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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


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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Applus+ IDIADA acquires Chinese engineering company

Applus+, a global inspection, testing, certification and quality control company, has acquired the Chinese company EDI, which specializes in automotive design and engineering, and the development of prototype vehicles.

The acquisition will allow the company to consolidate its position in China, reinforcing its commitment to providing global coverage to its international clients. Applus+ IDIADA, a division that specializes in the provision of design, engineering, testing and homologation services to the automotive sector, will now increase its capacity to offer local support to its clients operating in China.

The main services Applus+ IDIADA currently provides in China includes product development, mainly in the fields of active and passive safety, computer design and simulation, the implementation of whole-vehicle durability programs and vehicle, systems and components homologation.

The acquisition of EDI "is another step in the expansion of Applus+ as a leading company in the provision of specialized services for the automotive industry on an international scale," said Fernando Basabe, CEO of Applus +. 

Carles Grasas, CEO of Applus+ IDIADA, commented, "the integration of EDI allows us to increase our technical capabilities and human resources in China to 165 people, as well as expand our presence with new facilities in Liuzhou, which are added to those the company already has in Shanghai, Beijing, Changchun, Chongqing and Guangzhou".


14 February 2013


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