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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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Toyota confirms commercial hydrogen plans

Having long been a leader in developing new sustainable transportation technologies for the automotive industry, Toyota has confirmed it plans to push ahead with commercial production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Speaking to the press, Didier Leroy, CEO of Toyota Motor Europe said: “In our quest for sustainable mobility Toyota is investing in a range of environmentally friendly technologies to address key issues such as energy supply and transport emissions. Alongside hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric and pure electric vehicles, we believe that fuel cell vehicles will play an important role in realizing a low carbon society.

“We plan to commercialize fuel cell vehicles in 2015 and to achieve this goal a hydrogen charging infrastructure will be required. That is why we welcome the establishment of the UK H2 Mobility Group to confirm the potential for hydrogen as a low carbon fuel in the UK.”

Toyota has been researching fuel cell technology and hydrogen storage for almost 20 years and in 2002 its first generation of fuel cell vehicles underwent field tests in Japan and the USA. Most recently it revealed its FCV-R Concept, a vision for a practical sedan-type fuel cell vehicle that is scheduled for launch in 2015.

18 January 2012


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