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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.

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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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Ford announces engine family investment at south Wales factory

Ford has announced a US$247m investment in its south Wales engine factory, to build a new family of fuel-efficient engines from 2018.

The investment from Ford is backed up by US$22m from the Welsh government to support jobs in the local area.

The Bridgend plant currently builds 250,000 engines a year for Jaguar Land Rover, but that is set to end in 2018 now that JLR has introduced its in-house Ingenium range of engines. The company recently announced plans to open a new factory in Slovakia that will replace the Bridgend production capacity.

Ford has not released any details of the engine family that will be built at the Bridgend plany, but it’s expected to be codenamed Dragon, and consist of next-generation replacements for current 1.2- and 1.5-liter gasoline units.

The Bridgend factory currently builds 250,000 engines a year for Jaguar Land Rover, but that is set to end in 2018 now that JLR has introduced its in-house Ingenium range of engines and will replace the Bridgend production with its new factory in Slovakia.

The Bridgend factory, which opened in 1980, also produces 500,000 Ford engines each year, exporting them around the world.

September 29, 2015

29 September 2015


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