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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 


FSI stake steadies Valeo

In an effort to safeguard the long-term future of Valeo, the French government’s strategic investment fund (FSI) has secured a minority stake – thought to be around 8.5% – in the Tier 1 supplier. Late last year, French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, vowed to protect the French automotive industry from the economic slump and hostile foreign takeovers by creating an investment fund of €20 billion. At the time of writing, both the FSI and Valeo refused to comment on the deal, but sources in France say the stake in the country’s second-largest car parts supplier could increase depending on how the market develops. Valeo has been hit hard by the current economic climate, and last year the company was engulfed in takeover rumors. In 2008, Valeo’s total sales fell by 9% to €9.68 billion, while its operating margin declined sharply by 12% to €1.3 billion. Despite the FSI deal, Thierry Morin, Valeo CEO, has warned that the company expects a negative operating margin for the first half 2009.

20 March 2009


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