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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? 


Increased power output and reduced emissions for the new Audi TT

Audi has reported significant gains in reducing the whole-life impact on the environment of the new TT. Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi TT boasts an increase in power output of up to 14% and a simultaneous decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of 11%. As the manufacturer states in its new lifecycle assessment of the third-generation TT, this means that each car in the series saves around 5.5 tons of greenhouse gases over its entire lifecycle. This includes not just carbon dioxide, but other substances such as methane, nitrous oxide and halogenated organic emissions.

"Our goal is to reduce significantly the overall emissions of each model compared with its predecessor," states Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development at Audi. "However, it's not just a matter of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. At Audi, we look at the entire product and process chain associated with mobility."

A host of technologies have contributed towards the positive lifecycle assessment of the Audi TT, including lightweight construction. Thanks to an intelligent combination of materials, Audi engineers have reduced the car's unladen weight. The first model change in 2006 saw weight savings of up to 90kg achieved. With the front-wheel-drive 2-liter TFSI engine variant of the new TT now weighing in at just 1,230kg, this means that the car is around 50kg lighter than its predecessor.

Weight reduction and intelligent lightweight construction measures also have an impact on the vehicle manufacturing process. Here, it has been possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 9%, or 800 kg – a result that benefits the customers.

20 August 2014


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