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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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Lamborghini looks to green powertrain solutions

Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has announced plans to achieve a 35% reduction in its total vehicle CO2 emissions by 2015.

Left: Lamborghini will cut vehicle emissions by 35% in the next six years

The announcement from the VW-owned brand follows a similar development being undertaken by Bentley, which is aiming to reduce emissions output by 15% across its entire range during the next thee years.

Harnessing eco-friendly powertrain expertise from the VW Group, Lamborghini is expected to use a raft of measures that will allow the niche car maker to reduce CO2 emissions by more than a third in a six-year time period. Lamborghini powertrain engineers are thought to be looking into several options as part of the eco-friendly goal, including decreasing vehicle mass, improving combustion, reducing friction, implementing start/stop systems, developing hybrid drivetrains and studying biofuels. Around US$40 million is being earmarked for the project.

Commenting on the announcement, Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Lamborghini, said, "Lamborghini is committed to its policy of environmental management, since we are well-aware of the great opportunities that derive from it. We have an objective to reduce CO2 emissions to the greatest possible degree. We have also set compulsory annual goals that are part of an integrated approach, both considering the automobile as an element which is more considerate of the environment in terms of emissions and the use of resources, to the accomplishment of a series of corresponding measures such as modifications to our factory. This is an important action for Lamborghini and a central opportunity for our long-term corporate and product development.”

12 June 2009


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