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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.

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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Ford ramps up engine business

Exports from Ford's UK-based engine and parts manufacturing operations have grown by over a third in the last 12 months in an effort to keep up with increasing demand in Russia, Australia and the Far East.

The car maker’s Dagenham's Export Distribution Centre is responsible for shipping a variety of components manufactured at plants in the UK, including Ford Dagenham's engine plant and Ford Dagenham's stamping and tooling operations. The mixed volume of vehicle components transported overseas comprises 30% vehicle panels, 30% engines and 40% trim-metal used in applications such as Ford's chrome window surrounds. In addition, engines are shipped through Ford component sales to both Ford and non-Ford dealers in the UK.

Joe Greenwell, chairman of Ford Britain said: “Ford is investing £1.5 billion in low-carbon engineering and manufacturing in the UK over a five-year period. This benefits our customers and the 100,000 people in the UK whose jobs are directly or indirectly dependent on Ford. It also boosts Ford Dagenham's export operations, which are important to the global One Ford strategy and will help power the UK's sustainable economic recovery."

Since 2009, there has been a rising number of engines and parts shipped to South Africa, Argentina, Russia, Taiwan, North America, India, China, Japan, Brazil, The Philippines and Thailand - boosting Dagenham's production of engines. In August, 2010 a single container of just 36, 2.7-liter V6 diesel engines was shipped to Melbourne, Australia, but these shipments have now increased to 1,200 engines a month. At the same time, engine exports to Thailand are expected to quadruple in 2011.




15 February 2011


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