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

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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

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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.

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Seat launches Cupra as independent brand

Seat has announced that Cupra, the OEM's performance vehicle sub brand, will become a new brand in its own right. The newly formed brand has also unveiled its first model, the Cupra Ateca.

Cupra will continue to develop models in conjunction with its sister company and has targeted independent growth. With this move, the brand will have dedicated floor space in approximately 260 Seat dealerships across Europe.

“Cupra is a big opportunity for Seat, for our customers and for the business,” said Luca de Meo, president at Seat. “The whole project has surfaced as the dream of a group of people who were looking for a way to conquer a new group of car lovers.”

In addition, the new brand will encompass the entire motorsport and racing division, an area that until now was the responsibility of Seat Sport.

Unveiled in Barcelona, Spain, last week (February 22), the new Ateca SUV is fitted with a 2.0-liter TSI engine that delivers 300ps. Developed to include a newly designed Otto Particulate Filter System the Ateca will meet all the latest emission legislations.

Designed to have an improved, more powerful sound, the engine is also equipped with a newly developed 7-speed DSG gearbox that has been developed to offer faster, smoother and more precise changes.

“Cupra Ateca offers versatility like no other brand,” said Dr Matthias Rabe, executive vice-president for R&D at Seat. “It’s about a unique model in its segment, with 300ps, 4Drive and a new 7-speed DSG gearbox. It is the best example of balance between sportsmanship, fun at the wheel and ease of use in everyday life.”

The 4Drive traction system analyses road conditions in real time, including the speed of the car, speed of each wheel, the steering wheel position, and the driving style or mode to quickly and progressively deliver power at each moment to the necessary wheels.

Written by Sam Petters

27 February 2018


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