Every week we compile recent industry news and interesting reads that shouldn’t be missed. Here’s the digest for October 8th to October 15th.
Hubb Introduces Reusable Oil Filter
Reusable air filters have been around for years, so why not reusable oil filters? Despite the fact a new oil filter typically costs less than $5, HUBB felt this was a question worth answering. That’s why they designed their new reusable oil filter, which is available for almost all vehicles that use a spin-on filter. The HUBB reusable filter can be cleaned and is backed by a 100,000 mile guarantee.
Chevy Cruze Diesel May Achieve 50 MPG
GM has not always been known for producing great diesel vehicles - anyone remember the diesel 350 engine? But, the General is making up for past transgressions with the introduction of the new Chevy Cruze diesel hatchback. A Cruze hatchback may not sound impressive, but this thing will wow both car geeks and EPA executives alike.
There’s a new optional 1.6L turbo diesel paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. GM projects that this combination will be good for a Prius-bashing 50 MPG. If the Cruze pulls it off, it will earn the title of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle.
Mazda Introduces G-Vectoring Control
Move over Mario Andretti - now everyday drivers can take corners like a pro. Well, maybe not quite, but Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control Activation does help. The system is integrated into the powertrain control module and monitors driver steering wheel inputs, then uses that information to slightly reduce engine torque to each driven wheel and improve cornering.
Of course, Mazda states the intent of this system is not to improve vehicle performance on the race track, but to instead refine and improve the everyday driving experience. They can say what they want – we’ll be taking it to the track.
Volvo and Uber Team up to Develop Autonomous Vehicles
Having an autonomous vehicle chauffeur you around is an intimidating concept. Uber hopes to ease those fears by employing the safest automaker in the industry: Volvo. The two companies have partnered to develop level 5 autonomous vehicles; that is, those that have no steering wheel or human-activated controls.
The test vehicle will be built upon Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture, which is the same platform as the XC90. So, in the not too distant future, you may be hitching a ride home from the pub in an autonomous Uber Volvo.