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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.

Toyota details its new Dynamic Force engine

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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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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Volkswagen and GAZ confirm production partnership

Volkswagen and the GAZ Group have signed an agreement to assemble Volkswagen and Škoda models under contract at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod. The planned production volume is 110,000 vehicles per year, with the agreement running until 2019.

Under the contract manufacturing agreement, GAZ is to build the Volkswagen Jetta, Škoda Octavia and Škoda Yeti models for the Russian market. In order to respond swiftly to fast growing demand in the Russian automobile sector, the first model to be built by GAZ, the Škoda Yeti, is to start rolling off the production line by the end of 2012.

Commenting on the agreement Dr Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen, said: “The Russian market is a growth engine for the automobile industry and an important pillar of our Strategy 2018. The quick expansion of production capacity in cooperation with GAZ will significantly strengthen the Volkswagen Group’s position on this key market.”

Investment in production at Nizhny Novgorod will amount to some €200 million, and this covers expanding and modernizing existing paint shop and assembly facilities as well as setting up a new body shop. In addition, Volkswagen and GAZ will be implementing a comprehensive training program for employees in Nizhny Novgorod, thus ensuring that the locally produced models meet the Volkswagen Group’s global quality standards.

28 June 2011


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