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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.


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Think achieves production landmark

Think has announced the production of the 2,500th unit of the City pure electric vehicle, which the company’s CEO, Barry Engle, says “ further solidifies the Thin City as the best-selling electric car in the world today”.

The 2,500th City came off the assembly line today at Oslo-based Think’s production facility in Europe, where the vehicle has been fully highway safety certified since 1999. Think engineers estimate that the City has accumulated 35 million zero-emissions road miles to date. The company has begun preparations to build the sturdy and reliable two-seat commuter at a plant in the American heartland in Elkhart, Indiana and plans to launch fleet and retail sales in December.

“Bringing this well-established electric nameplate to America for the first time is a landmark event in Think’s long history,” added Engle. “As electric transportation goes mainstream, the USA stands to become the largest electric car market in the world. We expect the tried-and-tested City to be among the most visible EVs on America’s streets and highways in the very near future.”

The City can maintain speeds of 70mph and travel up to 100 miles on a single charge. The Think City model is currently in its second production version. A third version is scheduled to be produced in the USA and come on the market in late 2012. European production of the City takes place in Finland at the renowned contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive, which also assembles the Cayman model for Porsche AG.

 

19 October 2010


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