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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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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? 


Volvo teams up with Semcon

Right: In total, six people with different specialist skills from powertrain, electronics, project management and calculation have been involved in the work

Semcon has announced that over the past 12 months it has been working with Volvo engineers to develop three demo plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Semcon engineers have been working on converting a vehicle with a conventional combustion engine to a plug-in by adapting and installing an electric motor and battery, constructing an adapted transmission and designing and constructing the wiring, logger and control units. Three prototype cars are being produced so that in the third quarter of this year all information will be gathered about what requirements and demands drivers will place on this new technology, what the driving experience is like and how people will charge their cars. 

In total, six people with different specialist skills from powertrain, electronics, project management and calculation have been involved in the work. 
“In an independent and resource-effective way, Semcon has designed the technical solutions demanded by the project and the cars have consequently been built at Volvo’s Concept plant in cooperation with Semcon,” said Anders Björnberg, who is responsible for the plug-in project at Volvo Cars.

26 August 2009


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