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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.

Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month 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.

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Frugal new engine for Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 compact SUV range has adopted a new, smaller 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline engine in an effort to boost efficiency.
The new engine slots in at the entry point to the Q3 line-up as an alternative to the 140ps 2-liter TDI model, sharing a front-wheel-drive configuration and offering peak power of 150ps delivered between 5,000 and 6,000rpm, as well as maximum torque of 250Nm from 1,750 to 3,000rpm, via a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.
Paired with the manual transmission, the Q3 1.4 TFSI will reach 100km/h from rest in 9.2 seconds (or 8.9 seconds for cars equipped with S tronic), and can carry on to a top speed of 202km/h. Combined fuel economy stands at 47.9mpg, and C02 emissions match the 140ps version of the 2.0 TDI engine elsewhere in the range at 137g/km (or 145g/km for S tronic models).

30 January 2014


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