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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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Renault/Dongfeng joint venture to build EVs in China

Renault and Dongfeng have announced plans to build and sell EVs in China.

As part of the joint venture between the two firms, the Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) will produce its first electric car in 2017 at the company’s Wuhan plant (below).

Based on the Renault Fluence, the car will be sold under the badge of a local Dongfeng brand solely for the Chinese market. DRAC CEO Jacques Daniel has cited the project as a sign of Renault’s commitment to worldwide sustainability.

DRAC was formed in 2013 out of the Renault Beijing Automotive Company, which was responsible for selling and marketing imported Renaults in China. Following the original announcement of the Renault/Dongfeng alliance, the group said that they aimed to build their first Chinese-developed car, a C-segment crossover, at their new Wuhan factory in 2016.

Other planned vehicles include another SUV and two saloons, developed exclusively for the Chinese market.

Renault sold its Fluence EV around the world, before poor sales and the bankruptcy of its battery supplier cut production short in 2014.

October 7, 2015

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