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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? 


Chevrolet to use BorgWarner HY-VO chains in hybrid models

BorgWarner has outlined how its 'clean and efficient technology solution' for hybrid vehicles, HY-VO chains, have been adopted by Chevrolet for use in both the Volt plug-in hybrid and Malibu hybrid. Said to offer greater efficiency and lower noise than gear drives, BorgWarner’s HY-VO chains transmit torque from the two-motor electric drive unit to the differential and front axles.

"Drivers expect a quiet ride and appreciate efficient propulsion. Our proven HY-VO chain technology delivers both with the high quality and durability automakers count on," said Joel Wiegert, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Morse Systems. "This new application of our HY-VO chain technology is another example of BorgWarner’s solutions for electric propulsion systems."

BorgWarner states that the HY-VO chain's tunability is enabled by the use of two unique link profiles assembled in a specific pattern to reduce noise. BorgWarner’s HY-VO chains drive a variety of applications, including front-wheel drive transmissions; part-time and all-wheel drive transfer cases; hybrid electric motor applications; and reverse and primary drives for power sports such as snowmobiles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles.

In addition to HY-VO chains, BorgWarner supplies mini direct-acting variable force solenoids and thermostats for these applications.

21 February 2017


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