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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.

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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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Volkswagen Group opens Russia's first foreign-owned engine plant

The Volkswagen Group has opened a new 150,000-capacity engine plant in Kaluga, Russia, three years after building work began.

Attending the official opening were Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and VW board member Thomas Schmall. Volkswagen says it is the first foreign car maker to operate its own engine plant in Russia. The OEM has invested US$279m in building the facility, with 400 jobs created.

The 32,000m² Kaluga factory will have a daily build target of 600 of VW’s recently developed 1.6-liter gasoline engine from the EA211 modular family, which will then be installed in the Polo and Jetta as well as several Skoda models, including the Rapid and Octavia.

The plant has come about as part of the Russian government’s Decree 166, signed by Volkswagen and numerous other car makers in 2011, which promised grants and cuts in import duties for vehicles produced wholly or partly in Russia.

“The development of Volkswagen in Kaluga – starting with the vehicle plant and continuing with the engine plant – symbolizes the strength of this region,” said Thomas Schmall. “We intend to continue this development in future because we believe in the considerable potential offered by the Russian automobile industry.”

September 8, 2015

8 September 2015


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