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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.


Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor

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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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ELR signals Cadillac’s EV intent

Cadillac has showcased its first production application of extended range electric vehicle technology.

Debuting at the North American International Auto Show, the ELR is seen by many as a key model that will reposition the GM brand towards the greener end of the automotive spectrum, with the stunning two-door coupe making using of the same Voltec powertrain technology that has made the Volt/Ampera the success it is today.

Speaking to media at Cobo Hall, Bob Ferguson, Cadillac global vice president, said: “ELR is an unprecedented combination of luxury, advanced engineering and progressive design in a coupe that is both sporty and environmentally friendly. This is a pivotal moment in Cadillac’s history, as we continue our product-driven expansion.”

The ELR is powered by GM’s EREV technology, combining pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4-liter gasoline-powered electric generator capable of 209hp of total system power. The EREV propulsion system calibrated for the ELR offers 400Nm of torque – around 12% more than the 3.6-liter V6 in the SRX.

Like the Volt and Ampera models, the ELR’s battery is a T-shaped, 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack, located along the centerline of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels for optimal weight distribution. The 1.6m long, 198kg pack supplies energy to an advanced electric drive unit capable of 400Nm of instant torque to propel the vehicle.

Charging the ELR’s battery can be done with a 230V electrical outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. The vehicle can be completely recharged in about 4.5 hours, says GM, using the 240V charging station, depending on the outside temperature. Once the vehicle is plugged in, owners can schedule either immediate or delayed charges, even coordinating charging according to departure time or when electricity rates are lower.

The ELR’s battery is covered by an eight-year/160,000-kilometer warranty.

ELR production begins in the USA in late 2013 with sales starting in early 2014 in North America and expanding to global markets including China and Europe.

17 January 2013


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