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Old 23-01-2007, 06:23 PM   #1
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Mercury to introduce new stern

IBI today.
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Mercury to introduce new sterndrive system

By IBI Magazine

Mercury MerCruiser has announced it is to begin production of Vazer, a new sterndrive system designed for boats traditionally powered by outboards, in March.

Vazer is a 100hp sterndrive engine built with a compact design. It features a significantly reduced engine height that allows it to fit under seats, platforms and decks of a variety of boats, including pontoons, fishing boats and runabouts.

"Vazer will revolutionise the boating industry," said Kevin Grodzki, president of MerCruiser. "This sterndrive system will enable boatbuilders to design boats in configurations previously unimaginable."

The system is based on a proven 1.6 L GM Vortec SOHC 4-cylinder engine with an all-new compact sterndrive. The engine also features a compact composite intake manifold that maintains a long intake runner design for torque and horsepower.

Vazer features a composite-shell heat exchanger and heater connection ports that allow the addition of cockpit or cabin heat. A closed loop cooling system, which includes the engine block, aluminium exhaust header and cylinder head, allows Vazer to be used in both freshwater and saltwater conditions.

In addition, the MerCruiser Vazer includes 100-hour maintenance features such as translucent fluid reservoirs, a remote-mounted engine oil filter, five-year engine coolant and an easy oil drain system.

Its design innovations include trim cylinders with internal fluid routing so that external trim hoses are not exposed, and an engine-mounted lubricant reservoir with built-in electronic fluid-level sensing that is integrated into the standard Engine Guardian and drive protection system.

Production for the 100hp Vazer will begin in early March at MerCruiser's manufacturing facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma, US.

Mercury Marine is a US $2.3 billion division of Brunswick Corporation manufacturing recreational marine propulsion engines. With 6,300 employees worldwide it provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications.

(23 January 2007)
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