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Daimler-Renault-Nissan Alliance Building Engines In 2014

Announcing their latest collaboration, Daimler and Renault-Nissan have declared that they will begin building 4-cylinder engines at Nissan’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee beginning 2014. The Decherd facility will produce engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models and at full capacity is expected to churn out 250,000 engines annually. Nissan’s Tennessee plant ensures a strategic location and logistics link, as it guarantees a direct supply of engines for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, built at Daimler’s vehicle plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Daimler Board, “In the context of our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy, we have decided that we will expand the production capacities required for this… Continue Reading »

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Renault-Nissan to Supply Engines for Merc A- and B-Class

There have already been reports that AMG power plants will be used by a future crop of vehicles in Renault-Nissan’s Infinity Performance Line, but apparently the alliance between Renault-Nissan and Daimler isn’t just a one-sided affair. There have been indications that Renault-Nissan will be supplying engines for Merc’s next-gen A-Class and B-Class models. Some French sources have let slip that the new Renault-Nissan 1.6L turbodiesel engine rated at 128 brake horsepower will be headed to the aforementioned Mercedes-Benz models as early as next year. Aside from the crossover of engines and vehicle models, the automakers are also working on some new three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines that can be used for… Continue Reading »

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Four-cylinder turbodiesel in the S-Class? Not in the U.S.

You have to admit, if there’s one vehicle from Mercedes-Benz’s model lines that you’d dream about owning, it has got to be an S-Class. Being the flagship model of the German premium car manufacturer, it has packed everything from V12 monsters, stout V10′s and even twin-turbocharged V8′s. But now you’re going to see an S-Class with a four-banger diesel. So what gives? Evolution happened. Mercedes-Benz was able to create a four-cylinder engine with enough wallop that it’s willing to risk its reputation by putting it on their most prestigious S-Class models. This is the first time in 60 years that something like this has ever happened. So this truly is… Continue Reading »

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New engines for flagship S-Class models

A car is only as good as the engine that purrs under its hood. And for a fancy German-engineered car to be considered really premium, it’ll take a heck of a hefty fine engine to pull off what it’s supposed to be capable of. And so, Mercedes-Benz announces a whole new lineup of engines to make its S-Class flagship range really stand out, starting with brand new V6 and V8 BlueDIRECT petrol engines to join ranks with current direct injection diesel injections. So what specific BlueEFFICIENCY technologies should you expect to be present on these new engines. Well, nothing less than a load-controlled oil pump and of course, low rolling… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz F1 technical director Norbert Haug pushes for smaller engines

Engine size does matter, especially in Formula One. This has been a hot issue ever since talks have been initiated discussing Formula One engine regulations from 2013 onwards. Norbert Haug, Mercedes F1 technical director, has a different take on the matter. Haug says that instead of having a top-down plan, meaning an upper limit on engine displacement, why not go from bottom up, suggesting smaller engines for the big gun manufacturers. Haug believes that by reducing engine displacement, independent manufacturers will benefit, especially those without the financial capabilities of Ferrari and Mercedes. Besides, Haug believes it’s all in the name of global environmental trends. Smaller engines would naturally use less… Continue Reading »

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