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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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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First European-built Ford Focus Electric rolls off the line

Ford has begun a new chapter in its vehicle manufacturing history with the start of production of the all-new Ford Focus Electric – the first full-electric vehicle to be built by Ford in Europe.
The zero-emission Focus Electric is spearheading Ford’s line-up of electrified and highly fuel-efficient vehicles, and will be joined in Europe by the Ford C Max Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle next year, followed by the all-new Ford Mondeo Hybrid soon after.
Developed as a “One Ford” global vehicle, the Focus Electric features an advanced electric motor and lithium-ion battery powertrain that produces 145ps and achieves a top speed of 84mph. Each vehicle is equipped with a 6.6kW fully integrated onboard charger that can achieve a driving range of around 96.5km with 2-3 hours charging from a 32A power supply. A full charge of the Focus Electric battery in 3-4 hours will deliver a 160km range.
The Focus Electric’s sophisticated powertrain uses regenerative braking to capture up to 95% of kinetic energy normally lost during the braking process, while the Brake Coach feature encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery.
Barb Samardzich, Ford of Europe’ product development vice president, said: “The Focus Electric marks the dawn of an exciting new age of full-electric Ford passenger vehicles in Europe, and demonstrates the success of the One Ford strategy in making this sophisticated vehicle available to our European customers.”
The Ford Focus Electric also features a new user interface called SmartGauge that calculates and displays driving range based on remaining energy; the driver’s unique braking and acceleration inputs; and the use of accessories such as climate control and audio systems.
Ford has integrated Focus Electric production directly into the established Ford Focus production line at Saarlouis, Germany, with units reaching customers from July this year.

19 June 2013


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