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US-D567,159 Vehicle front fender
US-7,359,832 Method of time-in-service reliability concern resolution
The present invention comprises a method determining a corrective design for a system component exhibiting time-in-service reliability concerns. The method...
US-7,357,448 Unitary hydroformed roof support pillar
A one-piece B-pillar having a front flange and a rear flange formed on an upper portion of the B-pillar. The front and rear flanges extend forwardly and...
US-7,357,338 Gaseous fuel injector
A fuel injector. The fuel injector includes a fuel channel configured to receive pressurized gaseous fuel from a fuel rail, and a nozzle in fluid communication...
US-7,357,237 Clutch transmission and method for lubricating and cooling the same
The invention relates to a clutch transmission and a method of operating the same. The clutch transmission has a transmission element that is accommodated in a...
US-7,357,192 Automotive fire suppression system with binary fire suppression agent
An onboard fire suppression system for an automotive vehicle includes a reservoir structured for mounting to a vehicle. A primary component of a binary fire...
US-7,357,103 Internal combustion engine and method for performing a mode switch in said engine
The invention relates to an internal combustion engine provided with at least one cylinder and comprising a fuel injection system, an intake air charging system...
US-7,357,101 Engine system for multi-fluid operation
A system for an engine, comprising of an injector coupled to the engine and configured to inject fuel to a cylinder of the engine; a first reservoir holding a...
US-D566,641 Automotive wheel
US-7,354,375 Transmission having multiple ratio planetary gear unit in series with an auxiliary gear unit
A multiple ratio transmission having a planetary primary gear unit producing forward ratios and a reverse ratio, and a planetary auxiliary gear unit in series...
US-7,354,101 Hood structure with crush initiators
A vehicle hood for achieving generally predetermined deformation in an event of a front impact. The hood may include an outer panel including at least one raised...
US-7,354,095 Mechanism for folding hardtop
A stowage mechanism 30 for a rear roof member 6 of a motor vehicle 1, 101 is also disclosed which is particularly small allowing it to be easily packaged in the...
US-7,353,884 Automotive fire suppression system with reservoir having an axially compliant initiator conductor conduit
An onboard fire suppression system for an automotive vehicle includes at least one reservoir containing a fire suppressant agent, and a propellant device for...
US-7,353,883 Automotive fire suppression system with quick connect fire suppression agent distribution system
An onboard fire suppression system for an automotive vehicle includes at least one reservoir containing a fire suppressant agent and a propellant, operatively...
US-7,353,812 Vehicle engine with integral vacuum generator
An integral vacuum generator system for an internal combustion engine includes a throttle body and intake manifold defining a bypass passage which is connected...
US-7,353,699 Electronic throttle control supercharging
A drive system. The drive system includes an engine configured to convert chemical energy into mechanical energy, an electronically-controlled air throttle...
US-7,353,147 Computer aided design associative design process
A system and method for designing components through the use of a computer having a computer aided design (CAD) software enables a reduction in the occurrence of...
US-7,353,106 Method for reducing power consumption and emissions for an internal combustion engine having a variable event...
A method for controlling stopping and starting of an engine having a variable event valvetrain is described. According to the method engine valves may be used to...
US-7,353,088 System and method for detecting presence of a human in a vehicle
A system for detecting the presence of a human in a vehicle is provided. The system includes a vibration sensor that is configured to detect vibrations of the...
US-7,351,183 Ratio shift control for a multiple ratio automatic transmission
A gear ratio shift control and control method controls gear ratio upshifts in a multiple-ratio transmission for an automotive vehicle. Pressure actuated friction...
US-7,350,803 Side airbag system
A side airbag system (12) for a vehicle is provided. The side airbag system (12) includes a seatback frame (16) having a front side (20), a rear side (22), and...
US-7,350,604 Gaseous fuel system for automotive vehicle
A gaseous fuel system for an automotive vehicle includes a gaseous fuel storage tank and an associated pressure sensor for monitoring pressurized gas contained...
US-7,350,602 System and method for engine start detection for hybrid vehicles
A method for operating a hybrid vehicle having a primary power generating system and a secondary power generating system coupled via a power transmission...
US-7,350,493 Distributor for engine with laser ignition
A distributor is described for a multi-cylinder laser ignited internal combustion engine. The distributor includes a shaft rotatable by the engine and a...
US-7,349,788 System for reducing powertrain reaction torque
A system is provided for controlling the inertia of a vehicle's powertrain during sudden braking events. Torque generated by rapid deceleration of the vehicle's...
