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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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Collaboration between Daimler and Renault-Nissan advances

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG have given an update on their collaboration and said that their partnership is advancing globally quickly.
The joint production of Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder gasoline engines in Decherd, Tennessee, USA, was cited as an example of how the partners profit from the cooperation. 18 months after the ground-breaking in May 2012, the factory building for the joint production of Mercedes-Benz four-cylinder gasoline engines is now complete. Production machinery is now being installed and the start of production is planned for mid-2014. The engines produced in Decherd will then be used in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which is produced at the Daimler plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, and in new Infiniti products.
Joint development work is also proceeding on schedule for a new family of shared three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. According to the alliance, the engines will make use of the latest technology and will have significantly improved fuel consumption.
Another example cited by the three companies as a successful cooperation on engine development is the new Infiniti Q50. The Q50 is the first Infiniti to have a powertrain comprising a diesel engine and automatic transmission from the cooperation with Daimler.
The first vehicles resulting from the collaboration, including the Mercedes-Benz Citan van, are already on the road. In addition, Infiniti will offer a vehicle using components from Daimler’s compact car architecture starting 2015. The components will be used in a brand specific way. The Q30 concept car was first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Production of the Smart/Twingo project will also begin soon, with the Smart two-seater being manufactured at the Smart plant in Hambach, France, while the four-seater smart and Renault Twingo successor model will be produced at the Renault plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia. Market launch of the model versions is planned for the second half of 2014. The new generations of the Smart and the Renault Twingo are being developed on the basis of a shared architecture, but will remain independent products. A show car of the new Smart four-seater (Smart Fourjoy) was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

18 September 2013


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