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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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Lamborghini opens R&D lab

Lamborghini has opened a new, state-of-the-art development lab in Washington, USA, which will focus on the further development of advanced, new materials. The Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL) marks the Italian car maker’s commitment to investing in the future of carbon fiber technologies, with Lamborghini partnering up with the University of Washington and Boeing.
ACSL is thought to represent a major financial investment for Lamborghini, with the goal being to develop future vehicles with lighter, stronger and more versatile materials. “Lamborghini remains committed to investing in its future, and advancing carbon fiber composite technologies is the key to achieving many our goals,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “As Lamborghini has long been influenced by aerospace technology, the University of Washington’s collaboration with The Boeing Company and the Federal Aviation Administration is the complementary fit to furthering our research and development programs that will continue to set the benchmark in carbon fiber technology.”

20 October 2009


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