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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? 


Audi joins German EV project

In an effort to push forward with the concept of electromobility, Audi has teamed up with the German Ministry for Education and Research to create a project that focuses on EV development. “We are trying to find a concept that requires no compromises,” says Michael Dick, member of the board of management at Audi AG. “Electromobility means more to us than just electrifying conventional cars. Instead, we are dedicated to a holistic approach to all aspects of this topic.”
Partly funded by the German federal government, project e-performance also features AEV, Robert Bosch and several universities, including Munich, Dresden and Ilmenau. The partners will focus on all aspects of EV development, but close attention will go towards improving the battery. “By its very nature as the heart of the electric car, the battery is the focal point of the studies, which covers such topics as thermal management, capacity, package, weight, safety, service life and integration into the vehicle’s heat and energy flows,” explains Dr Michael Korte, who heads the project. “But we are not working on cell chemistry – we are relying on our strategic partners for that. The battery management software will be our know-how.”
The German Ministry for Education and Research, which is providing eight figure funding for the three-year project, has set high standards for the partners: There are nine goals to be met, ranging from energy storage through to driving dynamics. In the initial phases, the partners will make use of the state-of-the-art simulation tools before progressing onto construction of sub-modules and test platforms to produce a real-world, driveable car.

20 October 2009


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