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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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Prius takes center stage at SEMA

The world’s most popular hybrid passenger car, the Toyota Prius, stole the limelight at this year’s SEMA show – the USA’s number one trade event for the specialist auto parts industry.

The street-mean interpretation of the Prius C&A Custom Concept for SEMA was commissioned by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan as part of the company’s celebrations to mark a decade of Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

Apart from the doors, the body, skirts, spoilers and bumpers are made from carbon fiber. The hybrid rides on 18-inch forged alloy wheels and the Tien suspension drops the ride height by four inches at the front, and six at the rear. Inside, the heavily modified Prius is fitted out with Recaro sports seats and Alcantara upholstery and trim. 

Sitting alongside the Prius C&A Custom Concept at SEMA were beefed-up race and rally versions of the Yaris and Urban Cruiser.

The Yaris GT-S Club Racer is the real deal, a racecar created by SportsCar Magazine that proved a double class winner in this year’s SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) competition. Based on a road-going five-door model, the car was stripped out and fitted with a carbon fiber bonnet and hatch in order to meet the weight regulations. Power from the 1.5-liter VVT-i engine was increased up from 106 to 145bhp with the addition of performance parts. Handling was sharpened with a limited slip diff, slick tires and Jongbloed Racing wheels. The GT-S name harks back to the celebrated Celica GT-S competition cars of the 1980s, while the graphics pay homage to Dan Gurney’s All American Racing team that fielded the all-conquering IMSA GTP Eagle.


4 November 2010


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