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Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Audi looks to stop/start

Having seen its chief German rival, BMW, encounter much success with its EfficientDynamics marketing campaign – which includes the use of Bosch’s stop/start system across the 1 and 3 Series product range – Audi has announced it plans to follow suit and introduce the same technology in its car lineup by the third quarter of this year.

The new system will make its debut in the A3 1.4-liter TFSI product, as well as in the Audi A4 and A5 2-liter models. Audi says that early tests have shown the stop/start system will help reduce CO2 emissions by around 5g/km. In addition to the stop/start technology, certain Audi models – including the A3, A4, A5, A6 and Q5 – will also benefit from regenerative braking technology and a newly designed gearshift indicator signal system. The plans are part of Audi’s long-term eco-friendly goal, which will see the German car maker lower the overall fuel consumption of its model range by 20% compared to levels in 2007. 

Above: Selected Audi models, including the A3, will soon feature stop/start technology

12 June 2009


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