Of all the tuners this side of AMG, none are as close to Mercedes-Benz as Brabus. After all, when Daimler needed a tuner to spruce up the Smart car, it was Brabus that it turned to. But Brabus tunes vehicles other than Mercedes – it just uses, let's call it, a pen name. It brands them Noah Joseph
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The Startech Environmental Corporation is going to make methanol and other fuels from waste processed in the Startech Plasma Converter Systems in the EnviroSafe Recycling Facility in Puerto Rico. Startech has got a cool phrase: "Startech regards all wastes, hazardous and non-hazardous, as valuable renewable resources" and seems to be making good on the promise inherent in that statement.
Brabus' tuning arm for American-branded vehicles, Startech, has started paying attention to Dodge's entrant in the European marketplace: the Caliber. The Euro Caliber, as you already know, can be had with Chrysler's VW-supplied 2.0L CRD. Startech's new control module, when installed, bumps peak output up 40 horses to 180 hp. Torque rises to 266 lb-ft between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. (The unmodified engine generates 229 lb ft). Acceleration to 62 mph drops to 8.6 sec -- a .7 sec improvement over stoc