JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition 2014: new OEM powertrain technologies
Next-generation Honda NSX, Nissan Skyline hybrid system, Mazda RE range extender
This report introduces exhibits by Japanese OEMs at the 2014 Automotive Engineering Exposition held in Yokohama, Japan on May 21 to 23, 2014 (hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan). This year, a record of 491 companies, including OEMs and parts suppliers, participated in this exposition. The number of visitors also marked a record high of about 88,000, making the exhibition a huge success exceeding the last year.
Exhibits by OEMs represented their stronger commitment than before. Toyota unveiled a new power semiconductor that helps improve fuel efficiency of hybrid vehicles (HV). Toyota also exhibited a fuel cell vehicle bare chassis, which had been premiered at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
Many powertrain technologies including hybrid systems were showcased by OEMs, and attracted considerable attention. Nissan exhibited the hybrid system and steer-by-wire technology that were mounted on the new Skyline. The company also introduced the Smart Rearview Mirror for the first time in Japan, following its global debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, Honda captured visitors' interests with the next-generation NSX powertrain, which had not been displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show.
This Part 1 report summarizes these cutting-edge powertrain technologies from OEMs. Part 2 will be posted shortly, to introduce other latest technologies for mini and commercial vehicles as well as safety driving assistance systems. The featured systems include the Smart Rearview Mirror from Nissan and the EyeSight from Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI: maker of Subaru automobiles).
Related Reports: JSAE Automotive Engineering Exposition 2013
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