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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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Volkswagen to debut all-new electric cars at Frankfurt

In a double world premiere, Volkswagen will present two new electric cars at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt next month: the e-up! and e-Golf.
Both cars offer zero emissions on the road and high levels of energy efficiency with the e-up! consuming a class-leading 11.7kWh of electricity per 100km and the e-Golf, positioned two classes higher, attaining a value of 12.7kWh/100km. Given an electricity price of €0.258 per kWh (Germany, as of 31st July 2013), driving 100km with the e-up! will cost €3.02, and around €3.30 with the e-Golf.
The e-Golf is driven by an 115ps electric motor that produces its maximum drive torque of 270Nm as soon as it starts off. As a result, the front-wheel drive e-Golf reaches 100km/h in 10.4 seconds. On a motorway, the speed of the five-seater is electronically limited to 140km/h. Meanwhile, the four-seat e-up!’s electric motor produces 82ps and transmits 210Nm of torque to the driven front axle from a standstill. It completes the sprint to 100km/h in 12.4 seconds and has a top speed of 130km/h.
The e-up! can drive 160km on one battery charge (18.7kWh), while the e-Golf with its larger battery (24.2kWh) has a range of 190km. In both models, two driving modes (Eco, Eco+) and four regenerative braking modes (D1, D2, D3 and B) help to extend maximum ranges. The fastest CCS charging stations (direct current) shorten the time needed to charge the battery of an e-up! or an e-Golf to 80% capacity to around half an hour.
The e-motors, gearboxes and lithium-ion batteries of the e-up! and e-Golf have been developed in-house, and are manufactured in large Volkswagen component plants in Germany with the same high-volume production systems as their counterparts with combustion engines.

29 August 2013


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