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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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Volkswagen begins diesel fix implementation

Volkswagen has officially started work on implementing fixes on its cars that have been affected by the ‘Dieselgate’ issue.

Following approval by the German federal motor transport authority (KBA), the German OEM has started to contact vehicle owners, with Amarok and Passat drivers first on the list.

Recall of 2-liter EA189-engined cars will continue throughout 2016, and modification of the 1.2-liter engines affected is scheduled for the end of the second quarter. Vehicles with a 1.6-liter engine will be brought in from the third quarter of 2016.

A software update is planned for all of the affected engines, with a pure labor time of less than half an hour. For the 1.6-liter unit a flow rectifier will additionally be fitted in the intake duct with expected labor time, inclusive of the software update, of just under 45 minutes, said Volkswagen.

The current developments are restricted to the German market – the company will commence recalls in other markets as national authorities agree to Volkswagen’s proposed changes.

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt and Volkswagen brand chairman, Herbert Diess, met at a workshop in Berlin to examine the first stage of the recall.

“The start of the recall is taking us a great step forward”, said Diess. “Our customers are getting a good technical solution for their car and can also rely on quick implementation of the modification.”

February 9, 2016

9 February 2016


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