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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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Record investment for Bosch R&D

Despite the tough economic conditions, Bosch has announced that it has ploughed a record amount of money into R&D, with the aim of safeguarding the company’s long-term future.

The industry’s largest supplier has said it spent over US $14billion on investments for the last year, with nearly US $5.65 billion going on R&D. Much of the outlay has gone on powertrain innovation, such as Bosch’s new common rail diesel technology and innovative piezo injectors.

Above: Last year the Bosch Group set a new benchmark in R&D investment

“R&D and investment remains the basis for securing our future, even in difficult times,” said Franz Fehrenbach, Bosch chairman. But Fehrenbach did warn of a difficult 12 months ahead. “We expect to see a deep recession until well into 2009. Our first quarter has clearly confirmed this assumption, with a drop in sales.” 

4 June 2009


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