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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 the USA this month 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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BorgWarner supplies solenoid technology for global 6-speed front-wheel drive transmission program

BorgWarner has supplied its mini direct-acting variable force solenoid (VFS) for General Motors’ global front-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission program (GF6). Featured in a range of 2015 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles, BorgWarner’s mini direct-acting VFS enables improved fuel economy and shift feel. Applications exist in every major global market, including the Americas, Europe, China and South Korea.

 

“The improved efficiency and accuracy of BorgWarner’s mini direct-acting VFS result in better fuel economy and shift feel for drivers. Shorter system calibration time, ‘drop in’ replacement and reduced development cycles also make these new solenoids a fast-to-market solution for OEMs,” says Robin Kendrick, president and general manager, BorgWarner Transmission Systems. “We are pleased that GM has chosen to bring BorgWarner’s next-generation technology for hydraulic controls to consumers with this global program.”

Suited for a variety of applications, the mini direct-acting VFS offers increased accuracy and reduced leakage compared with variable bleed solenoids. Because BorgWarner’s mini direct-acting VFS is virtually insensitive to temperature and supply-side pressure variations, shift quality is improved. All of this can be achieved with minimal revision to the existing transmission valve body, while improving customer quality perception and satisfaction.

20 August 2014


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