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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 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.

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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Volkswagen submits engine fix proposal to German government

Reports from Germany suggest that Volkswagen has met the government-imposed deadline to provide fixes for engines affected by the emissions scandal that has damaged the company.

Around 2.5-million vehicles fitted with 1.2-, 1.6- and 2-liter EA189 engines are affected in the country, and recall notices will be issued to owners in January. It is expected that changes to the 1.2- and 2-liter engines are limited to software updates that will take less than half an hour to install, but the 1.6-liter units will require a hardware fix in the air filter system as well as the software patch, which could take up to an hour to rectify.

Volkswagen describes the part as a ‘flow transformer’, which will be fitted directly in front of the air mass sensor on the 1.6-liter to calm the swirled air flow in front of the sensor and will thus decisively improve measuring accuracy.

The company says that the air mass sensor determines the current air mass throughput, an important parameter for the engine management for an optimum combustion process.

Overall, Volkswagen estimates that 11 million vehicles worldwide are implicated in the NOx emissions testing problems, and the company recently admitted to under-reporting CO₂ figures on a further 800,000 vehicles, including Volkswagen Group cars fitted with 3-liter V6 diesel engines.

December 2, 2015

2 December 2015


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