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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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Ford builds 5-millionth EcoBoost engine

Ford’s EcoBoost engine family has celebrated another important milestone. The OEM has now produced 5 million of its fuel-saving petrol engines since the project was launched in 2009.

First introduced in Europe in 2010, EcoBoost-equipped vehicles last year accounted for one in four new Ford vehicles sold in the region. The most popular variant was the 1-liter EcoBoost engine. In 2014, this engine also became the first to be named as International Engine of the Year three times in a row.

More than 230,000 Ford vehicles sold in Europe were equipped with the 1-liter engine. The power unit is now available in 10 different models, from the Fiesta up to the new Mondeo.

“Ford EcoBoost delivers great performance with lower fuel bills, a recipe that is proving incredibly popular with consumers in Europe and around the world,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president of product development at Ford of Europe. “EcoBoost engines have proved a game-changing technology that are attracting new customers to the Ford brand every day.”

 

The 140ps Fiesta with a 1-liter EcoBoost unit

 

Downsized EcoBoost engines combine power with impressive fuel efficiency thanks to direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing. Available in Europe in the Fiesta Red and Black Edition models since last year, Ford’s 140ps 1-liter EcoBoost is the most powerful 1-liter volume production car engine ever. EcoBoost technology also powers the all-new Ford Mustang – the new 314ps 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine accounted for half of all models configured online during Mustang’s first month available to order across Europe.

 

Ford's 2-liter EcoBoost

 

The 5-millionth vehicle was a 1-liter Ford Focus that rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Worldwide, more than 200,000 EcoBoost engines are produced every month – including 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter four-cylinder engines, and 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines.

March 26, 2015

26 March 2015


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