AD #2164 – Mazda Cracks HCCI Code? Nissan Sells Global Battery Business, Chrysler Invests in Kids Only Ride-Sharing

August 8th, 2017 at 11:53am

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- Mazda Develops Compressed Ignition Gas Engine
- Nissan Sells Global Battery Business
- Faraday Working on New Plant in California
- Long-Range Model 3 Battery Size
- Has BMW Lost Its Way?
- Genesis to Add Small Crossover
- Chrysler Invests in Kids Only Ride-Sharing

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22 Comments to “AD #2164 – Mazda Cracks HCCI Code? Nissan Sells Global Battery Business, Chrysler Invests in Kids Only Ride-Sharing”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    In regards to Mazda’s new engine technology,it sounds exciting. But,what kind of pollution devices does it have,or will have. Will it require a dpf? If so,will it also require def? If it’s found through testing that it does indeed need those items,what would be the advantage over a similar sized diesel?

  2. Buzzerd Says:

    you wouldn’t think it would need def because it’s burning a much cleaner fuel.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    compared to a diesel

  4. Darren Says:

    Nissan’s $2.4 billion DOE funded battery plant in Tennessee ? Just another Fisker taxpayer swindle. Why isn’t anyone investigating where they money went ? Nissan already abandoned TN battery plant to buy batteries from LG Korea.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    BMW seems to have forgotten that a lot of what made them successful is “sportiness.” Much of that is lost in today’s products. For example:

    The only powertrain available in the 2-series coupe is now a turbo four with an automatic, except for the $53K M2. The manual transmission and six are gone from the “standard” 2 series. The sweet naturally aspirated inline six has been gone for years.

    The X1 is now a pricier, front-drive based Mini Countryman, but with less “character” than the Mini. Or, you can save a lot of money and get an HR-V.

    They keep coming up with these weird, tall hatchbacks that are pricey, and just don’t look very good. They could sell more 3-series wagons, if they just offered powertrain choices.

  6. Lambo2015 Says:

    BMW; I’m not so sure BMW is destine to fall off into obscurity as Fonzy did after “Jumping the shark”. However as Lee Iacocca coined “lead, follow or get out of the way!” BMW was on top “leading” for many years. They are falling off now for two reasons. 1) Their SUVs are stale in design with many other makers joining the fray. 2) With each generation, what once was popular soon becomes only cool if you’re old. Younger generations don’t want the vehicle that their parents or grandparents found appealing. Cars are subject to fads and need to reinvent themselves. Just as Buick has tried to shake their image with the slogan “This is not your grandpa’s Buick”. I believe BMW has just felt the effect of the SUV market being flooded with offerings and negligent marketing.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Buzzerd: The higher compression ratios on boosted gassers produce more,and finer particulates than modern clean diesels do.I said def and dpf for lack of better words.So just say then particulate filter and maybe some sort of after-treatment to clean the PF?

  8. Drew Says:

    Has Nissan paid back the $1.5B loan, plus interest?

  9. Lambo2015 Says:

    To expand on what Kit said. When it comes to Sporty SUV’s its a weird segment, in that many SUV owners are just trying to get away from the minivan. So do you really need a 80K SUV with 12 sec 1/4 mile times to take the kids to school? Few people will justify that.
    Also we are seeing the effects of 4 years ago when gas prices spiked and development for more fuel efficient cars would have launched into development. Now prices are back down and they all have a bunch of 4-cyl turbo engines.

  10. Marshall Says:

    About the BMW SUV’s; I have spent a lot of time the past year in a Audi forum for the Q7. Whenever the topic of BMW comes up it is a former owner saying they made the switch because they feel that the BMW SUV’s now feel so dated, especially the interior.

  11. Brett Cammack Says:

    The steam locomotive achieved a remarkable state of technological sophistication just moments before being swept from the scene by superior technology.

    I suspect we are seeing the same thing happening to the internal combustion engine today.

  12. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Steam power has been around for centuries before being phased out.I wouldn’t put a nail in the ice coffin just yet…

  13. Ukendoit Says:

    Technology evolves much faster now than in the late 1800s. I wouldn’t put the nails in the ICE coffin yet, but the life support is beeping.
    Battery technology had little to no interest through the early 90s so it remained unchanged for 100+ years. Now that there is interest, it is evolving quickly and the costs are dropping fast. ICEs will continue to improve and hang in there a while. I would give the ICEs another 10-15 years before starting CPR and another 15-20 years before writing the ICE’s eulogy.

  14. G.A.Branigan Says:

    That is true. But for those that live and work out in the cold country,long drives on battery and full heat might be an obstacle in itself that would have to be addressed.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    ICE’s will be in common use for several decades, in some applications. It would take a lot of Tesla “supercharger” type chargers for EV’s to replace liquid fuel for highway travel, both with cars and large trucks. As G.A. alluded, EV’s have limited range in cold weather with heat on, and roadside charge stations are unlikely to pop up any time soon in sparsely populated areas, or in “3rd world” countries.

  16. rick Says:

    someone correct me if im wrong mazda`s calling their new engine compression ignition but it still has spark plugs? part time compression ignition? mostly compression ignition?

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Here’s a little more about the Mazda engine.

    They say it would have low NOx, but I don’t know why. It has very high, diesel-like compression ratio, which normally means high combustion temperature, and high NOx.

  18. Barry Rector Says:


    With the Mazda HZDA, it sounds like the internal combustion engine still has a life in automobiles. Do you think that it would be made in the 4,6 & 8 cylinder flavors? And what about emissions?

  19. Bob Wilson Says:

    An owner of a BMW i3-REx, I fully understand why “the i3’s US sales are down 17% while the i8’s dropped by a staggering 65%.” The first time I saw the back end of an i8, I laughed before I realized it pained the employee who proudly showed it to me. The BMW i8 performance specs and cartoon styling (i.e., curled 1950s fin??) means someone lost their way.

    In contrast, the 2014 BMW i3-REx was production priced, ~$48-53k, too expensive, so most went on lease. Now they are coming off and more reasonably priced, $19-24k. Our BMW i3-REx perfectly compliments our Prius Prime. But when I’ve used a ‘loaner’ from the BMW dealer …

    BMW loaners are noisy, vibrate, and relative to the i3 or Prius Prime, get wretched fuel economy. A stepped transmission is like an amusement park ride with ‘throw-up’ stains. So I get a ride home and revert to our backup Prius.

    I understand some folks will stand in line for an amusement ride. But my interest is in quiet and low-cost transportation to pursue my interests.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    …and the i8 is really pricey, like $143K. The few people who have that much spare money and want an odd ball car like that, already have one.

  21. gary susie Says:

    Do you think BMW owners finally realized that they don’t need an expensive sports car to do 20 mph down the expressway in bumper to bumper traffic?

  22. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Gary S: Lmfao….