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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.

Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month 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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PSA reveals advanced new powertrain technologies

PSA Peugeot Citroen has unveiled a raft of new powertrain engineering measures that the French car maker hopes will further reduce its average CO2 emissions output in the near term.

Speaking to press at a technical event at PSA’s R&D center in Vélizy, France, Guillaume Faury, executive vice president for research and development for the group, said: “The process by which automobiles evolve is advancing very quickly in what is a profoundly changing environment.

“In 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the European leader in fuel-efficient cars, with the market’s lowest CO2 emissions. We are stepping up our innovation here at PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the major challenges of tomorrow’s mobility.”

At the event, the French car maker showcased several powertrain innovations, including the world-premiere presentation of a new petrol and compressed air full-hybrid solution, called Hybrid Air, which Faury says represents a key step towards the 2l/100km car by 2020.

Other cutting-edge powertrain solutions available as from 2013 on Peugeot and Citroën brand vehicles to meet emerging expectations were also presented at the event, including EMP2, the group’s newest global modular platform that provides effective solutions in terms of modularity, equipment and carbon reduction.

A new SCR design was also unveiled that further eliminates diesel NOx emissions. PSA confirmed that later this year, it will introduce SCR to further enhance diesel engine efficiency and lower NOx emissions to the level of petrol engines. According to Faury, the new SCR technology will be positioned upstream from the DPF with additive, meaning that it will be possible to eliminate both NOx and reduce fuel consumption by 2 to 4% from Euro 5 levels.

For petrol engines, a new and dedicated EGR system has been created that promises to improve overall petrol engine efficiency and deliver significant fuel savings.

On the electric vehicle powertrain front, the French car maker showcased the Hydole, a plug-in electric hybrid demonstrator that overcomes range anxiety and the VelV, a light city electric vehicle that’s been designed to meet the needs of urban driving with a record power consumption level of just 85 Wh/km traveled.

More information about all of these PSA powertrain innovations will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

25 January 2013


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