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Toyota will introduce both gasoline and hybrid powertrain versions of the North American designed and engineered 2013 Avalon. Toyota anticipates the hybrid model will achieve an EPA-rating of 40 mpg US (5.88 L/100km) combined.   The conventional 2013 Avalon will feature a proven 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle, which has been enhanced to offer more responsive and efficient performance. The all-aluminum six-cylinder engine will produce 268 hp (200 kW) ...
In the latest generation of cars, there are many applications that require merging electronics and mechanical actuators in order to simplify the automotive electrical distribution system, improve electronics quality and reliability, and to reduce C02 emissions. Mechatronic approaches help reach those targets by dealing with the fully integrated and optimized design of an entire system, including sensors, actuators, mechanics, electronic components, and all the data processing signals required (i ...
Keeping babies and toddlers safe is a top priority for driving parents. TOMY International is unveiling a new car seat that will send cellphone alerts when the car seat is installed improperly, if the child becomes unbuckled and when a child is accidentally left behind.     The First Years introduces a revolutionary new car seat monitoring system that is designed to alert parents of potentially life-threatening situations. Seamlessly built into The First Years True Fit Convertible C ...
See how Joe Grand prepares for the FTF Make It Challenge by using the Freescale Cup Kit and Xtrinsic sensors to make a smart and cool application. Can you make something smarter? Join the Make It Challenge at FTF Americas!     http://www.freescale.com/MakeItChallenge ...
"MyFord Mobile for iPhone" is the name of the App that Ford has unveiled that promises to speed up car-charging.    The app will help Focus Electric owners recharge their cars faster than the Nissan Leaf by locating charging stations near their area. Through an embedded AT&T wireless module, drivers can also link their cars to the app for remote communication via their phone. They’ll be able to monitor the current charge level while away from the vehicle, for example.   ...
A Drexel University mathematics professor, Dr. R. Andrew Hicks has developed a new patented design of automotive side rear-view mirror with a much larger field of view, without the distortion of present wide-angle mirrors.   The new mirror provides a 45° field of view, compared to about 15°-17° for conventional flat mirrors. While there have certainly been convex-curve mirrors before, they distort images pretty severely, making them unsuitable for most driving use. This new ...
Audi is no stranger to bringing innovation to its Le Mans efforts, and this year will be no exception as it attempts to claim a record 11th overall victory in the world's most prestigious 24 hour enduro event. In addition to entering two different versions of the latest LMP sports models - a pair of conventional rear-drive R18 ultra TDI turbodiesels and two more of its new all-wheel-drive turbodiesel-electric hybrid, R18 e-tron Quattro variants - the automaker will equip each of its 'round-the-c ...

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