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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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European suppliers sign hybrid deal

Two leading German suppliers have agreed to work together to further develop hybrid drive systems for commercial vehicles. According to the deal, ZF and Continental – who already have in place a similar agreement for passenger car vehicles – will realize “electrically assisted driving of hybrid buses and trucks,” said Jorg Grotendorst, head of Continental’s hybrid electric vehicles powertrain division. As the systems supplier, ZF will be responsible for all work in relation to the system integration for the hybrid system, while Conti will supply key components, such as the lithium-ion battery pack. Volume production is scheduled to start in 2011.

Above: Continental and ZF are developing a hybrid drive with lithium-ion batteries for trucks and buses

8 July 2009


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