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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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In light of Fisker's solid-state battery breakthrough and claims of a one minute charge time, will this electric vehicle technology development kick-start mass BEV uptake? 


Car makers in EU plea on diesel policy

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and other bodies representing OEM suppliers and the fuel industry have sent an open letter to the European Union claiming that plans to increase restrictions on diesel technology would undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.

The European Commission has already set targets for average CO2 emissions of 95g/km by 2021, but is assessing a tougher target of around 68-78g/km by 2025. The ACEA recently called for that decision to be delayed, given the slower-than-expected take-up of hybrid and electric vehicle technology by consumers.

(Above: car makers such as Peugeot have already revealed their ranges of Euro 6-compliant engines)


The letter says diesel cars are crucial if car makers are to meet EU targets. “Diesel cars, having significantly lower CO2 emissions per kilometer, are essential to manufacturers’ efforts to reach the EU’s 2021 CO2 fleet average targets and thereby help reduce road transport CO2 emissions and mitigate climate change. With continuing efficiency improvement, diesel will continue to be essential in meeting post-2021 targets.”

The letter also encourages the EU to do what it can to encourage people into newer, cleaner cars; those less than a year old currently only account for 5% of vehicles on the road. ACEA secretary general, Erik Jonnaert, said; “Policy should be technology-neutral to ensure the uptake of the latest low-emission vehicles. There is no reason to discriminate against clean diesel technologies. This does not make sense from an environmental or health point of view, and could be detrimental to the mobility of cities and businesses.”

July 14 2015

14 July 2015


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