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Efficiency and power for 2014 cars

Over the past few years vehicle sales have become more stagnant as individuals are looking forward to getting more fuel-efficient 2014 cars. The problem that arises with most fuel-efficient vehicles is that the vehicle is usually trending away from stylish good looks as well as creature comforts in order to gain optimal efficiency. Since the auto industry has become so competitive with auto manufacturers all over the globe now competing in more markets, has led to engineers having to use more creative and innovative ideas.


With industrialized nations all of the world passing more regulatory emissions standards has caused auto manufacturers to focus on a globally certified powerplant that can pass emissions standards globally. For the 2014 cars we will see more lightweight components being placed in the engines as well as more efficient technologies such as direct injection fuel and electronically controlled valve timing. This of course is just the start of technologies to come to the mass market as engineers will also be working on such improvements as higher-speed and less restrictive transmissions as well as more intelligent all-wheel-drive systems. Maximizing the amount of power production off of the vehicle’s fuel source is a main concern but only one of the many attributes of the vehicle being revamped.


Along with the 2014 cars designs and powertrains, we are seeing new components being placed in the vehicle in order to lighten its overall curb weight. Engineers are using designs that add structural integrity yet less material in order to maintain overall rigidity. Using alloys as well as carbon fiber composite material is helping to significantly reduce the weight of these 2014 cars. Auto manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company have stated that they plan to reduce overall weight of every single vehicle in their production line up by an average of 750 pounds. This will include their lineup of 2014 cars, trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles.


With new designs and powertrain and structural components of vehicles engineers are now testing created designs in order to recapture lost energy due to breaking. For years auto manufacturers such as Toyota and Honda have worked with her hybrid vehicles in order to regain spent energy by using a regenerative braking technology. This is common among hybrid vehicles yet the technology is usually have to incorporate a large battery cell as well as a large amount of the electronics that added a much larger cost and weight to the vehicle. Engineers at the Mazda motor company have introduced their design in order to recapture lost energy by utilizing energy storing components such as diodes and Transformers that are technologies that are off the shelf therefore keeping costs down and weight low. The process and uses a regenerative brake technology turns we will inertia into electricity similar to current hybrid designs. So for the 2014 cars that are coming to the market place we will see many more improvements in order to lower emissions and raise the average miles per gallon. And an added extra bonus for consumers is a little extra horsepower for the 2014 cars.