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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? 


BorgWarner predicts global shift in propulsion demands

BorgWarner has outlined how innovation and development of a broad 48V portfolio will see the company capture 60% of the global HEV market by 2027. With OEMs continuing to increase powertrain options, the Tier One supplier considers mild hybrid, as well as full hybrid, technologies key to delivering fuel efficiency and performance.

Thanks to the 2015 acquisition of Remy International and the upcoming absorption of Sevcon later this year, the company has been investing in the development of mild hybrid technology.

James Verrier, BorgWarner CEO, said, “We are excited about the demand and opportunity for electrified vehicle technologies – it is a turning point for the industry. We believe 48V systems offer the high-volume economics that will get us to the ultimate destination of a cleaner, more energy-efficient world. With our widening breadth of products and deep systems knowledge, BorgWarner can help auto makers reach their goals quickly.”

The Tier One supplier’s focus on hybrid technology is highlighted with development of the eBooster, which uses electrically driven compressors and iBAS to capture and use waste energy to provide more power. Mass production of the component is ramping up and will be deployed by three OEMs, including Daimler’s latest 3.9-liter petrol engine.

Christopher Thomas, chief technology officer at BorgWarner, explained, “Our engineers have evaluated a 48V system that incorporates an eBooster to determine the optimal control strategy to most effectively convert the charge in the battery to the needs of the propulsion system.

“This results in efficiency gains that enable engine right-sizing and more optimal matching of the turbocharger and driveline components, creating game-changing opportunities for auto makers in packaging space, architecture, design and efficiency.

Written by Sam Petters

20 September 2017


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