Supplier Spotlight

Video Exclusives

Honda details the production process behind the industry's first FWD 10-speed automatic transmission

Honda Video

Introduced to the US market in 2017 with the launch of the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) was the first Honda plant in the world to produce the new 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

Click here/on image to watch video

As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Ford unveils all-new PHEV Transit

Ford is set to add a plug-in hybrid powertrain to its Transit line-up. As the company continues to push for emissions reduction, the new Transit unit represents the first PHEV van in this market segment.

The OEM will now begin a 12-month fleet trial with Transport for London (TfL) and key-city based businesses, which will explore how the telematics and geofencing technology can maximize clean air benefits.

Penciled-in for volume production in 2019, the PHEV Transit has an advanced hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range in excess of 50km, thanks to a compact liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery located under the load floor, and features the EcoBoost 1.0-liter petrol engine as a range extender.

The technology enables the vehicle to be charged with mains electricity for zero-emission journeys, while the EcoBoost unit generates additional charge for the batteries when required. The Transit Custom PHEV uses a series-hybrid driveline configuration, with the vehicle’s wheels driven exclusively by an electric motor rather than by the combustion engine.

In the same month that Ford re-started the scrappage scheme, the unveiling of the Transit PHEV highlights the OEM’s commitment to providing cleaner vehicles. Mark Harvey, director at Ford Europe, reiterated this vision: “For more than 50 years, businesses have relied on Ford Transit to get the job done, and we are determined to maintain that tradition as we move into the electric age.

“Seeing the PHEV Transits on the road is an exciting milestone, and we look forward to teaming up with our London partners and customers to explore how these vans can reduce emissions and operator costs in the city.”

Written by Sam Petters

20 September 2017


Your email address:

Read Latest Issue

International Engine of the Year Awards
Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusive Articles

Audi pursues e-fuels strategy with testing of new e-benzin fuel technology
Audi continues to pursue its e-fuels strategy with the testing of its e-gasoline ‘e-benzin’.
Read Now

Siemens on the future of the EV battery industry
With a holistic approach to battery development, Siemens discusses the production solutions available to OEMs as the electric vehicle industry becomes increasingly demanding
Read Now

WMG details sensor technology that could enable five times faster charging
Research led by Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick in the UK has produced new sensor technology that could enable five times faster charging for commercial EV batteries.
Read Now

Read Latest Issue

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightClick here for listings and information on leading suppliers covering all aspects of the engine technology industry. Want to see your company included? Contact for more details.

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the engine technology community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email