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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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China’s JAC collaborates with Ricardo on advanced thermal engineering

Ricardo and JAC – one of China’s largest vehicle manufacturers – have revealed that they are working together on thermal systems engineering for passenger car applications.
Under the contract placed by JAC, Ricardo is providing advanced thermal simulation and test guidance to support the development of a passenger vehicle with a downsized gasoline engine. As a part of the project, Ricardo is also providing technology transfer in the form of collaborative working and training to JAC engineers both in China and at Ricardo sites in the UK. In this way, Ricardo says JAC will acquire skills and expertise that will help them to develop their own in-house thermal systems analysis and development capability in the future.
“With leading Chinese automakers such as JAC wishing to develop their own vehicles to international standards, there is an increasing need to develop in-house capabilities such as thermal systems development,” commented Ricardo Asia president Gary Tan. “Ricardo is ideally placed to provide technology transfer as well as class-leading engineering services and technology, enabling our Chinese partners to develop excellent vehicles today as well as equipping them with the skills to help them to fulfill their future requirements.”

8 November 2013


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