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Mazda To Delay SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Launch In North America

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Mazda Canada Inc. has announced that the launch of its SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine in North America is being further delayed from its Spring 2014 announced debut timing.

While Mazda understands its SKYACTIV-D can meet emission regulation requirements without the use of a NOx after-treatment system, it has decided that further development is required to deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.

Further information on the program, including a timeline of launch for North America, technical specifications and fuel economy will be available at a later date, closer to launch.

Turbocharger’s future in North America

North America‘s turbo ‘revolution’

The change in the market in North America – led by Ford – is particularly remarkable; in 2008, there were no turbocharged petrol engines made in North America, all previous turbo-fitted engines having been imported. The first North American built turbocharged petrol engine was fitted to the Lincoln MKS which used the first North American EcoBoost engine. This engine has since been fitted to the Ford Flex, Explorer and most significantly the F-series pick-up trucks.

“GM has been somewhat behind Ford in terms of the fitment of turbochargers, but it is slowly going down the same route,” said Ian Henry. “It has already started on this journey – the 2012 Cadillac XTS had a turbo option on the 3.6 litre V6 engine. GM is however also working on improving the fuel efficiency of its naturally aspirated engines and has claimed that it can achieve similar fuel efficiencies gains to those available with turbochargers through other means.”

“The impetus at Chrysler will come from Fiat’s MultiAir programme,” adds Henry.

The CAFE rules announced in 2012 will force GM and Chrysler to accelerate their use of fuel saving technologies such as turbochargers and a large part of the increased volumes which will be seen in the next few years and into the 2020s come from the widening take-up across these VMs, Ford having led the way.

According to just-auto’s QUBE data, North America currently has a turbo fitment rate below 20% but by the late 2020s, if not before, its fitment rate will be much closer to that of Europe, at close to 75%.

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Kenny Taylor
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Melett North America, Inc

BorgWarner EFR Turbocharger Technical Training Guide

Brock Fraser is the Chief Engineer & Team Leader of the EFR project for BorgWarner Turbo Systems. In his forward to the EFR Turbocharger Technical Training Guide, Mr. Fraser describes the project vision and the process of development. Below is an excerpt from the guide Forward by Brock Fraser

“The first thing worth explaining is the strong connection between this exciting line of aftermarket turbos and our OEM commercial vehicle products. Commercial/industrial turbo products have extreme requirements for durability, reliability, and aerodynamics performance. Turbo sizing for the performance user more resembles what’s in the commercial realm as compared to what comes from our OE passenger car developments. Also required is resistance to abusive thrust loads, vibration, and robustness for a wide range of lubrication and cooling conditions. Our OE product validation standards are very tough, and many of these same practices were employed during the development of the EFR products.

Honeywell’s 2-Cylinder Diesel Engine

A new chapter in the story of ultra-fuel efficient auto design opened in 2011 with the development of the world’s first 2-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.

Today, the 0.8L engine, boosted by Honeywell’s smallest-ever turbo, can be seen powering vehicles through the busy streets of India’s cities and towns, typically carrying goods from warehouses to local businesses. For Honeywell, boosting such a small engine created a whole new set of design and engineering challenges.

“The issues in developing a turbo for a 2-cylinder engine not only revolve around packaging but also around specific challenges linked to compressor surge, oil leakage, high vibrations and high thrust load due to engine pulsations. These issues are far more pronounced here than in a four-cylinder engine,” says Vijayan Asvathanarayanan, Director of Application Engineering for Honeywell Turbo Technologies in India.

This meant that Honeywell engineers had to approach the turbo design from a completely new angle.

“We came up with a totally new turbocharger that included a very small turbine housing with integrated manifold, and the smallest-ever compressor wheel developed by Honeywell. The higher relative thrust loads brought about by the pulsation of a bi-cylinder engine meant creating new concept thrust pads in the Z-bearing – vital if we were to be efficient in matching the turbo to the engine requirements.”

A high-efficiency, compact bearing was developed – and the design was so successful that it is now being extended to other turbo sizes as well.

The result of this intense engineering activity is a well-performing and reliable turbo fitted in the 2-cylinder OEM production engine since 2011, which is contributing to a remarkable 25% improvement in power over a non-turbo equivalent and to significant fuel efficiency gains and lower emissions.

Critically, the proven success paves the way for the roll-out of a new generation of turbocharged 2- and 3-cylinder diesel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, particularly in emerging regions.

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.

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.
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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.

Diesel Fuel Filtration

Fuel Manager® –   Diesel Fuel Filtration  FM1, FM10, FM100 and FM1000

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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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