The Ohio State named top students in automotive engineering and Year Three champion of EcoCAR 3 competition


The Ohio State named top students in automotive engineering and Year Three champion of EcoCAR 3 competition

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Tech teams finish second and third

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WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – The Ohio State University took home first place in the third year of EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors Co.

The Ohio State University named EcoCAR 3 Year Three champion.

“We need affordable, secure, domestic, and clean energy technologies to move people and goods across America. Developing innovative technologies that improve vehicle efficiency and enhance mobility will grow our economy and create jobs,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for EERE, Daniel Simmons. “Students in the EcoCAR 3 program are our future technology leaders that will keep the American automotive industry moving forward.”

In addition to the coveted trophy and bragging rights, the Buckeyes become this year’s best and brightest students in automotive engineering as they unlock solutions to our nation’s transportation and energy challenges. The team earned 853.7 out of 1000 overall points while also taking the top spot in multiple categories including, but not limited to Project Management, Vehicle Design Review and Emissions & Energy Consumption.

EcoCAR 3 is the latest Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series and challenges 16 North American university teams to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro by incorporating cutting-edge advanced powertrains as well as emerging connected and automated vehicle technologies that are helping to re-invent the future of mobility. During development and demonstration, teams must also maintain the engineering mastery and expectations of this iconic American car. EcoCAR 3 teams have four years (2014-2018) to harness those ideas into the ultimate energy-efficient, high performance vehicle.

The competition included a week of rigorous safety, technical, drive quality and emissions testing of the team Camaros at GM’s Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. Next, teams had several days of presentations to show judges how they have developed as the next generation of engineers and business leaders who will be better prepared for the auto industry and related careers. Presentations took place in Washington, D.C., with students judged by industry and government officials.

“EcoCAR3 is a great program that fosters future generations of automotive engineers and business people, encouraging them to become true innovators,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “This year’s winners – and all the teams – are proof of that. It’s a competition that GM is proud to support.”

This year, the teams gained hands-on experience by building and refining their advanced technology vehicles, and incorporated an industry-standard multi-year vehicle development process. Teams were able to achieve their goal of presenting a fully integrated vehicle capable of driving in both electric and conventional mode while sustaining a charge.

AVTCs have long provided a real-world training ground that transcends the traditional classroom for college students. Through EcoCAR 3, teams are able to demonstrate emerging automotive technologies to help strengthen American competitiveness.

Ohio State fully integrated their vehicle with impressive attention to details, and they managed to maintain the legacy of the Camaro while moving it into the future,” said Kristen Wahl, director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition at Argonne National Laboratory. “Innovative thinking and tireless devotion clearly contributed to the team’s success.”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Georgia Tech took second and third place respectively. The student teams have now developed and integrated their energy efficient powertrains to maximize performance while retaining the safety and high consumer standards of the Chevrolet Camaro. In the final year of competition, teams will focus on controls refinement and market engagement.

Additional sponsors joining the DOE and GM include: MathWorks; National Science Foundation; California Air Resources Board; NXP; AVL Powertrain Engineering; Robert Bosch, LLC; ETAS; PACCAR; dSPACE, Inc.; Snap-on Tools; Siemens PLM Software; GKN Driveline; Transportation Research Center (TRC, Inc.); DENSO; Champlain Cable Corp.; Woodward; Proterra; Ricardo; Mentor Graphics; New Eagle; tesa tape; Vector CANtech, Inc.; Delphi Foundation; EcoMotors; Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.; A123 Systems; Flextronics; and Samsung SDI.

EcoCAR 3 industry sponsors have provided more than $6.1 million in hardware and cash donations, as well as $911 million in software to the 16 participating universities in the first three years. To learn more about the EcoCAR 3 program, please visit

About EcoCAR 3
EcoCAR 3 is a four-year collegiate engineering program that builds on the successful 26-year history of Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) by giving engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate leading-edge automotive technologies. General Motors provides each of the 16 competing teams with a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, as well as vehicle components, seed money, technical mentoring and operational support. The DOE and its research and development facility, Argonne National Laboratory, provide competition management, team evaluation and logistical support. Through this important public/private partnership, EcoCAR 3 provides invaluable experience and training to promising young minds entering the North American job market.


EcoCAR 3 is a four-year collegiate engineering program that builds on the successful 26-year history of Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions by giving engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate leading-edge automotive technologies.

