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BMW snags €1-billion contract to equip US police cars

German luxury carmaker BMW said Monday it had won a contract worth at least €1 billion ($1.35 billion) to make diesel motors and transmissions for high-tech US police cars.

BMW snags €1-billion contract to equip US police cars
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The deal, signed with Carbon Motors Corporation, includes the delivery of “more than 240,000” six-cylinder engines, transmissions and exhaust systems, a statement said.

It estimated the contract’s value in the “billions of euros” over a time frame that was not specified.

The German powertrains would help US police forces reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 40 percent, BMW sales director Ian Robertson was quoted as saying.

Carbon Motors was founded in 2003 by a former Ford executive to produce one model, the E7, which it plans to sell as a police crusier.

No roll-out date has been set so far for the vehicle, which is also to feature advanced video surveillance equipment, warning lights and ballistic protection.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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