US-7,349,776 Vehicle control
A vehicle control system has a plurality of subsystem controllers including an engine management system 28, a transmission controller 30, a steering controller...
US-7,349,754 Providing component-specific performance characterization data for an assembly or subsystem
A method for fabricating a motor vehicle including an engine and automatic transmission includes generating first data containing information representing a...
US-7,347,491 Rail to rocker joint using hydroformed members
A process for connecting a hydroformed front rail member of an automotive frame to the body side inner (rocker) beam does not require a substantive re-design of...
US-7,347,473 Vehicle tailgate having supplemental tailgate assembly
A vehicle includes a supplemental tailgate assembly, which includes a tailgate extender that retracts within the tailgate and is extendable therefrom and right...
US-7,347,471 Storage console for automotive vehicle
A storage console for an automotive vehicle includes a manually moveable closure panel suspended upon the console's side walls at an installed location extending...
US-7,347,465 Retractable automotive front end with wedge locking members
An extendible rail and bumper apparatus is mountable within the base frame lower rails of an automotive frame to provide an improved crash force absorbing bumper...
US-7,347,414 Integrated vehicle shock absorber mount and jounce bumper
A shock mount and jounce bumper assembly is assembled to a shock absorber of a vehicle. The shock mount and jounce bumper assembly includes an integrated...
US-7,347,178 System and method for controlling auto-ignition
A method for operating an engine of a vehicle, the engine having a cylinder with at least a first and second valve, the method comprising during a first mode,...
US-7,347,177 Fuel pump control
An apparatus in a mechanical returnless fuel system is provided that includes a fuel pump motor for providing fuel to a powertrain system. A powertrain control...
US-7,347,072 Sheet metal hem forming process
A method for hemming an inner panel and an outer sheet metal panel together. The inner panel has an outwardly extending perimeter flange comprising an end...
US-7,346,996 Apparatus and a method for assessing an anchorage position
An apparatus for assessing a position of an anchorage of a child restraint anchorage system. The apparatus includes a base, a first slide assembly, and a second...
US-RE40,164 Hybrid electric vehicle control strategy to provide vehicle creep and hill holding
A control strategy for a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) to meet driver expectation for hill holding or creep capability found in conventional automobiles with an...
US-7,346,566 Method for assessing equity adequacy
Risk-based method for assessing an automotive finance company's equity adequacy wherein sources of creditor protection comprises equity, reserves, net deferred...
US-7,346,478 Method of embedding tooling control data within mechanical fixture design to enable programmable logic control...
A method is provided of embedding tooling control data within a mechanical fixture design to enable programmable logic control verification simulation. The...
US-7,344,186 A-pillar structure for an automotive vehicle
An A-pillar structure on an automotive vehicle is manufactured from a formed tubular member that replaces the conventional inner and inner reinforcement members....
US-7,343,999 Seat belt retractor system
A seat belt retractor system and a method of controlling the seat belt retractor system. The seat belt is retracted at a faster rate when a threat is detected...
US-7,343,902 Dual combustion mode engine
A system and method to provide a desired torque increase from an engine in which some cylinder operate in spark ignition (SI) combustion mode only and some...
US-D564,423 Vehicle front bumper cover
US-7,342,324 Electronic security system
An electronic security apparatus for a vehicle being capable of controlling the performance of a vehicle function in response to a user attempting to start the...
US-7,341,365 LED unit for a vehicle lamp assembly
An LED unit for a vehicle lamp assembly. The LED unit is comprised of a housing, one or more LEDs, a light pipe, and an optic structure. The housing contains the...
US-7,341,299 Double cell crushable joint for automotive front end
A structural joint is formed between the upper frame rail, which bends downwardly to define a generally vertically extending portion, and a generally...
US-7,339,345 Power converter topologies for better traction drive packaging
At least three alternative stiff current supply power converter topologies provide fixed current to a respective electric load such as a motor, or a ...
US-7,338,314 Electrical wire routing connector presenter bracket
A connector bracket for facilitating assembly of an electrical component to an automobile. The connector bracket may include a proximal support configured to...
US-7,338,104 Transfigurable access sliding tray
A transfigurable bed liner assembly mountable on a vehicle including a bed. The assembly may include a channel mountable to each side wall of the vehicle, and a...
US-7,338,070 Multi-chambered air bag for a motor vehicle
An air bag for a motor vehicle. The air bag includes a rear chamber, a front chamber disposed adjacent to and having a lower pressure than the rear chamber, and...
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