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Honda details the production process behind the industry's first FWD 10-speed automatic transmission

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Introduced to the US market in 2017 with the launch of the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) was the first Honda plant in the world to produce the new 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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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.

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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? 


BMW and Toyota sign powertrain collaboration deal

BMW and Toyota have announced at the Tokyo Motor Show that they are to work together to further research next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. The mid-to-long-term collaboration is part of a memorandum of understanding that executives from both organizations signed following successful talks. The partnership will also see BMW supply Toyota’s European operations with 1.6-liter and 2-liter diesel engines in 2014, which will be installed in certain Toyota-produced vehicles planned for sale in the European market.

The BMW/Toyota collaboration is the latest in a growing number of partnerships for both car makers. Earlier this year, the Japanese OEM confirmed it is going to work with Ford in the USA to joint develop hybrid powertrains specifically for pick-up trucks. Meanwhile, in the last 12 months BMW has signed deals that will see it supply engines to both Saab and Fisker Automotive.

Marking the announcement at Tokyo, Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, said: “Toyota is the leading provider of environment-friendly series technology in the volume segment and the BMW Group is the most innovative and sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles. We are now joining forces to further develop environment-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments. Supplying Toyota with our fuel efficient and dynamic diesel engines represents another important step in the planned expansion of our sales activities for engines and powertrain systems.”

Representing Toyota, president Akio Toyoda added: “It is a great joy and a thrill to enter into this mid-to-long-term collaborative relationship with BMW, a company with its own culture and history from its many years of car manufacturing in Europe, and a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to furthering the development of the auto industry and society, both companies will bring their wide-ranging knowledge - starting with that concerning environmental technologies - to the table and make ever-better cars.”


2 December 2011


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