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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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Honda’s Fit EV takes center stage at the LA Auto Show

Honda has unveiled the all-new 2013 Fit EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and then announced plans to begin leasing the battery electric commuter vehicle in the USA by the second quarter of next year.

The Fit EV is based on the IC-engined Fit model (named Jazz in Europe) and is a part of the company’s diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles that includes petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell-electric and natural gas-powered models. American Honda will begin leasing the Fit EV to customers in select California and Oregon markets next summer, and will expand to six East Coast markets in early 2013. The introduction of the Fit EV to Europe has yet to be confirmed.

The Fit EV has been designed to meet the needs of an average urban commuter, offering an estimated driving range of 123-miles on a single charge using US EPA city cycle test methods. Honda anticipates a combined city/highway EV range of 76 miles on the new Fuel Economy rating.

A 20kWh lithium-ion battery and a 92-kilowatt coaxial electric motor will power the Fit EV. The high-density electric motor, derived from the motor used in the FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, delivers efficiency and power while remaining quiet at high speeds. Driving range of the Fit EV can be maximized by using several innovative features, including a three-mode electric drive system that’s been adapted from the CR-Z Sport Hybrid. The system allows the driver to select between Econ, Normal and Sport to instantly change the driving experience to maximize efficiency or improve acceleration. While in Econ mode, practical driving range can increase by as much as 17%, says Honda, compared to driving in Normal mode. Additional energy-saving features include a highly efficient electric air conditioning system and a new regenerative braking system. 


 

17 November 2011


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