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A motor-vehicle multi-link suspension system includes, for each wheel, two lower transverse arms and a substantially longitudinal or inclined lower arm, each having one end pivotally connected to a respective wheel support and the opposite end pivotally connected to the motor-vehicle structure. A leaf spring is arranged transversally with respect to the longitudinal direction of the motor-vehicle. The leaf spring is supported by elastic supports arranged symmetrically at intermediate positions between the center of the leaf spring and the ends thereof. Ends of the leaf spring are pivotally connected to upper parts of the two wheel supports. Two jack-type shock absorbers have opposite ends swingably connected to the respective wheel support and the motor-vehicle structure. The end portions of the leaf spring also fulfill the function of triangular upper transverse arms of the multi-link suspension. Preferably the leaf spring is made of a composite material.

A diesel engine system comprises a particulate filter interposed in an exhaust line and a plurality of fuel injectors associated with an engine. When a quantity of particulate accumulated within said filter is estimated to be greater than a threshold, a control mode of the injectors is activated which causing an automatic regeneration of the filter, by increasing a temperature of exhaust gases fed to the filter sufficient for burning the particulate within the filter. A statistical model is applied which estimates the quantity of particulate accumulated in the filter per time unit The estimation of the particulate accumulated in the filter is corrected after each regeneration of the filter, on a basis of a comparison between the real variation of said temperature during the regeneration as detected by a sensor and a stored reference variation of said temperature previously detected empirically during a regeneration with the filter being empty.

A motor vehicle has two upper struts, which project forward from a passenger compartment and are arranged above two lower struts, which extend along respective substantially rectilinear axes inclined from the bottom upwards, going forward; the lower struts have respective intermediate portions with such a variation in cross section to define a preferential bending zone; the rear ends of the lower struts are fixed to a cross member connected to the upper struts by means of two connection members, which are substantially vertical and have respective breakable zones designed so as to break when a given load threshold is exceeded; the motor vehicle also has a powertrain connected to the cross member and to the upper struts by means of supports which are distinct from the connection members and are breakable in the event of a front crash.

A jack, defining a portable accessory for replacing a motor vehicle wheel, is adapted to be placed on the ground and has a scissors-like pantograph provided with a first and a second arm hinged to each other; the first and second arms have respective lower end portions, which can be moved close or away by actuating a screw/nut-screw device; the second arm is shorter than said first arm and is provided with an upper end portion hinged to an intermediate portion of the first arm; the jack further has a supporting member, which is supported only by an upper end of the first arm and can rotate about an axis.

A motor-vehicle front structure includes a pair of longitudinal struts having front-ends to which two strut plates are secured. A front cross-member is located forwardly of the strut plates and has ends with two rearwardly facing crash-box plates connected to the front cross-member by two crash-box structures. The crash-box plates are connected to a lower auxiliary cross-member by two respective supports. A front-end unit for supporting one or more auxiliary motor-vehicle components has an upper cross-member and a lower cross-member. The crash-box plates are connected directly to the strut plates. The upper and lower cross-members of the front-end unit are made of elements which are separated from each other. The upper cross-member is connected directly to the crash-box plates, whereas the lower cross-member is connected directly to the supports, through which it is connected to the crash-box plates.

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