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BlueDriver diagnoses engine problems

The good Repair Reports generated by
BlueDriver not only interpret error codes, but
suggest causes and fixes. The Smog Check
feature can let you know if your car is likely
to fail a smog test.
The bad The BlueDriver app offers no help in
understanding your engine's running data. A
built-in VIN scanner would be a nice addition.
The bottom line For its price, Lemur
Monitors' BlueDriver is a convenient tool for
those who want some ability to work on and
understand modern engines.
The complexity of modern cars, with their
computer-controlled fuel injection systems,
spelled the end of the shade-tree mechanic.
Unless, of course, the diagnostic tools used by
professional mechanics become inexpensive
enough and easy to understand for the
average Joe.
That's the idea behind Lemur Monitors
BlueDriver OBD-II scan tool, which lets you
check your car 's engine performance, examine
error codes, turn off a check engine light,
and even get an idea if your car will pass its
smog check…

BMW open to sharing battery Technology

ULSAN, South Korea -- BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.

BMW purchasing boss Klaus Draeger said sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an EV.

"If Mercedes called us, we would be happy to find a way with Samsung SDI to supply them with battery cells," Draeger said.

BMW said it plans to increase battery cell orders from Samsung SDI, its exclusive supplier, by "at least" 20 to 30 percent in 2016 from the 2014 level.

The supply deal was part of an agreement the companies signed last week that also included co-development of a next generation of battery cells.

Samsung SDI will increase its supply for the BMW i3 battery-powered city car and i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe and will supply batteries for future BMW hybrids starting with the X5 plug-in hybrid crossover, Draeger said.

BMW sold 5,396 i3s globally in the first half of the ye…

An innovative full hybrid gasoline system

To cope with the challenge of creating an environment-friendly vehicle, PSA Peugeot Citro├źn is developing an all-new technology combining Gasoline internal combustion engine and compressed air storage. "Hybrid Air" is a key step in the path toward fuel consumption of 2 l/100 km. The major innovation lies in the way the powertrain adapts to driving styles, adjusting independently to one of three modes: Air, Gasoline, Combined.

The reason behind this innovation?

· To answer the worldwide challenges of greenhouse gas and the pollutants reduction

What is it exactly?

· A new type of full hybrid powertrain that uses petrol and compressed air:
- An innovative combination of tried and tested technologies: a petrol engine, a unit to store energy in the form of compressed air, a hydraulic motor-pump assembly and an automatic transmission working with an epicyclic gear train.
- The smart control system adapts the operating mode to the driver's commands and optimise…

Porsche Classic Motor Oil comes in two blends for meeting the needs of Porsche 356 and 911 models

Porsche Classic is launching its own engine oil called the Porsche Classic Motor Oil, for air-cooled flat-four and flat-six engines. This new engine oil has been developed by the Porsche Classic experts with the specific aim of meeting the demands of the Porsche 356 and Porsche 911 models, including thePorsche 993 model range.

According to the German carmaker, Porsche Classic Motor Oil is a high-viscosity hydrocracked mineral oil formulated for compatibility with the old alloy engines, with additives such as zinc and phosp horous to protect against wear and corrosion. The oil has been laboratory tested to ensure that it will stand up to high temperatures as well as help to preserve engines in collector cars that are only occasionally driven.

Porsche Classic Motor Oil is available in 20W-50 and 10W-60 grades and suits all Porsche's old air-cooled models—from early Porsche 356s through the Porsche 914 mid-engined four-cylinder models, to 2.7- and 3.0-litre plus Porsche 911s. That mean…

Electric Micro Car to launch in China with 99mile range

The Chinese auto industry may be relatively new, but record levels of pollution and plenty of government prodding already have it diving headlong into electric car development.

The latest electric car to come out of the country is the Dongfeng Aeolus E30, which recently started production at the company’s plant in Wuhan.

Named after the Greek god of winds, the Aeolus E30 looks like a Smart ForTwo knockoff and comes in two sizes: regular wheelbase, and long wheelbase, four-seat E30L.

A 25-kilowatt (33.5hp) electric motor can only muster enough power to get the Aeolus E30 up to 49mph, while range is reportedly pegged at 99 miles per charge. A full charge for the 18-kilowatt-hour lithium-phosphate battery pack takes about eight hours, but there appears to be a DC fast-charging option as well, with an 80-percent charge likely taking a half hour.

The Aeolus E30 is government-owned Dongfeng’s first attempt at a home-built, mass-market electric car. The company launched a rebadged version of the…

Audi's glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) springs will save weight compared to steel springs

The glass fiber-reinforced polymer, or GFRP, springs will save about 40 percent of the weight of steel springs, cutting about 2.5 pounds per spring for a larger mid-size car That amounts to a savings of 9.7 pounds total, half of which is unsprung mass.

Unsprung mass relates directly to a car’s handling and ride quality, and reducing it can yield even larger dividends than a similar weight reduction from the car’s sprung mass (i.e., from the car’s body). ford has shown a lightweight concept car using same technology, but hasn't announced any plans for production.

“The GFRP springs save weight at a crucial location in the chassis system. We are therefore making driving more precise and enhancing vibrational comfort,” said Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at audi AG.

In addition to being larger in overall diameter and sporting a smaller number of coils, the GFRP springs are composed of long glass fibers twisted together then impregna…