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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


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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Denso selects Mexico for new HVAC plant

Denso Corporation today announced that it intends to build an additional plant in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico. The new facility will help the Japanese Tier 1 to expand its business in the country and meet the growing needs of its North American customers who are ramping up their operations in the region. The plant will manufacture HVAC units, but Denso has already said that it will consider producing additional products at the new site in the future.

Denso’s investment in the new facility will total US$57 million, and the company expects to employ more than 400 people by 2015. Construction of the 25,600 square meter facility will begin in March, and production is set to start in October 2013.

“Building this new plant in central Mexico means that we can manufacture and supply products in close proximity to our customers in the region, and it solidifies our manufacturing footprint in Mexico,” said Hikaru Sugi, president and CEO of Denso International America. “Mexico is a growing market, and this is an opportunity for us to strengthen our competitiveness and our global leadership position in the manufacture and sales of thermal products.”

This will be the third plant for Denso in Mexico, which also has a facility in Guadalupe City, Nuevo Leonstate. Denso currently manufactures a variety of automotive products at its two existing plants, including instrument clusters, climate control panels, and system control components such as variable cam timing and oil control valves.

25 January 2012


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