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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? 


PSA creates Chinese joint venture

PSA Peugeot Citroen and China South Industries Group – Changan’s main shareholder – have agreed to create a joint venture company that will focus efforts on light commercial vehicle, passenger car and new powertrain development in China.

Xu Bin, president of China South Industries Group, and Philippe Varin, chairman of the PSA Peugeot Citroën managing board, signed the deal to form the 50/50 JV.

Pooling the expertise of two industry leaders, the joint venture will produce and market light commercial vehicles and passenger car line-ups in China.The partners will initially focus on introducing the Citroën DS line in China and launching a dedicated new brand for the venture. The contract also allows for the joint venture to market, at a later date, further vehicles under the partners’ other brands, Peugeot and Changan.

Based in Shenzhen, in Guangdong Province, the joint venture will have initial annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines. The new powertrains will meet the highest environmental standards, says PSA. The factory will operate two production lines, through the renovation of an existing line and the building of a new line. Each will produce a specific range of vehicles. The joint venture will also have an R&D ceneter.

The new company will be capitalised at RMB 4 billion, to be shared equally by the two partners ,and backed by an initial investment of RMB 8.4 billion. The first vehicle is scheduled to be launched in second-half 2012.

2 September 2010


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