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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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Volt technology to be used in other vehicles

The range extender technology from the Chevrolet Volt will feature in an MPV within the next few years, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told media at the Detroit Motor Show. 

Akerson also said he expects Volt production to exceed 25,000 units this year, up from an original estimate of 10,000. He said he had been "pleased and surprised" by initial demand for the Volt which comes to Europe as the Opel Ampera later this year and as the Vauxhall Ampera early in 2012.

Akerson added that he expects at least 10 per cent of GM cars and trucks to be hybrids, plug-in hybrids or electrics within 10 to 15 years.

 

18 January 2011


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