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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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GM outlines progress on environmental priorities

General Motors says it has reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile, detailing product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012 Sustainability Report.
The report covers energy, emissions, waste reduction and other areas that drive long-term sustainability.
“Sustainability is not only a key part of how GM is shifting from a good to great company, it is about the leadership and innovation that can transform the auto industry,” said GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. “Our long-term approach to sustainability enables us to increase efficiency and re-imagine personal mobility to best meet customer needs and lifestyles.”
GM says it has developed the following commitments to meet customer needs for efficient vehicles and significantly reduce the environmental impact of its products: putting 500,000 vehicles on the road in the US with some form of electrification by 2017; doubling the models that achieve 40mpg highway or better by 2017; and reducing average US fleet CO2 emissions 15% by 2016 and Opel/Vauxhall fleet CO2 emissions 27% by 2020.
GM’s energy management and renewable energy leadership helped reduce carbon intensity by 5.3% since 2010, making progress toward its 20% reduction commitment by 2020. In 2012, GM reduced 173,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions throughout its operations – equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 4.4 million newly planted trees in the first decade of growth.
The company claims to currently use more than 60 megawatts of solar, landfill gas and biomass energy at its facilities, about halfway to its 125 megawatt renewable energy goal. GM says it has also reduced the amount of energy required to build one vehicle by 7% and avoided US$66 million in energy costs through conservation initiatives since 2010.
According to GM, its landfill-free program continues to grow around the world and produce bottom-line benefits, with an industry-leading 105 facilities that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations. By recycling and reusing 90% of its manufacturing waste worldwide, the company is said to generate about US$1 billion in revenue annually. GM says it has reduced total waste of 25kg per vehicle since 2010.

12 July 2013


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