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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? 


Toyota expands HEV and EV production in Canada

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada has announced it will invest more than US$100m to increase Lexus RX production at its Cambridge, Ontario facility.

Overall Lexus RX capacity will increase by 30,000 vehicles to 104,000 units, including 15,000 RX450h vehicles, the hybrid electric version of the popular Lexus SUV. The investment will take Toyota's annual production capacity in Ontario to 500,000 units.

This is the second major investment announcement for Toyota's Canadian manufacturing operation this year. In March, TMMC announced an investment of US$80 million in its Woodstock plant. Toyota is targeting early 2014 for expanded Lexus production.

In August 2011, TMMC announced plans to start assembling electric versions of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle in Woodstock under a partnership with California-based Tesla Motor - the first electric vehicle built in Canada.

The Province of Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Canada, supported the production of the RAV4 EV through their investment in Toyota's Project Green Light. The total investment among all partners could reach US$545 million, with Ontario and the Government of Canada each providing US$70.8 million towards Project Green Light.

Since 2004, Ontario has produced more vehicles than any other state or province in North America thanks to its dedicated workers, state of the art technology and innovation. The province's auto industry contributes about US$20 billion to the economy annually.

2 August 2012


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