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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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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 


Schaeffler AG appoint new Co-CEO of Automotive

Schaeffler AG has announced the appointment of Matthias Zink (above) as a member of the Executive Board of Schaeffler AG. He is, as Co-CEO Automotive, responsible for the business divisions Transmission Systems, Automotive Aftermarket and Research and Development for the Automotive division. Zink has succeeded Norbert Indlekofer, who left the company on December 31, 2016 at his own request.

Zink studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe. His key area of study was automotive engineering. After his degree in 1994 he started working as a test engineer at the Schaeffler brand LuK in Bühl, Germany. In subsequent years, he has held various leadership positions before becoming responsible for the Clutch Systems Business Unit in 2006. After leading the business unit successfully for six years, he assumed the position as President of Schaeffler Automotive Asia/Pacific in China in 2012. In 2014, Matthias Zink transferred back to Germany to become president of the Transmission Technologies Business Unit. In July 2014, he was appointed president of the Transmission Systems Business Division.

"We are delighted to have appointed Matthias Zink to the Executive Board of Schaeffler AG," explained Georg F. W. Schaeffler, chairman of the supervisory board of Schaeffler AG. "Mr. Zink is a long-standing employee of Schaeffler and a renowned expert in transmission systems. He will play a decisive role in the further development of our offering into the direction of electric mobility."

18 January 2017


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