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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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Peugeot confirms major Indian investment

Peugeot has continued with its global growth expansion program after the French car maker unveiled plans to construct an engine and transmissions manufacturing facility in India.

Under the agreement framework with the State of Gujarat, Peugeot will invest Euro 650 million on a 600-acre site in the heart of the rapidly developing Sanand automotive cluster in Western India. The car maker plans to build a cutting edge vehicle manufacturing facility integrating body, paint and assembly operations with an initial capacity of 170,000 vehicles per year with options for further expansion. In addition, an engine and gearbox plant using the latest and most advanced powertrain technologies will help constitute a fully fledged modern industrial automotive facility. This investment will directly add up to 5,000 new jobs to the automobile hub and also create further economic and employment opportunities through an extensive supplier park adjacent to the site to provide the company with necessary parts and services. The first locally produced Peugeot car is expected in 2014.

During the signature ceremony, Philippe Varin, PSA chairman, said: “We are proud to announce this new milestone in Peugeot’s continued global expansion and to have chosen to grow our Indian roots in the State of Gujarat. We view India as one of the most important and dynamic markets in the world, with forecasts of it becoming the third largest automotive market by 2020. Gujarat offers a proactive business friendly environment, excellent infrastructure and is geographically well-positioned to cater to passenger car markets across India.”

5 September 2011


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