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2017 Genesis G90 Named New England Motor Press Association’s Best Luxury Winter Vehicle


2017 Genesis G90 Named New England Motor Press Association’s Best Luxury Winter Vehicle

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) has recognized the 2017 Genesis G90 as a winner of the Best Luxury Winter Vehicle Award. Today, winners were recognized during NEMPA’s annual meeting and banquet at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

2017 Genesis G90 Named New England Motor Press Association's Best Luxury Winter Vehicle

NEMPA members evaluated numerous vehicles during the winter months to determine which ones offer the best winter driving in the New England region. The chosen vehicles provide winter-specific features/options and a safe and enjoyable ride in harsh driving conditions.

“We are honored that our flagship model is recognized as NEMPA’s Best Luxury Vehicle Award winner,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. “This accolade emphasizes that our G90 distinguishes itself with high appeal and performance in all weather conditions.”

The Genesis G90 redefines the luxury experience at every level shaped by consumer-focused values, and delivers a vehicle grounded in performance engineering, innovative technology and premium comfort, especially in the harsh winters. An advanced H-TRAC® AWD system is available with either powertrain, for confident control under adverse driving conditions. This system features an electronic transfer case with active torque control and offers dual-mode Sport or Normal calibrations that are linked to the Intelligent Drive Mode. The H-TRAC system can direct up to 40 percent of available torque to the front axle in normal driving, for enhanced traction in adverse conditions such as ice or snow. The Genesis G90 is equipped to take on any storm that comes its way with the following standard features:

  • 3 years Complimentary Genesis Connected Services which includes Remote Start with Climate Control
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto-defogging windshield

The G90 features a multitude of standardized safety technology and has received the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This comprehensive suite of standard safety features works to minimize risk and maximize protection for the driver, passenger and other road users. These advanced safety features include:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection
  • Smart Blind Spot Detection (SBSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Dynamic Bending Light with High Beam Assist
  • 360-degree Multi-view Camera

New England Motor Press Association
The New England Motor Press Association is unique among regional motor press groups. Its members represent all six New England states, reaching one of the densest populations in all of America. Many also have national followings. These automotive writers and talk show hosts influence multi-vehicle owners looking to buy a wide range of cars and trucks to cope with the varied weather conditions of the region.

Genesis Motor America
Genesis Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., distributes, markets and services Genesis vehicles in the United States. Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. A total of six new Genesis models will launch by 2021 and will compete with the world’s most renowned luxury car brands. All Genesis vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by an industry-leading warranty with enhanced roadside assistance and concierge services.

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Austin dealership highlights pre-owned BMW vehicles


Austin dealership highlights pre-owned BMW vehicles

Sutton Motorsports in Austin showcases its selection of BMW models

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AUSTIN, Texas, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Sutton Motorsports is Austin’s premiere used car dealership, and with its array of BMW vehicles, it is easy to see why. BMW has been making automobiles for about 90 years, and they continue to set the bar higher with each new model. Because Sutton Motorsports is a used car dealership, it is able to provide customers with the same legendary BMW performance, while staying within its customer’s budget. The dealership is family owned and operated and is committed to providing a top-of-the-line service to anyone in search of a different vehicle. The dealership also buys cars and offers the trade-in value to be used as a down payment on one of the many different vehicles on its lot.

Because of the outstanding performance they provide, it’s no wonder why many drivers prefer BMW models over other vehicles. BMW vehicles are also built for comfort as well as performance, and that is why the BMW vehicles featured at Sutton Motorsports feature many different standard and available comfort options, such as heated seats, cruise control and even all-wheel drive. Along with available comfort features, the BMW vehicles currently in Sutton Motorsports’ inventory have a multitude of technological features available. Keyless entry, a navigation system, BMW apps and premium packages are just a few of these technological features, and because the dealership’s inventory is always changing, BMW models with different features may not be too far away.

Interested consumers can view Sutton Motorsports’ complete inventory on its website, The highly trained and knowledgeable team members at the dealership are more than capable of answering any questions that potential consumers may have, not only about the dealership’s variety of BMW vehicles, but its entire selection of pre-owned vehicles as well. Because the inventory at Sutton Motorsports is constantly changing, those interested in purchasing a newer BMW are encouraged to contact the dealership as soon as possible. Sutton Motorsports can be reached over the phone at (512) 409-9999 or in person at 12633 Research Blvd. in Austin.

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