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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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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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Ford confirms third wind turbine at Dagenham

Ford Dagenham is installing a larger, more powerful third wind turbine, adding to the two turbines already on site. This new addition will double the annual CO2 saving from 2,500 to 5,000 tons per year.

The turbines on the Ford Dagenham estate convert wind energy into electricity to power production in the Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC). Increased output at the DDC required the installation of a third turbine to remain 100% wind powered by wind-generated electricity.

Currently, the two turbines generate 5.92 million units of electricity per year – the equivalent of powering 1,794 homes. With the addition of the third turbine, the amount of electricity generated reaches 11.4 million units per year – enough to power twice the number of homes. Groundwork and foundation construction began in May of this year to enable the third turbine to be up and running by the end of the summer.

Chris Wollacott, Ford’s DCC line manager, said: "The Dagenham Diesel Centre assembles Ford's greenest engines, which return over 76mpg. Rising demand has prompted this additional turbine to maintain the plant's own green energy source."

Third wind turbine data
Rotor diameter 82m
Hub height 79m
Capacity 2.3MW
Green electricity per year 5.58 million units
Homes powered (equiv) 1692
Tonnes of CO2 saved (p.a) 2401
Maximum height of 120m equivalent to a 36-storey building

21 July 2011


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