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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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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? 


Daimler allocates US$3bn to new clean diesels

Daimler has revealed that it has plans to spend US$2.9bn by 2019 on a new family of clean diesel engines that will help it to meet strict new emissions standards.

The program has already been in place for four years, and the first engine to emerge from the initiative onto the market will be used in the next E-Class, which is due on sale in April.
According to the German OEM, the new four-cylinder engine shows an 80% reduction in NOx emissions and a 13% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 figures, thanks to lighter, more compact designs.

“This new engine will define our diesel strategy for the next 10 years,” said Bernhard Heil, Daimler’s head of powertrain development. “We believe it’ll convince the public we’ll have a bright future for diesel.”

The German manufacturer says that part of the new philosophy will involve using SCR systems with adblue technology on smaller front-wheel-drive cars by 2019, replacing current NOx trap exhaust systems.

“Spending on the improvement of existing diesel engines brings a much greater cost-benefit efficiency than spending on electrification,” continued Heil. “That said, electrification is key to our powertrain strategy, despite the cost.”

February 17, 2016

17 February 2016


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