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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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The Japanese OEM has revealed its all-new powertrain system which is set to be installed in 80% of Toyota vehicles by 2023. Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the technology will feature a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), a 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter hybridized engine unit.

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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? 


Honda develops city brake technology

Honda has developed a new accident avoidance support system called City-Brake Active.

The City-Brake Active system operates when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of approximately less than 18mph. It uses a laser radar installed in the upper part of the windscreen to detect when a collision is imminent. If the system identifies a high risk of collision – the accuracy of which is dependent on driving and weather conditions – it will issue audio and visual warnings to the driver. If the driver does not take action to avoid the collision then the system will automatically apply the brakes.

The system also protects drivers from accidental acceleration at speeds of approximately less than 6mph or from standstill. If the system determines that the driver has pressed too hard on the accelerator pedal, for example by mistakenly stepping on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal, when there is another vehicle within approximately 4m of the front of the vehicle, the driver will receive audio and visual warnings and the City-Brake Active system will control engine output to restrict the vehicle from moving forward.

Honda will first introduce the City-Brake Active system on the all-new Honda Fit, which will go on sale in Japan later this year. The introduction of this new technology to Honda models in Europe has yet to be confirmed.

3 April 2013


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