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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.

Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month 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.

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Bentley embraces bio power

Luxury car maker, Bentley, has announced that its FlexFuel technology – pioneered on the Supersports Coupe last year – has been extended across the company’s complete 2011 Continental range. Bentley’s acclaimed W12 6-liter power unit now has the technology to run on petrol, E85 bioethanol or any mix of the two fuels – all from a single tank.
The move from Bentley comes two years on after the company’s CEO, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, revealed plans to cut the car maker’s overall CO2 emissions footprint by 15% by 2012. Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Paefgen added: “When we launched our environmental strategy, it was a clear pledge to reduce the impact of our cars on the environment. This latest development is proof of our commitments and is a significant step towards our 2012 targets.”
In addition to the Flexfuel technology, the 6.75-liter V8 engine for the upcoming Mulsanne has been completely re-engineered to deliver a 15% reduction CO2 emissions as well as improved power and torque through the introduction of two new control systems, cam phasing and cylinder deactivation – a first for the ultra-luxury sector.

4 March 2010


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