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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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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? 


Mercedes-Benz details its new 3.0-liter X-Class

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new X-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. With a six-cylinder engine and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, the X 350 d 4MATIC promises 260ps and maximum torque of 550Nm.

Equipped with a 260ps 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with common-rail direct injection, the X 350 d will reach 100km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 204km/h. Maximum torque is available over an engine speed range of 1,400 to 3,200rpm. This means that high torque is available from low engine speeds.

Developed to be lightweight, the engine features a single-stage turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and the Nanoslide cylinder liner coating that first featured in Formula 1. It is fitted with a 7G-TRONIC Plus automatic transmission, and the OEM claims gearchanges will happen without interruption in tractive power.

Thanks to 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with low-range reduction gear and an optional rear axle locking differential, the Mercedes pickup features a two-stage transfer case that is flange-mounted to the 7G-TRONIC Plus main transmission. It is fitted with a central differential of planetary design that distributes the drive force between the front and rear axle with a fixed torque distribution of 40:60%.

To ensure maximum traction potential of all four wheels, the AWD system includes a continuously adjustable longitudinal differential in the transfer case, in the form of an electromechanical multiplate clutch.

Written by Sam Petters

8 March 2018


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