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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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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 

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Nissan reveals BladeGlider EV prototype details

Nissan has announced plans to introduce its BladeGlider concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Designed as an exploratory prototype to preview an upcoming production model, the BladeGlider is a stylish roadster with a delta wing shape that, according to the OEM, promises to "reduce drag while generating downforce to enhance maneuverability and road-hugging performance."
Developed as a clean-sheet vehicle, the BladeGlider’s triangular design is reportedly rooted in two aerial images: a glider and a high-performance “swept wing” aircraft. The open-air cockpit has a McLaren F1-style three person seating arrangement and an aircraft-inspired steering wheel. The car also has metallic accents and state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Performance specifications were not released but Nissan says the concept has rear in-wheel electric motors that are powered by a low-mounted lithium-ion battery positioned towards the rear of the vehicle. The BladeGlider also has a 30/70 front to rear weight distribution and a "structurally optimized chassis" that is wrapped in carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
According to Nissan's general manager of product strategy and product planning, Francois Bancon, "The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics."

8 November 2013


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