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Experimental Engine Could Deliver Econobox Mileage and Sports Car Performance

Mahle tests new downsized engine technology.

by on Jul.23, 2013

Mahle's modified VW is being used to test the new downsized engine technology.

A German manufacturer best known for its heavy duty truck engine components could re-write the rules when it comes to passenger car powertrains.  The company is the Mahle Group, and it’s presently showing off a “demonstration vehicle” with an experimental   three-cylinder 1.2-liter single turbocharged gasoline engine that promises to meet very tough emission regulations while maintaining performance in mid-sized cars.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Mahle entered the U.S. market some 40 years ago supplying aluminum pistons for heavy duty truck engines.  Mahle last month opened its American headquarters and R & D facility in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in Detroit’s western suburbs.

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The German company’s powertrain subsidiary is barnstorming its experimental car, dubbed a “downsizing demonstration vehicle,” to U.S. vehicle manufacturers with the objective of gaining research—not engine-production—contracts.  But longer-term its design could provide the industry a significant alternative to conventional engine designs.

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Visteon may become next big casualty of slump

Supplier declares bankruptcy in Britain; U.S. could follow.

by on Apr.01, 2009

Ford's former partsmaking operations, Visteon Corp., has so far avoided Chapter 11 in the U.S., but its key British subsidiary is now in bankruptcy.

Ford's former partsmaking operations, Visteon Corp., has so far avoided Chapter 11 in the U.S., but its key British subsidiary is now in bankruptcy.

Is one of the Ford Motors Co.’s most critical suppliers, Visteon Corp, the next big victim of the automotive slump?  The partsmaker recently sidestepped a crisis with a last-minute payment on debt, in the U.S.  But Visteon officials may not be able to keep pulling rabbits out of their hat much longer, as the bankruptcy of a key British subsidiary strongly suggests.

The company has had to appeal to its creditors for temporary waivers and amendments to its primary secured credit facilities to continue to operate.  The amendments buy the company some time while it continues to address its capital structure, engaging in “discussions with customers to address its liquidity and capital requirements,” Visteon said in statement released after the stock closed, on Tuesday, suggesting the situation has turned grave.

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