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ADS News – Yanmar America Announces Partnership with The Toro Company

By BusinessWirevia The Motley Fool
Posted 12:05PM 10/16/12 Posted under: Investing
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Yanmar America Announces Partnership with The Toro Company to Provide Tier 4 Compliant Diesel Engines for Commercial Applications

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yanmar America Corp., a division of Yanmar Company Ltd., is pleased to announce a partnership with The Toro Company to provide diesel engines for select commercial turf maintenance equipment. The Yanmar diesel engines will allow Toro to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 emissions regulations which go into effect January 1, 2013.

Yanmar will provide Toro with EPA compliant diesel engine models. The low total lifecycle ownership cost of Yanmar’s diesel engines along with innovative technology and reduced environmental impact were deciding factors in Toro’s decision to form a partnership with Yanmar. The first Toro products to feature Yanmar’s Tier 4 compliant diesel engine technology will be select commercial mowers over 25 horsepower.

Happy 100th Birthday to the Turbocharger

A century ago, Swiss engineer Alfred Buchi was studying steam turbines when inspiration struck: Why not spin the wheel with exhaust from an internal combustion engine and use the recovered energy to force-feed the intake side? It was a brilliant concept, since roughly a third of the energy in fuel is normally squandered out the tailpipe. Buchi applied for a patent to cover his invention in 1905.

What’s New in Diesel for 2013 in Canada?

You may have noticed an automotive trend here which certainly hasn’t been overlooked by car-makers – Canadians are increasingly following suit with our European cousins when it comes to our interest in diesel cars. Because diesel prices remain on a par with gas, and due to the fuel economy and durability of diesel engines, their popularity in Canada continues to grow. The list of available models here has, in turn, consistently expanded over the years, and 2013 looks to be no exception.
Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler plans to introduce diesel versions of its Jeep Grand Cherokee, with potentially other models in its Jeep line to follow in the future. Audi will soon be launching sales in Canada of its TDI Diesel A8. General Motors has plans to offer a diesel version of the Cadillac ATS as well. Porsche aficionados will be happy to know the Cayenne will soon be diesel-powered here in Canada.

Adding to current Volkswagen diesel offerings will be versions of the Beetle, followed by a diesel iteration of its Tiguan SUV. Mazda appears poised to be Asia’s first auto-maker to offer diesel-powered models in Canada, and aims to do so with its SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel by the 2014 model year.

There a number of factors driving this push toward diesel in Canada, and perhaps none as significant as this: according to Canadian Black Book, resale values of the average diesel is higher than gasoline equivalents. Add in the fact that diesel engines also far outlast their gas cousins, often exceeding 400,000 miles, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Look out, Canada! – For the Volkswagen Amarok

While other manufacturers (Ford Ranger, Ram Dakota) are discontinuing their mid-size pickup lines, Volkswagen is banking on its own entry, the Amarok, to be a hit in North America. No official date has been announced, but the German automaker is in talks with Canada and U.S. dealerships to introduce the pickup to the continent.
VW Amarok
According to Volkswagen Media Relations Manager Thomas Tetzlaff, “We are very interested, but are proceeding very slowly and very cautiously.” There are currently no decisions concerning which cab styles or powertrains would be made available once the green light’s been given. Regarding that proverbial ‘go’ signal, Tetzlaff adds,” “Our desire to bring such a product to market needs to be balanced with a strong business case. The costs we would need to incur in order to import the vehicle need to be factored into the equation and they are not insubstantial… the project is nowhere near a ‘green light’ just yet.”

Meanwhile, early returns from samplings of consumer interest in the Amarok have been very positive. The Volkswagen Amarok has already been selling in Europe, Russia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Recent word in the industry, though as yet unconfirmed, indicates that the 2013 line of powertrain options will include a TDI diesel version as well. With fewer models available in the segment, Volkswagen is hoping the Amarok will spur renewed interest in mid-size pickups here in Canada.

ADS News – The Passenger Car & Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) Diesel Engine Market 2013-2023

By Reportlinker
Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 – 8:35 am

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Passenger Car & Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) Diesel Engine Market 2013-2023 Diesel engines are becoming an increasingly attractive solution to high oil prices and the resulting high running costs of passenger cars and LDVs. Diesel engines are 20-40% more efficient than petrol engines depending on vehicle size and performance. Higher efficiency results in lower fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions for comparable performance. Diesel engines thus offer a solution to both economic and environmental challenges in the automotive sector. As a consequence Visiongain has determined that the total number of unit sales in the passenger car & LDV diesel engine market in 2013 will reach 11.54m.

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Diesel Goes the Distance – Long Distance Record on a Single Tank of Diesel

Driving a Volkswagen Passat TDI, John and Helen Taylor set a long distance record for traveling distance on a single tank of fuel. The Taylors managed an incredible 2,616.9 km (1626 miles) , smashing the previous record of 2,456.8 km set in a European version of the vehicle, a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 BlueMotion.
VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion

The record-setting journey by the Australian couple covered three days, driving in the U.S., under ‘real world conditions’, according to the Taylors, and included 54.4 kg worth of luggage. Their average fuel economy over the course of their travels was 2.8L/100km. Of the trip, John Taylor said, “We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel. The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record.”

The Taylors began their trek in Houston, Texas, ending in Sterling, Virginia, which resulted in a fuel economy of more than double the manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy for the Passat, which was a showroom-stock version provided by Volkswagen for the record attempt. The fuel capacity for the Taylor’s vehicle, as with the previous record-setting Passat was 18.5 gallons and was equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.

