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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.


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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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Fuel cell technology boosted by Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai agreement

Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai have all signed a Memorandum of Understanding with organizations from the Nordic Countries to support the market introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen refueling infrastructure between 2014 and 2017.

The collaboration follows last month's announcement by Honda's CEO, Takanobu Ito, of the company's development of an all-new fuel cell electric vehicle for Japan, the USA and Europe, to be launched from 2015, which will showcase further technological advancements and significant cost reductions.

The agreement also comes off the back of a month-long and high profile Europe Hydrogen Vehicle Road Tour, organized by H2 Moves Scandanavia, which moved across the UK last week with an event at the country’s first public-access hydrogen refueling station based at Honda’s plant in Swindon.



Honda has been engaged in fuel cell R&D since the mid 1980s and has been at the forefront of the industry in both R&D and sales of the technology. The MoU signed this week seeks to generate further dialogue with public and private stakeholders in Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark on accelerating the market introduction of FCEVs and follows an agreement signed by car manufacturers in Europe in 2009, which identified 2015 as a potential point for market introduction in regions where hydrogen refueling is available.



Commenting on Honda's involvement in this project, Ken Kier, executive vice president, Honda Motor Europe said, "In 2002 Honda became the world's first carmaker to put a fuel cell car on the road with regular customers, delivering the Honda FCX Clarity to fleet users in the USA and Japan. We want to continue to lead the way for fuel cell technology across the world including Europe. This MoU signifies that commitment."


The MoU was signed in the presence of the Danish Minister for Transport and the Director of the International Energy Agency, directorate of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the 3GF conference in Copenhagen.

 

11 October 2012


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