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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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NEVS and Dongfeng sign EV development deal

Saab-owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng Motor have signed a joint agreement to develop hybrids and EVs.

In a statement, the two companies said they would work together to ‘enhance Dongfeng’s technical strength’ and ‘improve NEVS’ own development capability’.

Dongfeng will support NEVS with R&D and the construction of new electric and PHEVs in Tianjin, China, as well as helping the Swedish firm to set up a dealership network in the country.

NEVS has already begun work on a factory in the city that will have a potential capacity of 200,000 cars.

NEVS will support Dongfeng outside of China in meeting international regulations and technical specifications, as well as allowing it to sell own-brand cars through its dealership networks, focusing on Europe and North America.

NEVS bought the assets of Saab back in 2012, but has been prevented from using the Saab name since 2014 because of financial difficulties. Dongfeng has a 14% stake in PSA Peugeot Citroën and numerous joint venture agreements with international OEMs.

August 19, 2015

19 August 2015


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