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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.


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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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NVH partnership

MIRA and Brüel & Kjær have signed an agreement to collaborate on providing turnkey NVH testing solutions and consultancy to optimize the vehicle development process.

The partners say that the alliance recognizes the challenge of meeting increasing vehicle refinement objectives during shorter development schedules and brings together MIRA’s engineering expertise with Brüel & Kjær’s latest sound and vibration measurement technology to create an enhanced NVH solution for automotive manufacturers.

“In Brüel & Kjær we have gained a partner with an unsurpassed understanding of the factors contributing to NVH as well as access to a suite of industry-leading solutions,” said MIRA CEO Dr George Gillespie at the contract signing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“This partnership represents a significant investment for both businesses and will not only allow us to provide the most comprehensive measurement and analysis service possible, but affords MIRA the ability to develop future NVH solutions that will be highly desirable to our customers.”

Brüel & Kjær's managing director, Lars Rønn, added: “This collaboration matches the world-class automotive engineering capabilities of MIRA with the NVH solution expertise of Brüel & Kjær, enabling the delivery of integrated NVH development and troubleshooting solutions to automotive manufacturers and suppliers.”

In addition to knowledge transfer between the two businesses, the agreement will see MIRA upgrade its solutions by purchasing a range of equipment from Brüel & Kjær (including two 24 channel PULSE data acquisition and analysis systems and a desktop NVH Vehicle Simulator) who will provide training and technical support as well as access to its extensive network in China.

The state-of-the-art equipment offers numerous technical advantages to users including increased accuracy and the ability to design and demonstrate the noise characteristics of a new vehicle by driving a ‘virtual’ version first – negating the need for expensive, time consuming prototyping and maximizing evaluation efficiency.

17 November 2010


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