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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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A6 to be launched with eco-friendly engines

The new Audi A6 will feature several updated and enhanced powertrains when launched in early 2011.

The sedan, which measures 4.92 meters in length, 1.87 meters wide and 1.46 meters high, will be available with a choice of four efficient engines at launch – one petrol and three diesel, teamed with manual, multitronic CVT and S tronic transmissions.

The most eco-friendly model in the range will be the A6 2.0 TDI (177bhp) manual, which emits 129g/km of CO2 and has a fuel consumption rating of 57.7mpg on combined. The frugal 2-liter diesel will ensure the A6 can hit 142mph, while the 0-62mph sprint takes 8.7 seconds.

Audi says that a hybrid A6 – the carmaker’s second hybrid offering following the Q7 – will be launched later in 2011. The hybrid A6 will combine a 2-liter TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor that will be capable of zero emission urban driving and up to 45.6mpg, yet will also have 245bhp for performance.

The 2.0-litre TDI 177bhp will be joined from launch with a 3-liter TDI 204bhp, 3.-liter TDI 245bhp and 3-liter TFSI 300bhp units, all of which make use of direct injection technology for the leanest possible fuel burn rate, and work in conjunction with stop/start, energy recovery and Audi’s innovative thermal management concept. Audi says that such measures means that fuel economy has improved by up to 19% in the A6 compared to the previous model. 




9 December 2010


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