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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 opens R&D center in China

ContiTech has opened a new research and development Center in China. The Changshu center will develop innovative products for vehicle mounting and vibration control technology – in close collaboration with customers such as Geely, Great Wall Motor Company, General Motors, Shanghai Volkswagen and Qoros. ContiTech has invested around US$12 million in the R&D center, which will employ 30 engineers by the end of this year.

An order from new automotive manufacturer Qoros was the deciding factor for expansion of the company's research and development competencies in Asia. According to Kai Uwe Frühauf, head of ContiTech's vibration control business unit, in 2010, the supplier won the bid to collaborate with its engine mounts in the development of a central platform for assembly of Qoros’ first production model. “We made a very clear decision to carry out development in the regions where the key global automakers are active: in Europe, North and South America, and now, of course, in Asia as well,” added Frühauf, explaining that this makes it possible not only to offer highly competent support to automakers in developing their global platforms but also to meet customers' local needs quickly and precisely at all key locations.

The new research and development Center is located in Jiangsu Province, only 100 kilometers from Shanghai. The province is home to several automotive manufacturers. In addition to China, Asian markets in Korea, Japan, and India can also be ideally served from the Changshu location.

26 March 2013


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