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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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EXPO PREVIEW: Plasma surface treatment

When slimming down engines, auto makers are commonly turning to lightweight materials such as aluminum, but this frequently presents technical challenges during other manufacturing processes, something that Plasmatreat is combating with its innovative plasma cleaning.

The technique has already proved its worth with GM’s iconic 50th anniversary Chevy Camaro launched earlier this year. When engineers designed the 2016 Camaro, they slimmed down the 3.6 liter V6 engine for maximum performance, using an aluminum alloy block for the engine and a cast-aluminum integral oil pan design.

However, this threw up issues with getting adhesives and sealants to adhere to the surfaces, and since even a small leak could lead to engine failure, GM turned to Plasmatreat’s open-air plasma technology to prevent these problems.

Plasmatreat can be found at Engine Expo 2016 on stand E157

11 October 2016


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