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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? 


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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