The Union of Concerned Scientists put together a list of the top technology trends they found at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. These are all of the fuel-saving strategies automakers are employing in order to adhere to tightening emission standards. Looking at this list, we at Coronet Dodge are amazed at the ingenuity and concern for the environment being demonstrated.
TURBOCHARGING: As the research group notes, this isn’t the first instance the world has seen of turbocharging. Historically it was used to enhance performance in road and sports cars. Now, it is increasingly used “with a smaller engine to maintain vehicle performance while increasing fuel economy.”
START-STOP: This technology eliminates “vehicle idling at stop lights and at other times when the vehicle is stopped.”
CYLINDER DEACTIVATION: This is an example of a technology that got a bad name because when it was first experimented with, it didn’t have the benefit of advanced digital technology. Now it’s being used more and more. Cylinder deactivation “saves fuel by turning off fuel to parts of the engine when less power is needed.”
DIRECT INJECTION: This technology can “improve engine efficiency and overall vehicle fuel economy.”