Daily Archives: January 6, 2015

December Car sales rise in Germany, Spain and Italy but slump in France

New-car sales in Germany rose 7 percent in December, returning Europe’s largest auto market back to positive annual growth after two years of shrinking sales. Spanish sales jumped by 21 percent, helped by a subsidy scheme, and sales also rose in Italy, according to auto industry associations.

BMW agrees to pay $820 million to China car dealers, group says

BMW agreed to pay 5.1 billion yuan ($820 million) to its distributors in China to help cover their losses after the retailers stopped ordering cars from the manufacturer, a dealers’ group said.

The subsidies are the largest by an automaker to its retailers in China and will be paid by the end of February, said Song Tao, a deputy secretary general of the China Automobile Dealers Association, which represented the BMW distributors in the negotiations. The dealers are still in talks with the Munich-based carmaker over this year’s sales targets, he said.

The New Tesla P85D CRUSHES The Old Model S

When Tesla’s first Model S hit streets two years ago it swept up headlines for out-dragging horsepower monsters way above its weight class, including the BMW M5 and Dodge Viper. Since releasing the all-wheel-drive version earlier this fall, the car has added notches for Audi and Ferrari to its wrap sheet of wins — but how do they fair against each other?

Shenzhen to issue only 100K new license plates per year in effort to combat congestion and pollution

Shenzhen, China - Shenzhen to issue only 100K new license plates per year in effort to combat congestion and pollution

On 30 December, the city government of Shenzhen, China announced that it will only issue 100,000 license plates per year via lotteries and auctions, with immediate effect, to fight congestion and pollution.

Tsinghua team uses optical diagnostics to analyze source of sporadic super-knock in advanced SI engines

Tsinghua team uses optical diagnostics to analyze source of sporadic super-knock in advanced SI engines

Knock is one of several different well-known abnormal combustion processes in spark-ignition engines; most of these abnormal combustion issues have been addressed with improved design or control schemes as well as fuel specifications. However, emerging advanced SI engines—e.g., those with turbocharging and direct injection—can exhibit a new phenomenon: super-knock, or violent engine knock.