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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? 


Honda showcases one-motor hybrid system

Honda has pioneered a new lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system for small vehicles.

The technology, which is called Sports Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, is the latest addition to Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series of new generation powertrain technology. 

The Japanese car maker says that the new system will offer high levels of fuel economy and acceleration that is more powerful than that of existing models to ensure driver enjoyment and performance is not sacrificed. 

The new drive unit combines a newly developed in-line four-cylinder 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with a seven-speed DCT2 system. The built-in high-output motor and lithium-ion battery improve efficiency by more than 30% compared to a conventional one-motor hybrid system, says Honda.

The combination of the one-motor hybrid system and the engine offers sporty driving during acceleration and high-speed cruising by using the clutches to engage the engine. The company says that highly efficient EV driving is utilized during start up and low- to medium-speed cruising by using the clutches to disengage the engine.

The system contributes to the improvement of fuel economy by increasing energy regeneration using the clutches to disengage the engine during deceleration.
Together with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive for mid-sized vehicles and the Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive system destined for the upcoming NSX, the newly developed Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive will join the line up of three Honda sports hybrid systems that can accommodate different vehicle sizes and characteristics. 


16 November 2012


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