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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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All-new Mini Hatch models unveiled

Mini has unveiled its new Hatch model, promising significant improvements in technology, engine efficiency, power delivery, and driving dynamics.
Featuring a range of three new engines, each unit utilizes Mini TwinPower turbo technology and offer improved performance figures, with maximum power across all three variants produced lower down the rev range. Fuel consumption and emission levels have been reduced by as much as 27% when compared to their predecessor models, while all meet EU6 exhaust emissions criteria.
The new Mini Cooper Hatch has a three-cylinder gasoline engine with a peak output of 135ps, while a four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 191ps powers the S Hatch, and the D Hatch comes with a three-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 115ps and average combined economy of 80.7mpg.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard featuring rev matching on downward shifts and a six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on each engine. The automatic transmission sees efficiency improvements against the outgoing model, with the new D Hatch producing 98g/km CO2 compared to the outgoing D Automatic Hatch’s 135g/km CO2.
The auto transmission features an engine stop/start function for the first time, that, while a new six-speed sports automatic transmission enables shorter shift times and features rev matching on downward shifts. It can be operated in manual mode using shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
Minimalism environmental technologies also continue to feature on the new Hatch models. Designed to reduce fuel consumption, standard features include a shift-point display function on manual cars and optimized preheating process on the diesel. Brake energy recuperation and need-oriented control of the fuel pump, coolant pump and other ancillary units feature on all models.

22 November 2013


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