going for it. Yet
Some say this could make diesel obsolete
It looks like there's no stopping the onslaught of small displacement turbocharged gasoline engines. Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Subaru, and Honda are just some of the brands that have embraced the technology. Nissan, however, wants to take things a step further.The
Can you guess what it's made of?
If you're viewing this on a mobile device and can't see the video, please click here. We're used to seeing scale models come in just about every size and constructed from nearly every type of material. Everything from die-
Improving fuel economy by 4.5%
Automotive manufacturers are already OCD about stripping weight from a car's chassis, body and interior by using exotic materials, but why not the engine itself? Obvious, isn't it? Well, Ford has had a go, and the results are not to
Like a go-kart on steroids
Remember the time when Honda used to be the Mazda of the car industry? Which is to say the era when the Japanese carmaker was exciting and fun. No? Then perhaps this little thing will remind you.This is the Honda Project
That's a lot of powerplants
Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer behind the Subaru brand of cars, is marking a milestone with the production of its 15 millionth horizontally opposed "boxer" engine.The milestone was achieved 49 years after FHI developed the horizontally opposed water-cooled four-cylinder
Our tech guru has the answers to your questions
Hi, sir Ferman. I'm a fan of Top Gear, and I really like your column. My car is a 1996 Toyota Corolla XL. I have been experiencing what appears to be the sound of backfire coming from my muffler. My mechanic
With 4 holdovers from last year's list
Automotive publication Ward's Auto has named its "10 Best Engines" for 2015, with the winners chosen from a pool of 37 all-new or improved powertrains, including four electric motors.The 10 engines that made it to the 2015 list are (
2.0-liter displacement makes 450hp
Whether you like it or not, turbocharging is the way to go. Tighter emissions standards and the pressure (no pun intended) to improve fuel economy have made carmakers turn to forced induction.Swedish carmaker Volvo has embraced turbocharging in a big way
On a virtual lap of the Suzuka Circuit
A week ago, we showed you the very first picture of Honda's Formula 1 engine for the 2015 season. Well, at the recently concluded Japanese Grand Prix, the carmaker released a teaser film--which it has now made available to the
Including its more fuel-efficient engine
A week after Honda revealed what the updated CR-V would look like in the US market, the Japanese carmaker has finally shared the details of the revised crossover, and it's certainly a lot more than just the usual facelift.The
Reviving partnership with McLaren
The 2015 Formula 1 season is still a few months away, but Honda has already shown the 1.6-liter turbo V6 engine it will supply the McLaren outfit next year."Working toward Honda's F1 participation starting in the 2015 season,
Supposedly even more powerful
The 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine of the Mercedes-AMG GT won't be exclusive to the supercar since Mercedes-Benz's high-performance brand has confirmed that this powerplant will also be used on the successor to the C63 AMG.
Perfect for that Shelby 289 FIA Cobra?
Yesterday, we told you about the limited-edition 289 FIA Cobras that Shelby American is making 50 units of. As we mentioned, the 50 cars are all just rolling chassis, which means they won\'t have any drivetrains underneath the frame and
3 diesel, 1 electric and 6 gasoline engines make the list
Ward\'s Automotive, a company that produces publications covering the car industry, has revealed its \"10 Best Engines\" for 2014, choosing the winners from an initial list of 44 powertrains that were evaluated by the publication\'s editors in October and November.
Instead of V6 hybrid propulsion
Honda has periodically dabbled in Formula 1, and apparently the Japanese carmaker was looking to cash in on its involvement in the sport by putting a V10 engine into the next-generation NSX. This was revealed by no less than Honda president
Have fun with these powerplants
Aftermarket tuners, rejoice! Hyundai has launched a factory crate engine program for its Lambda 3.8-liter V6 and Theta 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that \"will be offered to aftermarket tuners at a significantly lower cost than an equivalent
All gasoline engines
Ward's Automotive has revealed its 10 best engines for 2013, and for the first time in seven years, the list is made up entirely of gasoline-powered engines, with not a single hybrid, all-electric or diesel powertrain getting the nod.
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