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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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Schaeffler and Conti confirm turbo partnership

Schaeffler Group has confirmed it will start series production of the new, high-tech turbocharger for gasoline engines next year.
The new turbocharger has been designed to allow fully-automated assembly, which will allow the partners to realize both production quality and cost advantages. The plan is to reach an annual production capacity of two million turbocharger systems by 2014.
As part of the collaborative agreement, Conti will be responsible for integrating the turbocharger into the vehicle manufacturers' engine systems. The German supplier will also cover such aspects as application development, product engineering, purchasing and quality. Meanwhile Schaeffler will provide support in the final development phase of product development and will assume full responsibility for industrialization.
Discussing the announcement, Dr Peter Gutzmer, head of the engine systems within Conti’s powertrain division, said: "This collaboration is the result of Continental's successful search for a strong partner to complete the final development phase and put the turbocharger into series production. It means we will be profiting from Schaeffler's extensive mechanical expertise."
Gutzmer added: "Turbocharging gasoline engines is becoming ever more important since it is the only way to achieve the downsizing of engines, which is essential to the reduction of fuel consumption".
Developed in the record time of just three years, Conti is to now make use of an innovative production method for its turbocharger. All the main components have been designed for fully-automated assembly along a single axis, whereas most conventional turbochargers have to be put together in several stages, partly by hand. Thanks to its modular design, Conti says that the turbocharger is very scalable and can be easily adapted for installation in varying engine sizes.

28 January 2010


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