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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


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


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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Cooper and Ricardo unveil new engine family

Ricardo and Cooper Corporation of India have further underscored their long-standing collaboration with the launch of a new range of engines for both automotive and off-highway applications.

The new in-line four and six-cylinder engines have been designed to provide power ranges of 100-125kW and 156-200kW and are targeted at both the Indian and international markets. In addition to powering the latest automotive products, the new engines are targeted at a wide range of off-highway and industrial applications varying from large fork-lift trucks, to generator sets and construction equipment including earth movers.

A completely new design, the engines incorporate a range of advanced technologies that make them highly fuel-efficient, robust and durable, say the partners. The automotive engines are equipped with common-rail fuel injection technology that meets Bharat Stage IV emissions levels, while the off-highway powertrains, which uses a mechanical fuel system, will be capable of achieving the CPCB II emissions norms that are applicable from 2013.

Building on a full range of engines delivered from the successful collaboration with Ricardo, the new engine family now includes two, three, four and six-cylinder variants following the launch of the first two-cylinder model in 2010.



25 January 2012


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