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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 takes over China joint ventures in $2.7bn deal

Volvo Cars has taken control of its three joint ventures in China for $2.7bn, to “more accurately reflect its growing presence in the world’s largest car market”.

The Swedish manufacturer now owns 50% of its China joint ventures alongside its parent company Geely. The joint ventures include car manufacturing facilities in Chengdu and Daqing, an engine manufacturing facility in Zhangjiakou, and a research and development center in Shanghai. Volvo said in 2013 that it planned to export cars from its Chinese factories to the USA and Europe, as part of an ambitious five-year plan.

Volvo says that the joint venture purchase allows it to fully consolidate its activities in China, providing a more accurate financial and operational picture of the company as it continues to expand in the region. It announced the move at the same time as its financial figures, which showed a $2bn profit for the first half of 2015.

“The incorporation of the Chinese entities is an important step toward the long-term objectives to capture the growth and sourcing potential in China,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo president and chief executive.

August 26, 2015

26 August 2015


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