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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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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 

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Schaeffler expands solution range for electric and hybrid vehicles

Bearings and automotive component and systems supplier Schaeffler has extended its range of solutions for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Schaeffler has developed a series of innovations contributing to the further development of engine start-stop systems. These include the optimization of components to accommodate the increase in the number of start procedures, as well as solutions for start-stop systems such as non-contact sensors, optimized bearings, specially-coated components, electro-mechanical camshaft phasing units, latching valves, and components for belt-driven starter generators and permanently-engaged starters.
“The electrification of the drivetrain is making rapid progress,” stated Peter Gutzmer, CTO at Schaeffler. “This means that engine start-stop systems, for example, are becoming standard, recovery of braking energy is gaining popularity on the roads, and the number of hybrid models is increasing.”
Other solutions for fully hybrid vehicles range from hydraulic clutches and corresponding actuators to hybrid modules and modular electric axles. According to Schaeffler, this family of disc-shaped, compact hybrid modules is designed for use in vehicles of various performance classes. Depending on the vehicle’s performance and torque class, these hybrid modules are installed between the engine and transmission and are customized in terms of their size and configuration. The range encompasses hybrid modules for passenger vehicles up to 280Nm to models with more than 780Nm.

12 February 2014


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