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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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

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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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Daimler boosts Mercedes-Benz engine facility

With more varying powertrain technologies being developed than ever before, Daimler has announced it plans to upgrade the Mercedes-Benz powertrain plant in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim to the tune of over US$2 billion.

The massive investment by the German engineering powerhouse will be channeled into the extension and conversion of various parts of the plant as well as in the launch of new products and production technologies. "With full order books behind us, we are investing in our powertrain production to ensure it is fit to face future competition," explained Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Daimler AG Board of management, responsible for manufacturing and procurement, Mercedes-Benz cars and Mercedes-Benz vans. "These investments represent an important contribution to the implementation of our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy."

The outlay will be allocated to extension and conversion measures and to new manufacturing technologies in the area of axle, transmission and engine production – starting with the new generation of compact cars. Some US$365 million has been earmarked at the Hedelfingen subplant for the ramp-up of the new dual clutch transmission, which is being deployed in the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. The area of upstream operations, the foundry and forging works at the Mettingen subplant, has also been brought up to scratch for the future: the production of turbocharger housings by means of a specially developed casting process was started up this year at the former grey iron foundry on the back of investments in the order of US$75 million euros. Next year will also see the commissioning of a die-casting laboratory in which US$40 million will have been invested. This lab will serve to simulate and optimize casting processes and to develop tool concepts.

2 December 2011


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