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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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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? 


Kistler opens new technical center

Kistler has opened a new 20,000 sq ft technical center in Michigan, USA. The facility will support the KT North America portfolio of on-board, off-board and in-dummy crash test data acquisition systems and software and Corrsys-Datron vehicle dynamics testing technologies. The plant is equipped with three external hybrid electric vehicle charging stations, a purpose-built customer training theater, a demonstration room of Kistler product technologies and in-house video conferencing facilities. There are also fully secured and equipped garage work bay areas, designed to support new vehicle product testing, process improvement and automotive R&D activities.

The area is complete with a 10,000 lb hoist and exhaust system setup, with capability for vehicles to be driven directly into the facility from a private back entrance. Available onsite and local field-testing capabilities including system
setup and support, customer vehicle installation, and product rental services for engine combustion analysis, using the Kistler KiBox ToGo, wheel force measurements, via the Kistler RoaDyn wheel force transducer assembly and vehicle dynamics testing, via the Corrsys-Datron RV-4. In addition, an onsite electronics repair and evaluation area actively supports customer product field verification testing, process improvement evaluations and the development of specific hardware and software for the assembly and testing of customer product solutions.

31 May 2012


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