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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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Truck and SUV applications for Nissan’s new 5.6-liter engine

Nissan has announced that its new Armada SUV and Titan truck models will get the company’s new 5.6-liter Endurance gasoline engine.

The latest-generation V8 has the same displacement as its predecessor, but offers a 72ps power boost with 385ps at 5,200rpm versus the old unit’s 313ps. The torque figure of 544Nm at 4,000rpm is an increase of 22Nm from 522Nm.

Features of note include the new direct injection gas (DIG) system, which Nissan says provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance over a non-direct-injection system by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control.

An 11.2:1 compression ratio (previously 9.8:1) is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance and thermal efficiency benefits thanks to an MCV rather than a traditional thermostat.

The engine also uses Nissan’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake and exhaust sides to provide high performance and crisp response. 

Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve (rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with a throttle valve) and valve timing and opening with non-variable camshafts.

The gasoline engine joins the Cummins 5-liter V8 turbo diesel that Nissan offers as a powertrain option on its larger vehicles.

Click here to watch a video from Nissan on the new Endurance engine.

February 24, 2016

24 February 2016


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