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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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AVL announces recruitment drive

 AVL, one of the world’s largest privately owned engineering company with more than 20 technical centers worldwide, is to employ up to 100 new members of staff in the UK over the next two years.

The company says it faces strong market demand for its unique technical skills and is now expanding to cope. This demand has also led to the recent acquisition of Midlands-based NTC Powertrain, specialists in software development for gearbox control.

The new roles in the UK will be created across AVL’s Research and Engineering Departments in Basildon, Essex, and the Midlands.

Managing Director of AVL Powertrain UK, Dr Matthias Wellers said: “We’re seeing more and more companies becoming interested in what we can do for them. With our technical centers throughout the world we offer our customers a unique service which combines customer orientation with our in depth technical knowledge”.

Wellers added that the expansion marks a big step forward for the Company. “We’re pleased to be taking our business to the next level, even in such a tight economic climate,” he said. "The core of our success is the outstanding engineers who build our team. The Engineers, from different disciplines, develop their careers and work on the most interesting technical projects today."

25 November 2010


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