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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? 


Mahle and Protean reveal in-wheel electric motor demonstrator

Mahle Powertrain and Protean Electric have revealed PHEV demonstrator collaboration aimed at showcasing the benefits of in-wheel electric motors.

A standard 1.4-liter car was turned into a parallel hybrid vehicle through the use of in-wheel electric motors in the rear wheels of the car.

The vehicle features Protean’s compact direct drive in-wheel motors with integrated inverters on the rear axle and retains the standard 1.4-liter gasoline engine and manual transmission driving the front axle.

The companies describe the parallel drive setup as a ‘through the road’ arrangement, which allows the vehicle to operate in rear-wheel drive EV mode, conventional front-wheel drive IC engine mode or full hybrid all-wheel drive. The companies say that the in-wheel motors also offer in-built torque vectoring.

The setup also brings considerable fuel consumption benefits. The NEDC fuel economy was reduced from 6.4 to 1.7 l/100km (36.8mpg to 138mpg) and the CO₂ emissions from 149g/km to less than 40g/km. The vehicle achieves an impressive 0-100 km/h time of less than 7.0 seconds (half that of the baseline vehicle) and top speed has also increased by more than 10%.

September 15, 2015

15 September 2015


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