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The next generation of BMW's 5-series sedan is expected to debut early in 2010, perhaps at the Geneva Motor Show. The new M5, however, likely won't be launched until the 2011 Frankfurt show. According to Albert Biermann, development boss of the M division, when it does arrive, it will cut CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to the current model.

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Automotive supplier Bosch is now set to follow arch-rival Continental Automotive systems into the field producing turbochargers. Robert Bosch GmbH has received German regulatory approval to team up with MAHLE GmbH in a 50-50 joint venture called Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems GmbH & Co. KG. The new company will start operating on June 2 out of offices in Stuttgart. About 50 employees from each company will move over to the new company.

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Car makers the world over are looking for the most cost effective ways to increase fuel economy as fuel prices continue to climb and CO2 limits and fuel economy standards come into force. One approach that seems to be appealing to most is adding direct fuel injection and turbocharging to smaller displacement engines. Continental Automotive Systems sees the trend and is jumping on the bandwagon. Continental has announced their intention to build their first turbocharger plant for production begin

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