General Motors Donates Two Saturn Vue Hybrids to Michigan Technical University

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Jennifer Donovan from MTU: "The donation of these vehicles from GM will enable us to further our research in reducing fuel consumption and emissions, including enabling near-zero emissions for biofueled vehicles," said Jeff Naber, a professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Tech and a lead researcher and director of the Advanced Internal Combustion Laboratories at Michigan Tech. The Saturns will be used to find ways to minimize the impact that ethanol blend fuels have on cold-start emissions, Naber said. Research will be conducted in Michigan Tech’s climate controlled facilities with combustion and emissions instrumentation and will include investigation into higher cranking speed, improved fuel control and variable valve actuation, he went on to say. The Saturns will also be used for hands-on instruction in an advanced propulsion technology course for engineers being offered in Detroit this fall by Michigan Tech, AVL and the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD).

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Barbara Hagenbaugh and Steve Marshall from USA Today: The White House and the Treasury gave strong indications Friday that the U.S. government, at least temporarily, would help prop up the American auto industry.