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Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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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.


Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor

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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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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? 

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Hyundai launches first PHEV with 43km electric range

Hyundai has launched a new PHEV version of its Sonata sedan that will shortly go on sale in the Korean and North American markets.

Hyundai claims a class-leading range of 43km in electric-only mode for its first ever PHEV, thanks to the 9.8kWh lithium polymer battery system, around five times larger than the battery in the Sonata hybrid.

Hyundai says that the larger battery system can be charged via an external electric power source using either a Level-One 120V power outlet in less than nine hours or a Level-Two 240V charging station in under three hours.

Electric power is courtesy of a 50kW electric motor that is mounted within the six-speed automatic transmission.

IC power comes from the Korean manufacturer’s 2-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine, which produces 154ps and 190Nm of torque. Total system output is 202ps at 6,000 rpm.

November 19, 2015

19 November 2015


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