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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? 


Kia reveals Ray of light

Kia Motors has unveiled an innovative plug-in hybrid concept that boasts several, state-of-the-art emissions reduction technologies.

Codenamed Ray and based on the Forte platform, the four-seat compact saloon has been designed with lightweight and recycled materials – all of which helps to deliver a driving range of nearly 750 miles. Ray also features hexagonal solar cells embedded in the glass roof panel to power such subsystems as climate control. Other technologies include touch-screen controls, drive-by-wire steering, cool-glazing solar glass and a lithium-polymer battery.

Kia’s latest concept is powered by an all-aluminum, 1.4-liter 153bhp GDI engine that’s mated to a permanently-engaged fixed ratio CVT, which is used in combination with a 78kw electric motor. Depending on driving conditions, power is sent to the front wheels from the petrol engine, the electric motor, or both together.

Concept Ray is equipped with an engine-power saving alternator management system and a toggle gearshift indicator to encourage economical driving.

Length 4,400 mm
Width 1,850 mm
Height 1,360 mm
Wheelbase 2,700 mm
Top Speed 109 mph
Fuel Economy
(Pure HEV Mode) 77.6 mpg
Fuel Economy
(Plug-in HEV Mode) 202.3 mpg

12 February 2010


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