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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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Powertrain community prepares for the International Engine of the Year Awards

With the first round of voting set to take place at the end of the month, the race to be crowned the International Engine of the Year is heating-up, with at least 10 powertrain designs being considered as early, leading contenders by some members of the jury.

Last year’s overall winner – Fiat’s two-cylinder TwinAir – will have to pull out all the stops if it’s going to retain its title this year. Organized by Engine Technology International Magazine, all the winners will be announced the International Engine of the Year Awards ceremony, which takes place at Engine Expo at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany, on June 13.

In the running this year is a host of fuel-efficient electric powertrains, such as GM with the Volt/Amerpa range-extender, PSA Peugeot Citroen with the Hydrid4 diesel hybrid, and Nissan with the all-electric Leaf. From the world of IC engine offerings, small three-cylinder and frugal four-cylinder designs have got many talking, including Ford’s 1-liter Ecoboost, Hyundai’s Kappa engine, and Volkswagen’s TSI TwinCharger, which won the overall award twice and narrowly finished second last year.

The trend in recent years has been for downsized engines to take the top award, but 2012 promises to also be the year when large-displacement performance engines fight back. Many jurors have been impressed with the M8e8T heart that powers the McLaren MP4-12C, but also keen on taking a gong or two will be Mercedes-AMG with its biturbo 5.5-liter powerhouse and BMW M’s first-ever turbocharged engine, the S63.

There’s also speculation that this year could be the first time that a diesel takes the top award thanks to new cutting-edge designs. A tri-turbo diesel from BMW M has got many jurors already excited, while Audi’s most potent diesel yet, a biturbo 3-liter offering, is also one to watch.

This year’s International Engine of the Year Award jury will feature 78 of the world’s most respected motoring journalists from 36 countries. New members to this year’s panel include Renuka Kirpalani, who edits the Autocar Show on Bloomberg TV India, and Tarcisio Dias de Araujo, who runs a highly popular automotive Brazilian website.

20 March 2012


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