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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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Ford unveils all-new EcoBlue diesel engine

Ford unveiled its all-new EcoBlue diesel engine at the 2016 IAA Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show, with claims of fuel efficiency improvments compared with the outgoing 2.2-liter TDCi engine, and improved CO2 emissions from 157g/km.

“Ford’s EcoBlue engine is a real diesel game changer, combining reduced cost of ownership with outstanding performance and cleaner emissions,” said Bernhard Mattes, chairman, Ford of Germany. “As our sales growth shows, Ford already offers the most advanced line-up of commercial vehicles in Europe, and the all-new Ford EcoBlue engine takes it to a new level.”

The all-new 2.0-liter Ford EcoBlue diesel uses a completely new architecture engineered to provide the next-generation of engines for future Ford cars and commercial vehicles.

The 2.0-liter engine features revised turbocharger, fuel injection, combustion system, structural design and low-friction technologies to deliver 'significant' improvements in fuel efficiency, performance and operating refinement.

Available now in the latest Transit and Transit Custom models, the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBlue engine is offered in 105PS, 130PS and 170PS power ratings, each of which offers increased power and torque compared with the outgoing 2.2-liter engine. Improved low-end pulling power, with 20% more torque at 1,250rpm.

Transit van models equipped with Ford's optional 'Auto-Start-Stop' system achieve CO2 emissions from 174g/km and average fuel consumption from 42.8mpg representing a 10% reduction over the equivalent outgoing model.

25 September 2016


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