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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


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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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? 


Getrag increases turnover, volume and profits in 2013

German transmission supplier Getrag has reported an increased turnover of US$4.4bn for 2013, up 7% compared to 2012. Last year the company sold a record 3.89 million transmission units, with the dual clutch transmission (DCT) product range crossing the million-unit line for the first time. The company generated a profit before interest and taxes (EBIT) of US$285 million, slightly above 2012 level of US$277 million. Getrag employed 13,250 people at the end of 2013.
In 2013 Getrag invested US$219 million into new production capacities in China, Mexico and Europe as well as into resources to develop a new generation of dual clutch transmissions and hybrid applications. Furthermore the company created about 200 new engineering positions to support new product development.
Mihir Kotecha, chief executive officer, said that the company expects the global demand to shift into the direction of automatics in the long term. “Market data clearly shows that automatics are a continuously growing segment, and the DCT technology is the fastest growing within the segment. We are turning more and more into a DCT company offering the widest portfolio of DCTs in the world today already.”
For 2014 Getrag anticipates growth with a turnover of about US$4.8bn and 4.2 million transmissions sold and creating about 800 new jobs on a global basis.

30 April 2014


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