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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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BorgWarner seals billion-dollar cash deal for Remy International

Auto parts manufacturer BorgWarner has agreed a takeover deal to buy up shares in fellow supplier Remy International in a US$951m deal that values the firm at nearly US$1.2bn.

BorgWarner managed 2014 sales of US$8.3bn, and is known for its turbochargers and transmission parts. The Remy deal will improve its capacity to deal with the electrification of powertrains, with the Indiana-based firm specialising in alternators, starter motors and hybrid system components.

President and CEO of BorgWarner, James Verrier, said, “We look forward to welcoming Remy’s talented employees. Their products and capabilities will strengthen BorgWarner’s position in the rapidly developing powertrain electrification trend. The acquisition will be another step in executing our plan to profitably grow revenue to US$15bn by 2020.”

A series of high-profile takeover deals have been announced in recent weeks, with Magna International buying up transmissions firm Getrag for US$1.9bn and Japanese firm Horiba announcing a deal to buy the Mira testing facility in the UK for US$132m.

21 July 2015


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