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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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Range increase for second-generation Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet has revealed that its second-generation Volt will offer a 40% improvement in EV range from 56km to 85km.

The company says that owners currently use battery power for 80% of trips, and the increased range will push this up to over 90%, meaning the average owner will see 1,600km between fuel fills if they recharge regularly.

The car is fitted with a new 18.4kWh battery (up from 16kWh) with revised chemistry that means 96 fewer cells and a 9.8kg weight saving compared with the old battery.

The 1.5-liter range extender gasoline engine is also new, up in capacity from the outgoing model’s 1.4-liter motor. Chevrolet says that overall weight savings in the drivetrain make for a 45kg saving over the first-generation package.

The 85km EV range figure is based on EPA testing, which rates the Volt’s combined fuel consumption at 106mpge (gasoline equivalent), or 2.22l/100km, with the 1.5-liter range extender offering fuel consumption of 5.6l/100km in gasoline-only mode.

The Volt goes on sale in the USA later this year with production due to begin this month. It was announced at the end of 2014 that right-hand production of the second-generation Volt wouldn’t be happening because of poor sales in those markets, but Opel is expected to announce what it calls an ‘electric successor’ to the Volt/Ampera that will go on sale in 2016/17.

August 10, 2015

10 August 2015


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