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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck

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Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.


Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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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Jatco CVT sets production record

Jatco’s belt CVT for medium FWD vehicles has become the first such system to surpass the five million unit production mark. The achievement is a timely boost for CVTs, as many market forecasters have predicted a steady decline for the technology over the next five years.
Known internally as the JF011E, Jatco first began manufacturing the CVT six years ago at the company’s Fuji Area plant, replacing the steel belt CVT that was first launched in 1997. JF011E is now used by a variety of different car makers, including Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Renault, Dongfeng Nissan, Chrysler, and Samsung. The unit has been praised for being both compact and light, making it easy to install in new and existing vehicle platforms. As well as being manufactured in Fuji, Jatco also rolled out the JF011E in Mexico and last year the Japanese supplier started production of the transmission in China to cater for the expanding domestic market.
Jatco has been a firm supporter of CVT systems for over two decades, which has resulted in the Japanese supplier holding a 41% share in global CVT production.

20 August 2010


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