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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show 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.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 


BorgWarner expands in Asia

US Tier 1, BorgWarner, has underscored its growth ambitions in Asia by opening two facilities in two key, growth markets – China and India. A technical center in Shanghai, China, will house around 400 staff focusing on engine and drivetrain research and development. The company first entered the Chinese market in 1993, and the new Shanghai base marks an important next step. “We have experienced tremendous growth in China,” says CEO, Tim Manganello. “As a result, we select our facilities carefully and strategically to serve our important customers in the regions where they are located. Opening the BorgWarner China Technical Center represents another great milestone in our global success.”
The plan is for the Shanghai technical center to support BorgWarner’s powertrain technology, including the further development of such products as DualTronic modules, timing chains, transmission solenoids and controls, friction plates, and turbochargers.
Only four days prior to opening the BorgWarner China Technical Center, the US supplier expanded in India with a new manufacturing facility located in Chennai. Boasting a 6,000m2 footprint, the all-new production base will produce thermal products for Tata Motors, Tata Cummins, Ashok Leyland.

20 August 2010


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