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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? 


European suppliers sign hybrid deal

Two leading German suppliers have agreed to work together to further develop hybrid drive systems for commercial vehicles. According to the deal, ZF and Continental – who already have in place a similar agreement for passenger car vehicles – will realize “electrically assisted driving of hybrid buses and trucks,” said Jorg Grotendorst, head of Continental’s hybrid electric vehicles powertrain division. As the systems supplier, ZF will be responsible for all work in relation to the system integration for the hybrid system, while Conti will supply key components, such as the lithium-ion battery pack. Volume production is scheduled to start in 2011.

Above: Continental and ZF are developing a hybrid drive with lithium-ion batteries for trucks and buses

8 July 2009


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