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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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New VW Golf BlueMotion offers improved fuel economy and emissions

The new Golf BlueMotion offers fuel economy of 88.3mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of just 85g/km, which is 15% better than that of the previous-generation model, which emitted 99g/km (now the emissions of a standard Golf 1.6-liter TDI).
With its 50-liter fuel tank and 88.3mpg fuel consumption, the new Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 1,561km. Assuming an average annual driving distance of under 16,000km, most drivers will only have to refuel 10 times a year.
The reduction in the car’s combined fuel consumption has been achieved through lightweight design (including 26kg less weight in the running gear and 37kg less in the body), engine-related modifications and a collection of other measures. These include super low rolling resistance tires with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (six-speed manual gearbox), the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems that are standard in all new Golfs, plus specific aerodynamic modifications.
At the heart of the new Golf BlueMotion is a 1.6-liter 110ps common rail TDI from the new EA288 engine series (producing 5ps more power than in non-BlueMotion models). The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of 250Nm from just 1,500rpm up to 3,000rpm, and delivers a top speed of 200km/h. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is timed at 10.5 seconds.
Various measures such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has also implemented an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter. 

8 May 2013


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