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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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GM and SAIC agree powertrain JV

General Motors and SAIC, one of China’s leading car makers, have confirmed plans to develop an advanced new transmission as well as a new family of small-displacement gasoline engines. “The co-development of these new engines and transmissions builds on a strong history of innovation and collaboration between GM and SAIC Motor,” said GM vice chairman of global product operations, Tom Stephens. “Together, we will continue to quickly provide our customers leading-edge technologies that improve vehicle fuel efficiency and deliver robust performance.”
The new range of small gasoline engine, which will be offered in displacements from 1-liter to 1.5-liters, will feature a compact, lightweight design combining direct injection and turbocharging.
At the same time, the two partners will also work on a new front-wheel-drive transmission that will incorporate the latest innovations for improving fuel economy and performance. The transmission alone will provide at least a 10% improvement in fuel economy over today’s conventional six-speed automatic transmissions. The co-developed transmission will feature dry, dual-clutch technology and will provide shift comfort equal to a conventional fully automatic transmission, with superior quality, while reducing CO2 emissions.

20 August 2010


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