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US-7,244,512 Method of manufacturing electromagnetic devices using kinetic spray
A method of manufacturing electric machines comprised of geometrically patterned arrays of permanent magnets, soft magnetic materials, and electrical conductors...
US-7,244,148 Circuit disconnect assembly
A circuit disconnect assembly for a high-voltage electrical storage device in a vehicle integrates a grip portion and a fuse holder portion into one unit. The...
US-7,243,986 Spot-welded joint for hydroformed members
A process for spot-welding hydroformed members allows at least one hydroformed member to be positioned with an end butted against a lateral side of the second...
US-7,243,943 Air-bag arrangement
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...
US-7,243,633 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...
US-D546,986 Vehicle taillight
US-D546,736 Vehicle upper front bumper cover
US-RE39,729 Tailgate assembly
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...
US-7,243,013 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...
US-7,241,073 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...
US-7,240,915 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...
US-7,240,751 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...
US-7,240,749 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....
US-7,240,663 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...
US-7,240,660 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,...
US-7,240,659 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...
US-7,240,651 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...
US-7,240,644 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...
US-7,240,482 System for minimizing the impact of poisoning of automotive exhaust aftertreatment systems
An exhaust aftertreatment system for an internal combustion engine is disclosed which mitigates deleterious poisoning of a catalytic converter or exhaust gas...
US-7,240,480 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...
US-D546,483 Vehicle headlight
US-D546,259 Vehicle running board
US-D546,257 Vehicle cargo load floor with two recessed storage wells
US-7,239,949 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...
US-7,238,640 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...
US-7,238,139 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...
US-7,237,828 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...
US-7,237,825 Automotive interior trim panel with integral acoustic chamber and pelvic bolster
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...
US-7,237,816 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...
US-7,237,445 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...
US-D545,980 Vehicle headlight
US-D545,740 Vehicle mirror
US-D545,731 Automobile bumper
US-D545,728 Automobile grille
US-7,236,875 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...
US-7,236,873 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...
US-7,236,865 Active adaptation of vehicle restraints for enhanced performance robustness
A vehicle crash safety system includes a pre-crash sensing system generating an object threat assessment and vehicle dynamics data, an occupant sensing system...
US-7,235,032 Multiple-speed automatic transmission having a two-speed input and a Simpson gearset
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...
US-7,234,749 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...
US-7,234,552 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...
US-7,234,455 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...
US-7,234,440 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,...
US-7,234,438 System and method for engine operation with spark assisted compression ignition
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...
US-7,234,436 Method to improve fuel economy in lean burn engines with variable-displacement-like characteristics
A method is disclosed for controlling operation of an engine coupled to an exhaust treatment catalyst. Under predetermined conditions, the method operates an...
US-7,234,435 Electrically actuated valve deactivation in response to vehicle electrical system conditions
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...
US-D545,462 Vehicle headlight
US-7,233,239 Method and apparatus for detecting improper installation of child seat in a vehicle
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...
US-7,233,236 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...
US-7,233,128 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...
US-7,232,192 Deadband regenerative braking control for hydraulic hybrid vehicle powertrain
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...
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