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Method for influencing the thermal balance of an internal combustion
A method for reducing the thermal load of an internal combustion engine without substantially reducing its power output is described. The method includes...
Exhaust heat recovery for engine heating and exhaust cooling
Various systems and method for heating an engine in a vehicle are described. In one example, intake air flowing in a first direction may be heated via a...
Protective shield to reduce exhaust soot and condensate deposition
An exhaust assembly is provided that includes an exhaust pipe extending rearward from a vehicle into an exhaust passage, and a fascia coupled to the vehicle...
Integrated fuel catalyst monitor
A method is provided for monitoring an emission device coupled to an engine. In one example approach, the method comprises: following a deceleration fuel...
Internal combustion engine with selective catalytic converter for the
reduction of nitrogen oxides and method...
An internal combustion engine comprising a turbocharger wherein a bypass line in an exhaust gas discharge system delivers an aqueous urea reductant to an at...
Roof panel to body side tether
A vehicle having a roof panel connectedly extending inwardly from a body structure and a tether connectedly extending between the roof panel and body structure....
Method and assembly for changing thermal energy levels in a vehicle by
adjusting engine braking
An exemplary method includes adjusting a proportion of engine braking used to achieve a target deceleration of a vehicle to change an amount of thermal energy...
Method to use GPS to optimize stopping distance to improve fuel economy
A method of signaling an operator of a motor vehicle to optimize stopping distance including determining a vehicle speed, and determining a preferred time to...
Methods and systems for a vehicle driveline power take off
Systems and methods for improving operation of a power take off are presented. In one example, the power take off may be rotated in two different directions....
Vehicle torque control
A vehicle includes a powertrain having an electric machine operatively coupled to a transmission and selectively coupled to an engine, and a controller. The...
Methods and systems for starting an engine while a vehicle is creeping
Systems and methods for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle that is in a creep mode are presented. In one example, a torque converter lockup clutch is...
Methods and systems for providing uniform driveline braking
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, negative torque of an electric machine is adjusted to mimic...
Methods and systems for operating a stop/start engine
Systems and methods for improving operation of a vehicle are presented. In one example, vehicle brakes are held to reduce the possibility of vehicle motion and...
Cancelling creep torque in a hybrid vehicle
A hybrid vehicle includes an engine and an electric machine, both capable of propelling the vehicle. The electric machine provides creep torque to propel the...
Systems and methods for improving torque response of an engine
Systems and methods for improving engine torque response are presented. In one example, engine idle speed is increased to shorten engine torque response based...
Systems and methods for improving engine starting
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine is rotated to increase pressure within a fuel rail. The...
Active bolster with bladder member hot welded to reaction plate
An active bolster for an automotive vehicle includes a plastic-molded trim wall that deploys outwardly during a crash. A plastic-molded reaction plate is...
Wrap-around curtain for a vehicle
A vehicle curtain system comprises a curtain having at least a front wall and two side walls, at least one pretensioner having a corresponding pretensioner...
Corrugated weld seam for active bolster
An active bolster is provided for an interior trim surface of an automotive vehicle. A plastic-molded outer trim panel has a welding track on an inside surface....
Active bolster with supplemental bracing
An active bolster mounts at an interior trim surface of a passenger compartment. A plastic-molded front wall deploys to receive an impacting passenger in the...
Passive structural design that improves impact signal during side impact
A vehicle includes a floor structure and one or more tubular rocker structures. Each rocker structure includes an outer cladding and/or an inner structure...
Energy absorbing apparatus for a bumper rail
A collision energy absorption apparatus and a vehicle front end structure including the apparatus. The apparatus is welded to a bumper beam and is laterally...
Adaptive energy absorber for a vehicle
An energy absorption system comprises a vehicle bumper, an energy absorption member attached to the vehicle bumper, and a plurality of ribs having respective...
Photoluminescent lift gate lamp
An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination device comprises a photoluminescent portion disposed on a moveable vehicle closure. The...
Turn indicator switch with electromagnetic latching device
A switch for activating the turn signals (blinkers) of a vehicle is actuated by a lever movable from a central position in opposite first and second directions...
Temporary seat covers
A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat and a seatback pivotally coupled with the seat. A seatcover assembly is disposed below the seat. The seatcover assembly...
Fuel tank wave catcher
A fuel tank for a hybrid vehicle is disclosed. In one example approach, a fuel tank for a vehicle comprises a wave catcher extending through an interior of the...
Hemming a flange with compression to form a sharp edge
A tool and method of hemming a panel wherein the tool engages a flange to apply a compressive force with a stop initially preventing a distal end of the flange...
Motor vehicle front fender
Motor vehicle front upper grille
Method and system for launching an application
A mobile device comprising at least one controller in communication with one or more transceivers. The one or more transceivers are capable of communication...
Flat panel speaker assembly integrated with vehicle trim
A trim panel assembly for a vehicle incorporates a flat panel speaker. The trim panel defines an interior surface of a passenger compartment of the vehicle and...
Vehicle telematics data exchange
A system may include a message publisher and a message recipient. The message publisher may be configured to identify a message to be published to a topic of a...
Battery overcharge monitoring system and method
An exemplary battery charge monitoring method includes, among other things, calculating expected charge data for a battery using at least a capacity of the...
Method and system for controlling an engine cooling system
Methods and systems are provided for expediting engine system heating by stagnating coolant in one of a plurality of loops in an engine cooling system....
Targeted vehicle remote feature updates
A system may include a configurable module having a firmware version supporting multiple functions and a configuration specifying which of the functions are...
Gate drive under-voltage detection
Gate drive faults are detected for an inverter which comprises a phase switch having an insulated gate, such as an IGBT. A complementary transistor pair is...
Method for producing and checking an internal thread
The invention relates to a method for producing and checking a thread arranged in a cylinder head to receive a spark plug. However, the invention also relates...
Turbocharger arrangement and set of feedbacks for electric actuator
Various methods for controlling a wastegate with an actuator having a temperature-dependent magnetic field are provided. In one example, the magnetic field is...
Jet pump with centralized nozzle
A jet pump that supplies fluid to a transmission pump includes a pump inlet, a sump, a fluid source, and a nozzle including an axial passage for carrying fluid...
Methods and systems for engine starting during a shift
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, torque demand of a driveline after a shift is forecast to...
Methods and systems for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle
Systems and methods for starting an engine of a hybrid vehicle that includes two electric machines capable of starting an engine are presented. In one example,...
Methods and systems for fuel canister purge flow estimation with an intake
Methods and systems are provided for estimating a fuel canister purge flow based on outputs of an intake manifold oxygen sensor. For example, during boosted...
Fuel system diagnostics
Methods and systems are provided for detecting a fuel system leak. While a system vacuum pump is operated to supply vacuum to a vacuum consumption device, air...
System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry
A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed...
System and method for improving operation of an engine combusting
liquefied petroleum gas
A method and system for improving operation of an engine that is supplied a fuel having a low super critical temperature is presented. In one example, the...
Method for compensating an operating imbalance between different banks of
a turbocharged engine
A method for controlling differences in cylinder mixtures for a two cylinder bank engine having a turbocharger is presented. In one example, the description...
Fuel system canister purge control
Methods and systems are provided for improving canister purging during the limited engine operation time in a hybrid electric vehicle. Prior to a transition...
Method and system for increasing vacuum generation by an engine
A method and a system for providing vacuum via an engine are described. In one example, introduction of a gaseous fuel is ceased in response to a request for...