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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? 


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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