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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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

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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? 

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AVL continues with innovation

Following Bosch’s announcement about its investment in R&D, AVL has also stressed that the company is continuing to forge ahead with advanced powertrain work. The Austrian company has unveiled that it was granted 60 patent inventions in 2008, making it one of the most innovative suppliers.


Above: AVL filled for 60 patents last year thanks to advanced R&D work

“Innovation is an essential value within AVL and we strongly drive this forward,” commented AVL CEO, Helmut List. The company is currently focusing core efforts of hybrid and battery technologies to help OEMs reduce emissions. AVL employs 4,100 people, and turned under US$ 885 million in 2007.

 

4 June 2009


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