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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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BMW and Toyota sign powertrain collaboration deal

BMW and Toyota have announced at the Tokyo Motor Show that they are to work together to further research next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. The mid-to-long-term collaboration is part of a memorandum of understanding that executives from both organizations signed following successful talks. The partnership will also see BMW supply Toyota’s European operations with 1.6-liter and 2-liter diesel engines in 2014, which will be installed in certain Toyota-produced vehicles planned for sale in the European market.

The BMW/Toyota collaboration is the latest in a growing number of partnerships for both car makers. Earlier this year, the Japanese OEM confirmed it is going to work with Ford in the USA to joint develop hybrid powertrains specifically for pick-up trucks. Meanwhile, in the last 12 months BMW has signed deals that will see it supply engines to both Saab and Fisker Automotive.

Marking the announcement at Tokyo, Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, said: “Toyota is the leading provider of environment-friendly series technology in the volume segment and the BMW Group is the most innovative and sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles. We are now joining forces to further develop environment-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments. Supplying Toyota with our fuel efficient and dynamic diesel engines represents another important step in the planned expansion of our sales activities for engines and powertrain systems.”

Representing Toyota, president Akio Toyoda added: “It is a great joy and a thrill to enter into this mid-to-long-term collaborative relationship with BMW, a company with its own culture and history from its many years of car manufacturing in Europe, and a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to furthering the development of the auto industry and society, both companies will bring their wide-ranging knowledge - starting with that concerning environmental technologies - to the table and make ever-better cars.”

 

2 December 2011


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