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Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.


Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.


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Eaton scoop top honors at the International Engine of the Year Awards

For the second consecutive year, diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation scored well in the International Engine of the Year Award, which was presented in Stuttgart at the end of June of this year.



Eaton’s fifth generation supercharger technology, coupled with a turbocharger, helped Volkswagen’s 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger four-cylinder engine win the internationally renowned award. In addition to winning top honors, Eaton also supplied components on five of the 10 other winning international engines, including intake valves on the BMW’s 2-liter twin turbo diesel and BMW M’s 4-liter V8 engine; exhaust valves on the BMW’s 3-liter twinturbo inline six-cylinder engine; and Fiat 1.4-liter MultAir turbo which scooped best New Engine at the International Engine of the Year Awards.

“We’re pleased that a panel of international auto experts has recognized our customers for the performance and efficiency of these engines,” said Darryl Niven, general manager, Eaton Supercharger Division. “The winning Volkswagen engine that utilizes our supercharger technology proves once again that it is possible to replace larger engines with smaller, more efficient engines that improve fuel economy and reduce emissions without sacrificing power and performance.”

Organized by UKIP Media and Events, the award is given to the car maker whose engine is judged to provide the best fuel economy, noise reduction, smoothness, performance and drivability. Entries were judged by a panel of 72 journalists from 35 countries globally.

The Volkswagen Twincharger combines a small Eaton supercharger with a single-stage turbocharger to boost horsepower and torque, while improving fuel efficiency to 45.5mpg. Its quick response eliminates the lag of many competing systems. The engine, used in the OEM’s Golf, Jetta, Scirocco, Touran, Tiguan and Seat Ibiza Cupra models.

Eaton’s success at The International Engine of the Year Awards further cements the company’s position as a worldwide leader in supercharger solutions for small displacement engines for customers in markets around the world. Eaton supercharger technology has been selected by numerous premium global automakers and can be found on many vehicles, including: Audi A6, S4 and S5, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Cadillac CTS-V, Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, Jaguar XKR, XFR, XJR and Range Rover Sport and a version of the fourth-generation Nissan Micra.

 


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