Nissan Sunderland Plant is marking the start of production of the third generation Qashqai with a renewed pledge to inspire future generations of manufacturing talent. Following a £400m investment, the latest version of the segment-defining crossover is now rolling off the plant’s production Line One, as the plant celebrates 35 years of manufacturing in the UK. Qashqai represents one in five of all cars built in Britain since its launch 14 years ago – and to celebrate the new generation model, Nissan is offering every schoolchild in North East England the opportunity to take part in a Nissan Skills Foundation event – the company’s programme of activities designed to excite youngsters about careers in manufacturing and engineering.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class - Cultivated power for efficient propulsion
"The engines of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class come from the Mercedes-Benz portfolio and are partially electrically assisted. Electrification is provided by a second-generation Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). This provides a boost of up to 15 kW, supports efficient "sailing" when driving at a constant speed, makes the start-stop experience even more comfortable and the drive more efficient overall. All-wheel drive is always standard. The 9G-TRONIC transmission has been further developed for the adaptation of the ISG. The electric motor, power electronics and transmission cooler have now been moved into or onto the transmission. In conjunction with the ISG, the entire two-part belt drive could be dispensed with because an electric refrigerant compressor is used. This means that the interior can be air-conditioned efficiently and comfortably even when the engine is not running (start-stop and sailing phases). An exhaust system with an Otto particulate filter (OPF) matched to the drive system is used to clean the exhaust gases. Pressure and temperature sensors as well as lambda probes of the latest design ensure efficient exhaust gas purification throughout the entire map."
Looking back, it is stunning how much of the future the Mercedes-Benz F 100 research vehicle already featured in 1991. Be it operating the phone with buttons on the steering wheel, distance control or the electronic tyre pressure monitoring system as well as many attributes of networked vehicles: what seemed utopian three decades ago forms part of the familiar equipment scope of contemporary passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The research vehicle was presented to the public on 12 January 1991 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, USA, a specialist exhibition that has been held since back in 1907. Engineers and designers fitted more pioneering technology in the F 100 than in any research vehicle ever before. At the same time, however, the list of technology carriers is as long as it is impressive. It all started with the Patent Motor Car by Carl Benz dating back to 1886, the world’s first ever car and also an experimental vehicle. And the list is far from complete with the 2020 “VISION AVTR” concept vehicle.