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US-9,951,669 Method and system for a HC trap
Methods and systems are provided for a HC trap in a bypass passage. In one example, a method may include closing a diverter valve to flow exhaust gas from a...
US-9,951,664 Method for heating the engine oil of an internal combustion engine and internal combustion engine for...
A method for operation of a lubrication circuit in an internal combustion engine is provided herein. The method comprises during a first operating condition,...
US-9,951,659 Thermodynamic system in a vehicle
A vehicle is provided with an expander, a condenser, a pump, and a heater in sequential fluid communication in a thermodynamic cycle containing a working fluid....
US-9,951,547 Adjustable decklid latch assembly
A decklid assembly includes a striker that movably engages a vehicle body structure. The striker includes first and second opposed surfaces that face each...
US-9,950,750 Collapsible tailgate arrangement and related method
An apparatus for partially covering an end of a vehicle bed includes a tailgate comprising a frame adapted for moving between a raised position and a lowered...
US-9,950,749 Hybrid composite instrument panel
A vehicular instrument panel having a reinforcement that includes a plurality of chopped carbon fibers within a nylon resin, and a substrate coupled to the...
US-9,950,705 Hybrid vehicle and method of controlling an engine disconnect clutch for engine start-up
A vehicle includes an engine, a transmission, a clutch, and a controller. The clutch is configured to couple the engine and transmission during engine starts....
US-9,950,674 Integrated under seat cushion configurable storage
A vehicle seating assembly includes a seatback and a seat base including a first section and a second section where the first and second sections independently...
US-9,950,672 Articulated fence for a vehicle cargo area
A vehicle having a cargo area accessible through a liftgate opening frame and partially defined by a floor, side quarter trims, and pillar covers is provided....
US-9,950,671 Extruded multi-layer molded running board
A vehicle running board includes opposing vertical walls extending along a length of a tubular structure and including a carbon-fiber component. Opposing...
US-9,950,658 Privacy window system
A privacy window system of a vehicle is provided herein. A light-producing assembly is operable to illuminate a window such that visibility there through...
US-9,950,657 Police vehicle exterior light control
Systems and methods are disclosed for a police vehicle exterior light control. An example disclosed police vehicle includes first beacons positioned on a...
US-9,950,652 Telescoping head restraint
A headrest assembly includes a headrest bun adjustably supported on a linkage system. An adjustable cover assembly is operable between stowed and deployed...
US-9,950,638 Preconditioning an electric vehicle
A vehicle includes a cabin, a traction battery configured to receive wall power from a charging station, a coolant circuit, a heat pump and a controller. The...
US-9,950,635 Electrified vehicle having a charging port lock connected to a manual release cable
An electrified vehicle according to a non-limiting aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a charging port including a lock, an...
US-9,950,628 Power-module assembly with dummy module
A power-electronics system includes a plurality of power modules each having a power stage and defining a side pocket. The power stages are stacked in an array...
US-9,950,612 Methods and systems for adjusting vehicle grille shutters based on engine operation
Methods and systems are provided for adjusting grille shutters based on engine coolant temperature and a difference in aerodynamic drag between the grille...
US-9,950,611 Aerodynamic body panel system for air flow management at a rear underside of a motor vehicle
A body panel system is provided for a motor vehicle. That body panel system includes a rear diffuser having a front air inlet. Further, that body panel system...
US-9,950,594 Impact absorbing system for a vehicle
A vehicle includes a door and an impact absorbing structure. The door has an interior panel. The impact absorbing structure is secured to an inner surface of...
US-9,950,592 Line register
An automobile air vent register is described. The register uses a single set of vanes, a rotating vent cover, and an elongate opening in a configuration...
US-9,950,449 Process and tool for forming a vehicle component
A tool and a process for forming a vehicle component is provided. An insert has a lost core generally encapsulated by a cast metal shell. The insert has an...
US-9,950,391 Welding system for vehicle body components
A welding system is provided. The welding system includes a fixture, a plurality of pressure blocks, and a laser welder. The fixture is configured to grasp a...
US-9,949,334 ESD protection for dynamic lighting
A lighting assembly including a circuit is disclosed. The circuit is configured to be disposed in a panel defining a cavity forming an opening. The circuit...
US-9,947,975 Battery coolant circuit control
A vehicle includes a traction battery arranged to be cooled by a chiller of a refrigerant system, and a radiator of a coolant system. The coolant system...
US-9,947,945 Ventilation system for an automotive fuel cell stack enclosure
A fuel cell stack is housed within a fuel cell stack enclosure. Air is used to ventilate the fuel cell stack enclosure. The air may be pulled from an air stream...
