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An air-bag arrangement in the form of inflatable curtain (1) has a plurality of inflatable regions (12, 19, 25) spaced from the front of the inflatable curtain...
HEV internal combustion engine pre-positioning
A method for controlling an engine that operates with negative valve overlap between an intake valve and an exhaust valve during at least some conditions, the...
Vehicle upper front bumper cover
A tailgate assembly having an inner panel and an outer panel which is selectively coupled to the inner panel. The tailgate assembly further includes at least one...
Vehicle radar-based side impact assessment method
A side impact object sensing system for a vehicle includes a single radar sensor mounted on each side of the vehicle, each sensor generating a range and...
Sheet metal hem
A reduced radius hem assembly and method for joining an inner panel and an outer panel together. The inner panel has an outwardly extending perimeter flange...
Vehicle seating system with airbag-based occupant reaction surface
A seating system for an automotive vehicle includes a side airbag mounted to an outboard portion of a seatback, with the side airbag having an occupant reaction...
Dual rotor motor for a hybrid vehicle transmission
A hybrid electric vehicle powertrain has an engine and a motor at the torque input side of a power transmission. The motor has a single stator and dual rotors. A...
Hybrid electric vehicle with variable displacement engine
A hybrid electric vehicle 10 having a propulsion system 12 which integrates a motor-generator 14 and a variable displacement internal combustion engine 16....
Internal combustion engine shut-down for engine having adjustable valves
A method for operating an engine in a vehicle, the engine having at least a cylinder, is described. The method comprises decreasing rotational speed of the...
Heat management for control unit
A method of reducing heat generated in a fuel injector driver controlled by an engine control unit (ECU) of a vehicle engine, the injector coupled to the engine,...
Transition strategy for engine operation with spark ignition and
homogeneous charge compression ignition modes
A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber with a piston and a spark plug, when transitioning between spark ignition...
Variable cam timing damper
A variable cam-timing phaser, including a stator having a plurality of inwardly-extending stator lobes and a rotor having a plurality of outwardly-extending...
Internal combustion engine with cylinder head having directed cooling
An internal combustion engine cylinder head unit includes a number of gas flow ports extending upwardly from a fire deck. A common coolant passage extends...
System for minimizing the impact of poisoning of automotive exhaust
An exhaust aftertreatment system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed which mitigates deleterious poisoning of a catalytic converter or exhaust gas...
Dual Combustion Mode Engine
An internal combustion engine is disclosed in which at least one cylinder is adapted to run in homogeneous-charge compression-ignition (HCCI) combustion mode and...
Vehicle running board
Vehicle cargo load floor with two recessed storage wells
Integrated sensing system
A vehicle control system includes a housed sensor cluster generating a plurality of signals. An integrated controller includes a sensor signal compensation unit...
Minimization of purge NO.sub.x release from NO.sub.x traps by optimizing
the oxygen storage capacity
The present invention provides a catalyst for use in a NO.sub.x trap that has reduced NO.sub.x release during rich purges, increased NO conversion efficiency...
Electric and hybrid electric powertrain for motor vehicles
A powertrain for transmitting power to a driven wheel of a motor vehicle includes a power source that includes a reversible electric machine. A first...
Underbody crash device for a vehicle
An underbody crash device for a vehicle. The underbody crash device comprises a pillar member attached to the vehicle. The vehicle has a primary load path for...
Automotive interior trim panel with integral acoustic chamber and pelvic
An automotive interior trim panel includes a contoured panel having an interior surface forming a portion of a passenger compartment of a vehicle, and an...
Automotive center console with open front face
A center console for an automotive vehicle encloses an internal storage area accessible through an opening covered by a pivoted lid serving as an armrest. The...
Test fixture for the aging of wiper blades in a laboratory
A test fixture facilitates the laboratory testing of windshield wiper blades for vehicles. The test fixture includes a base frame on which are mounted a number...
System and method for controlling an engine in a vehicle
A system and method for controlling an engine in a vehicle to facilitate heat transfer to a passenger compartment is provided. A number of conditions are...
System and method of controlling a hybrid electric vehicle
A system and method of controlling engine torque in a hybrid electric vehicle. The method includes comparing an engine speed command to a maximum engine speed...
Active adaptation of vehicle restraints for enhanced performance
A vehicle crash safety system includes a pre-crash sensing system generating an object threat assessment and vehicle dynamics data, an occupant sensing system...
Multiple-speed automatic transmission having a two-speed input and a
A multi-speed automatic transmission includes an input and output, first, second and three planetary gear units, each gear unit including a sun gear, a ring...
Tailgate structure for receiving supplemental tailgate
A tailgate structural configuration accommodates the housing of a supplemental tailgate internally within the tailgate. The tailgate is formed with an outer...
Method for heating a battery in a hybrid electric vehicle
A method for heating a battery in a hybrid electric vehicle. The hybrid electric vehicle has an engine, a battery, a motor generator powered by the engine or the...
Robust maximum engine torque estimation
A system for a vehicle comprising of an engine including a first cylinder group and a second cylinder group; a linear exhaust gas sensor coupled exclusively to...
Fuel injection strategy for reduced cold start emission from direct
injection gasoline engines
A system, comprising of an engine having a cylinder therein, a fuel injector coupled to said cylinder and configured to directly inject fuel into said cylinder,...
System and method for engine operation with spark assisted compression
A method of operating an internal combustion engine having a combustion chamber with a piston is disclosed. The method comprising during a first mode, adjusting...
Method to improve fuel economy in lean burn engines with
A method is disclosed for controlling operation of an engine coupled to an exhaust treatment catalyst. Under predetermined conditions, the method operates an...
Electrically actuated valve deactivation in response to vehicle electrical
A method for controlling at least an electrically actuated valve to operate in at least a cylinder of an internal combustion engine, the method comprising...
Method and apparatus for detecting improper installation of child seat in
A method and apparatus for detecting an improperly installed auxiliary child seat of the type that is secured in a motor vehicle by the seatbelt, and providing...
Passive wheel lift identification for an automotive vehicle using
operating input torque to wheel
A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) used for detecting lift of a wheel includes a speed sensor (20) coupled to the wheel producing a...
Calculation of state of charge offset using a closed integral method
A state of charge control system and method uses a region of voltage linearity and a long-term average voltage to estimate an average battery state of charge for...
Deadband regenerative braking control for hydraulic hybrid vehicle
A system for braking the wheels of a hydraulic hybrid vehicle includes a brake pedal having a range of pedal displacement including a deadband displacement...
Head restraint for automotive vehicle
A head restraint system for an automotive vehicle seat includes a headrest carried upon eccentric mounting posts which may be extended telescopically from a...
Exhaust gas catalyst and method of manufacturing same
The present invention involves an exhaust gas catalyst and method of manufacturing same. The invention provides for a cost-effective material which lowers the...
Method for controlling engine starts for a vehicle powertrain
A method is disclosed for controlling an internal combustion engine in a vehicle powertrain. A filtered driver demand for torque at vehicle traction wheels is...