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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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Fiat selects battery supplier

SB LiMotive, the joint venture of Samsung SDI and Bosch, has been awarded the business to supply lithium-ion battery packs for the Fiat 500EV, which will be launched in the USA in 2012.

Jointly developed with Chrysler, the Fiat 500EV has a setup that has three main systems: a high power electric powertrain module; an advanced lithium-ion battery; and an EV control unit to manage power flows. All powertrain engineering and vehicle development will take place at Chrysler Group headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

According to Dr Joachim Fetzer, executive vice president of SB LiMotive, “Chrysler indicated that SB LiMotive earned this business because we can supply high-quality lithium-ion battery packs in the quantities needed, on-time to the market. Additionally, SB LiMotive has the technical expertise Chrysler will require as it launches this important program.

“Our established global footprint was a further strong point in our favor. We look forward to partnering with Chrysler in bringing this exciting new vehicle to market.”
The battery packs are developed in Orion, Michigan while the battery cells will be produced in Korea. The packs as a whole will be assembled in Springboro, Ohio.

 

2 December 2010


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