US-9,947,932 Lithium-air battery cathodes and methods of making the same
A lithium-air battery cathode having increased mesopore and macropore volume and methods of making the cathode are provided. In at least one embodiment, a...
US-9,945,752 Fuel tank pressure sensor rationality testing for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
A method for a hybrid-electric vehicle is presented, wherein a fuel tank is sealed closed during a first condition that includes an inductive charging event,...
US-9,945,475 Downshift scheduling for a vehicle
A vehicle includes an accelerator pedal moveable across a plurality of predefined positions and a controller programmed to, responsive to the pedal reaching a...
US-9,945,449 Multi-speed transmission
A transmission gearing arrangement has four simple planetary gear sets and six shift elements. The six shift elements are engaged in combinations of three to...
US-9,945,428 Clutch assembly and transmission
A transmission utilizes a three clutch module. The clutch module may be pre-assembled before it is assembled into the transmission. All three clutch packs are...
US-9,945,344 Method and system for ignition control
Methods and systems are provided for addressing spark plug soot fouling. In one example, spark plug tip temperatures are raised and maintained elevated by...
US-9,945,334 Positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) device and engine assembly employing the same
An engine assembly is provided with an intake manifold having a manifold body downstream of a fresh air intake port. The manifold body has a wall defining first...
US-9,945,331 Cleaning of a charge-air cooler in a system with exhaust gas recirculation arrangement
Methods and systems are provided for cleaning a water-cooled charge-air cooler. In one example, a method may include condensing water present in the supplied...
US-9,945,316 Methods and system mitigating direct injection degradation
Methods and systems for simultaneously operating port fuel injectors and direct fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine are described. In one example,...
US-9,945,310 Methods and system for adjusting engine water injection
Methods and systems are provided for water injection into an engine and adjusting engine operation based on engine dilution demand and engine knock. In one...
US-9,945,309 Vehicle method for barometric pressure identification
A vehicle method for barometric pressure identification, including adjusting engine operation responsive to barometric pressure, the barometric pressure based...
US-9,945,300 Transmission input torque management
A method of operating a vehicle includes measuring a transmission output torque, measuring impeller and turbine speeds, estimating a transmission component...
US-9,945,282 Bore bridge and cylinder cooling
An engine includes a cylinder block with first and second saw cuts intersecting a block face on opposed sides of a block bore bridge. A cylinder head has third...
US-9,945,258 Sheet metal turbine housing with cellular structure reinforcement
Systems are provided for a reinforcement element coupled to a sheet metal turbine housing that imparts desirable thermal-protective and structurally...
US-9,945,161 Lock system for dual vehicle closures
A vehicle includes a body structure having an opening, a liftgate panel movably mounted to the body adjacent the opening, and a decklid that is movably mounted...
US-9,945,154 Sliding key
A key assembly includes a key: defining a retaining recess, being slideably received in a key rail, and having a key pin; a slider: with extensions, defining a...
US-9,944,333 Tailgate storage compartment
A pickup-truck box includes a pair of opposing sidewalls each having a first latching component. A tailgate is attached between the sidewalls and includes an...
US-9,944,331 Perforated deformation region for a vehicle hood
A hood for a vehicle includes an inner panel having a deformation region on at least a portion of the inner panel. The deformation region defining a plurality...
US-9,944,329 Structural reinforcement for vehicle body
A structural reinforcement member for a vehicle body includes a bracket sized for mounting to a roof rail, spanning along the roof rail from a first pillar past...
US-9,944,323 Twenty-four-cornered strengthening member for vehicles
A strengthening member for a motor vehicle and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross-section that...
US-9,944,322 Composite subframe detachment
A subframe for a vehicle includes a subframe structure and a rear end joint. The rear end joint is formed on the subframe structure for attachment to a floor...
US-9,944,314 Steering assist system and related methods
A steering assist system for a vehicle comprises a steering assist module configured to determine a baseline assistance force to be applied to a steering system...
US-9,944,289 System and method for controlling a transmission gear shift
A system and method for controlling a transmission gear shift during a braking event in a vehicle having an electric motor and friction brakes both operable to...
US-9,944,288 Vehicle idle and launch control
A transmission controller implements a neutral idle feature to reduce fuel consumption. A brake controller implements a Hill Start Assist feature to prevent...
US-9,944,285 Hybrid vehicle and lash mitigation strategy
A drivetrain system includes a controller that is programmed to, in a presence of a request for increased drivetrain torque that results in reversal of...
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