Piston supplier Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG of Germany has five new contracts for its so-called “power cylinder,” a piston module that comes fully assembled with connecting rod, pin and rings. Detail are sketchy for now, but KP has a major contract to supply more than 1 million power cylinders to General Motors Corp. for a large-displacement gasoline truck engine. The engine is expected to power pickups, cargo vans and other trucks beginning in the 2001 model year. Since December, KP also ...

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