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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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ContiTech closes in on huge takeover

ContiTech is strengthening its presence the in hose lines sector of the automotive industry by finalizing one of its largest ever acquisitions.

The German Tier 1 has confirmed it is buying the automotive air conditioning business of the Collierville, Tennessee-based mobile climate systems division of Tier 1 rival Parker Hannifin. The deal, which has surprised many industry commentators, includes plants in Mexico (Monterrey and Montemorelos), the Czech Republic (Chomutov), South Korea (Chonan) and China (Wuxi). ContiTech will take on approximately 1,000 employees from the acquisition.

Details such as the price of the takeover have been kept quiet until the transaction is approved by antitrust authorities. The acquired business will be integrated into ContiTech’s fluid technology business Unit.

“The acquisition is perfectly in line with our growth strategy,” said ContiTech CEO Heinz-Gerhard Wente. “Parker has an excellent presence among the American and Japanese automotive manufacturers and will open additional doors for us in Asia. After the acquisition, we will also become a worldwide partner for manufacturers such as Ford, GM and Honda.”

Air conditioning lines are produced by ContiTech’s fluid technology business unit which, with around US$1.7 billion in sales and around 14,000 employees, is the company’s largest business unit.

16 August 2012


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