John and Helen Taylor are noted for setting over 40 records in fuel-efficient driving over more than 30 years, since 1982. Said Mr. Taylor, “We work always as a team to achieve not only driving goals but in our marriage.”

ADS News – Ford Fiesta Gets 90 mpg with ECOnetic Diesel Engine

Just when you thought the internal combustion engine was dead, Ford engineers produce a 1.6-liter diesel engine that blows away the fuel-efficiency marathon record with an astounding 90.65 mpg in a Ford Fiesta. The record was set at the respected Fleet World MPG Marathon event that was recently held in the UK. The Fiesta with ECOnetic Technology used just 16.22 liters (4.28 gallons) over the 624 km (388 mile) course. The marathon takes the competitors and their cars over public roads “through tricky conditions” in south Wales and the Cotswold region of England.
ford-fiesta
The record result was set during the 2012 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon, and was organized by Fleet World magazine in the UK. The diesel powered Ford Fiesta went up against competition including the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, Fiat Panda Multijet Easy, Volkswagen Golf Match Tdi 105 and Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi 1 Eco.

The driver used Eco-driving techniques, and the results were 21 percent lower than the official fuel-mileage ratings. But the results still come from real-world driving conditions on public roads. “Eco-driving techniques can massively lower your fuel consumption in any car, but to reach such levels you need a car designed for the job, and Fiesta ECOnetic Technology certainly is,” said Andreas Ostendorf, vice president Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe.

ECOnetic Technology brings together a range of new fuel-saving technologies. It starts with Fords new fuel-stingy 1.6-liter TDCi diesel engine. Diesel engines have always been known to be fuel-efficient and Ford’s new engine technology is proving they are here to stay. European automakers has been using diesel powerplants for decades and have been hugely successful in powering their cars.

Other ECOnetic Technology features on the marathon-winning Ford Focus include Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Active Grille Shutter, EcoMode, Gear Shift Indicator, bespoke engine calibration and optimized gear ratios with a six-speed transmission. The Fiesta also gets a lower suspension, wheel deflectors and low-rolling resistance tires that reduce friction from the air and road. The Ford Fiesta also incorporates special underbody shielding making it highly aerodynamic.

While most drivers won’t achieve the kind of mileage the marathon vehicle produced, the Ford Focus with ECOnetic Technology still gets impressive fuel economy of over 70 mpg. The Ford ECOnetic Technology will also be put in the new Ford Focus which will go on sale across Europe this month. The 2012 Ford Fiesta is already Europe’s number one selling small car, and when Ford of Europe’s most fuel-efficient passenger car hits showrooms, it may move the small diesel powered car to the top of the list. Let’s hope Ford brings the fuel-stingy diesel to the U.S.

ADS News – LiquidPiston Unveils Ultra Efficient, Small Diesel Engine

By Katie Fehrenbacher from Gigaom

The internal combustion is officially still alive, and delivering efficiency innovation.

While electric cars get a lot of media attention, the reality is that the internal combustion engine is far from dead, particularly for the future car owners in the developing world. A startup called LiquidPiston — which has been around for years and which got its start as a father-son team in a business plan competition at MIT — is in the process of developing a diesel engine which is far more efficient, smaller and quieter than a standard diesel engine.

The engine, called the X2, will be available as a beta prototype for outside testing by the first quarter of 2013. The engine is able to achieve more than 50 percent efficiency under typical operating modes, while typical diesel engines usually achieve less than 20 percent efficiency.

The X2 is a new type of engine architecture, based on a rotary engine. LiquidPiston CEO and President Alexander Shklonik told met in an interview that this new version of the rotary engine is more flexible and can thus be more efficient when optimized in the right way. The engine is smaller, lighter, and cheaper, with ten times fewer parts, than current diesel engines on the market, says Shklonik.

Shklonik told me in a phone interview that the first applications for the engine won’t be the mainstream automotive industry, but will be industries like defense, long haul trucks, plug-in vehicle range extenders, and other more niche markets. LiquidPiston has raised $12.3 million so far, and tells me that it’s looking to raise another $20 million later this year. The company has around 12 employees.

Other startups that have developed more fuel efficient engines include EcoMotors, Pinnacle Engines, and IRIS Engines. More efficient engines will be used in both the next-generation of cars sold in developing countries, and also countries like the U.S. that have new fuel efficiency standards. The Obama administration passed the CAFE standards, which require a fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

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Stanadyne’s Fuel Manager diesel fuel filter/water separator systems are used globally in a wide variety  of diesel engine powered applications. As a modular system, optional Fuel Manager features can be  selected to address specific operating requirements. This versatility allows the user to have the optimum fuel system filtration combined with exceptional economy.
The Fuel Manager series includes: FM1, FM10, FM100 and FM1000. Each of these Fuel Manager types serve specific engine power ratings for engines from 7.3 to 447 kW (10 to 600 BHP). All Fuel Manager elements are fuel/water separators with provisions for draining coalesced water. Systems are for use with diesel fuel and bio-blended diesel fuel, and are not for use with gasoline or other volatile fuels.

Stanadyne’s Fuel Manager diesel fuel filter/water separator systems are used globally in awide variety of diesel engine powered applications. As a modular system, optional FuelManager features can be selected to address specific operating requirements. Thisversatility allows the user to have the optimum fuel system filtration combined withexceptional economy.The Fuel Manager series includes: FM1, FM10, FM100 and FM1000. Each of these FuelManager types serve specific engine power ratings for engines from 7.3 to 447 kW (10 to600 BHP). All Fuel Manager elements are fuel/water separators with provisions fordraining coalesced water. Systems are for use with diesel fuel and bio-blended diesel fuel,and are not for use with gasoline or other volatile fuels.

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