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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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Kia promises fuel cells by 2012

Right: Kia, along with its parent company Hyundai, will roll out around 1,000 zero-emission fuel cell vehicles in 2012

South Korean car maker, Kia, has pledged to begin small-scale production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles within the next three years.
According to a plan unveiled to journalists in Seoul, Kia, along with its parent company Hyundai, will roll out around 1,000 zero-emission fuel cell vehicles in 2012, with the longer term aim of making the vehicles commercially viable by 2015, at which point production will ramp up to 10,000 units per year.
Early problems such as cold starting that’s caused by water freezing in the fuel stack have been solved by Hyundai Kia engineers that have been working on the technology since 2000 at its Mabuk-ri R&D facility in Korea. Earlier this year Kia successfully completed front, side and rear-crash safety tests with fuel cell versions of the Sportage and Borrego.
But the greatest challenge remains cost, as Byung Ki-Ahn, general manager of the Mabuk-ri site, notes: “Even if we were producing 50,000 fuel cell cars a year they would currently have to cost US$50,000 each.” According to Ki-Ahn, it’s for that reason why Kia’s fuel cell cars will first be leased rather than sold. “On a scale of one to ten when it comes to development, I’d say we’re at stages six or seven,” added Ki-Ahn.

26 August 2009


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