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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? 


Kia promises fuel cells by 2012

Right: Kia, along with its parent company Hyundai, will roll out around 1,000 zero-emission fuel cell vehicles in 2012

South Korean car maker, Kia, has pledged to begin small-scale production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles within the next three years.
According to a plan unveiled to journalists in Seoul, Kia, along with its parent company Hyundai, will roll out around 1,000 zero-emission fuel cell vehicles in 2012, with the longer term aim of making the vehicles commercially viable by 2015, at which point production will ramp up to 10,000 units per year.
Early problems such as cold starting that’s caused by water freezing in the fuel stack have been solved by Hyundai Kia engineers that have been working on the technology since 2000 at its Mabuk-ri R&D facility in Korea. Earlier this year Kia successfully completed front, side and rear-crash safety tests with fuel cell versions of the Sportage and Borrego.
But the greatest challenge remains cost, as Byung Ki-Ahn, general manager of the Mabuk-ri site, notes: “Even if we were producing 50,000 fuel cell cars a year they would currently have to cost US$50,000 each.” According to Ki-Ahn, it’s for that reason why Kia’s fuel cell cars will first be leased rather than sold. “On a scale of one to ten when it comes to development, I’d say we’re at stages six or seven,” added Ki-Ahn.

26 August 2009


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