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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 details Chinese built Kadjar supply deal

BorgWarner has outlined its supply deal with Renault/Nissan and DRAC, which sees the Tier One supplier provide engine timing components for the 2.0-liter Renault Kadjar.

The deal will see the American company produce timing chains, primary tensioners, guides, arms, as well as balancer chains and tensioners for the first vehicle built at the Wuhan plant in China.

The Tier One supplier’s silent chains have been engineered to enhance the SUV’s efficiency, performance, and wear resistance. This is thanks to curved link backs, which reduce friction between the chain, arms and guides.

The American company also claim reduced noise, vibration and harshness thanks to tensioners which balance chain tension and optimize control over the entire engine operating range.

The arms and guides have also been re-engineered with specialized materials to reduce mass and package size. This means that the 2.0-liter engine should feature improved fuel economy and produce fewer emissions.

Joel Wiegert, president at BorgWarner, revealed his thoughts on the deal. “BorgWarner’s engine timing systems are engineered to provide durable efficient performance. We are pleased to support Renault/Nissan and DRAC with localized production of our technologies.”

1 September 2017


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