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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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Volvo announces strong fleet emissions reductions

Volvo reduced average fleet emissions by 8.4% from 2012 to 2013, according to figures monitored by European car industry association ACEA, underlining the manufacturer’s commitment to bringing down emission levels.

Volvo’s strong environmental performance reflects the company’s moves to bring environmentally sound technologies to market, as witnessed by products such as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid and the fully in-house developed Drive-E powertrain family. These technologies contributed to an average fleet emission level, weighed by sales volume, of only 131g/km in 2013 (143g/km in 2012).
With the new Drive-E powertrains, Volvo has created a family of smaller, more intelligent petrol and diesel engines with power curves that give exciting drivability while at the same time delivering the fuel economy of only four cylinders. By adding electrification such as plug-in hybrid technology to the engines, the manufacturer can provide customers with efficient, high-performance engines.

For instance, the Volvo S60 T6 with 310ps and the new 8-speed automatic is the first car in this segment that delivers over 2ps per gram of CO2 from a combustion engine only. The D4 with 184ps and manual gearbox is the first diesel car on this power level in the premium D-segment with CO2 emissions under 100g/km.
The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is Volvo’s most technically advanced model ever – an electric, hybrid and high-performance car all rolled into one, while retaining its class-leading emission levels of 48g/km.

4 June 2014


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