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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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Verso first Toyota to use new BMW-supplied 1.6-liter diesel engine

The Verso 1.6 D-4D compact MPV will be the first Toyota equipped with an engine supplied by the BMW Group under a contract agreed by the manufacturers two years ago.
The addition of the engine, which offers a power output of 112ps at 4,000rpm, 270Nm of torque from 1,750-2,250rpm and produces 119g/km of CO2, to the range early in 2014 will increase the number of powertrains available to Verso customers in the UK to four, which includes the 2-liter D-4D and 1.6 Valvematic and 1.8 Valvematic gasoline derivatives.
Didier Leroy, senior managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, and president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe (TME), said: “At Toyota, we believe that tackling environmental challenges facing our industry will require more than one approach. Hybrid is at the core of our strategy towards sustainable mobility, but we also see a role for clean diesel in Europe.
“Working together with an industry leader like the BMW Group allows us to benefit from economies of scale to reduce development costs as well as improve our time-to-market.”
The R&D team at Toyota’s European technical centre in Belgium led the development of the Verso 1.6 D-4D, which involved producing a number of new components, including engine mounts, a dual-mass flywheel, a new gearbox housing and gearing and a stop/start system to further improve efficiency and reduce emissions.
Production of the Verso 1.6 D-4D will begin in January 2014 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey’s Adapazari plant, the center for all Verso manufacturing.
Sourcing diesel engines is one aspect of a wider collaboration between Toyota and the BMW Group, under which the companies have announced plans to co-develop a fuel cell system; conduct a feasibility study for the joint development of a sports car platform; work together on creating lightweight vehicle body technologies; and undertake joint research into lithium-air batteries.

3 December 2013


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