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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.

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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 opens new plant in Portugal

BorgWarner has opened its new production plant in Lanheses, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, with an inauguration ceremony attended by deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas and BorgWarner representatives. The state-of-the-art building expands BorgWarner’s production capacity to meet growing demand for several exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technologies, such as EGR coolers and EGR tubes, as well as glow plug control modules for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. With a total facility area of 26,000m2, the new facility provides 50% more manufacturing space, than the currently rented site in Valença, and has additional space for future expansion.

“Investing in our strategically important location in Portugal reinforces our international product leadership position in advanced EGR solutions engineered to reduce emissions,” says Brady Ericson, president and general manager, BorgWarner Emissions Systems. “Our customized EGR and diesel cold-start technologies help automakers fulfill increasingly strict emissions regulations such as the Euro 6 standard scheduled to take effect in Europe this year.”

By opening the new plant in Portugal, BorgWarner has taken the next step toward expanding production of its diesel cold-start technologies while meeting growing demand for EGR technologies currently manufactured at the facility in Valença. BorgWarner’s EGR technologies help automakers reduce NOx emissions by recirculating and cooling exhaust gases to reduce combustion temperatures. BorgWarner’s diesel cold-start technology contributes significantly to a cleaner combustion process.

The use of state-of-the-art building thermal insulation and a combination of natural and energy-efficient lighting reduces the building’s energy costs up to 50% compared with the plant in Valença. BorgWarner intends to complete the shift of its present production lines in Valença to the newly inaugurated site in Viana do Castelo in early 2015.

12 November 2014


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