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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 passes technology milestone

BorgWarner has revealed the passing of a production milestone at its European facilities, with over five million DCT modules produced for Volkswagen’s DQ250 transmission.

The company has been producing the modules since 2003 for a range of cars within the Volkswagen Group’s brands, including the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi Q3.

BorgWarner says its DualTronic technology consists of a dual-clutch module manufactured in Arnstadt, Germany, and a control module produced in Tulle, France. The module uses two wet clutches in an oil bath to engage the odd and even gears, to allow shifts within fractions of a second with no perceptible interruption of the power flow.

The control module also uses compact electro-hydraulic solenoid valves to precisely regulate the clutch and the transmission’s gearshift actuation system. Tunable launch characteristics, high thermal robustness and scalable torque capacity have made it usable in a range of different applications.

“During the last few years, our leading manufacturing plants for DCT technology in Arnstadt and Tulle have enhanced their production capacities to meet the increasing demand for our advanced transmission solutions. We are very proud to announce the production of over five million DualTronic clutch and control modules for Volkswagen,” said Robin Kendrick, president and general manager of BorgWarner Transmission Systems.

September 1, 2015

1 September 2015


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