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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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Conti expands in China

Continental has established a new production plant for its three automotive divisions — powertrain, interior, and chassis and safety - in the Jiading Industrial Zone in Shanghai. The new plant follows the opening of the Continental Automotive Jiading Tech Center and Continental Asia Headquarters in Shanghai in 2009.

The plant, which has already opened its doors for business, produces a wide variety of products, including thick film substrates for engine development and optimization.

Conti says the investment of the new facility will further strengthen the company's automotive components and systems production capacity in addition to its existing plants in China in order to serve increasing demand from local and global customers.

Continental is collaborating with its partner, the Jiading Industrial Zone, to invest up to RMB160 million in the new plant, which is situated on a land of 74,000 square meters. The project is part of Continental's investments to grow significantly in China. The total floor space of the new plant for the first phase amounts to around 20,000 square meters. Currently, more than 800 employees are working at the new plant, and the number is expected to reach 1,500 by 2015.

In terms of production capacity, by 2015, the plant’s numbers will ramp up to 7.5 million for hydraulic and electronic control units, 3 million units of printed circuit boards for clusters, 5 million units of door control modules and gateways, and 2 million units of thick film substrates. The products are destined for all vehicle segments and supplied to OEMs in China, Japan, Korea and Europe.

9 December 2010


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