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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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GM celebrates 50 years of hydrogen fuel cell development

This year marks 50 years since General Motors developed its Electrovan, the world’s first hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, which was used as a rolling testbed to explore hydrogen as a method of vehicle propulsion.

Electrovan project manager Floyd Wyczalek, who headed up a 200-strong team, said, “We had three shifts of people working on this project, which started in January 1966 and finished 10 months later. We had one running demo for the Progress of Power press conference in October that year.”

“Fuel cell durability was tested over a period of several months in a test cell. Driving acceleration and top speed tests were conducted on a chassis dynamometer,” Wyczalek added.

Since then GM has invested more than US$2.5bn in hydrogen fuel cell technology. It is among the patent leaders, along with Honda, which has been its collaborator since 2013 in developing a next-generation system that will be much more powerful and only a fraction of the size of the equipment-crammed Electrovan, which had room only for a driver and two passengers.

Following the end of the project, the Electrovan was stored in a warehouse in Pontiac, Michigan, for 31 years before it was rediscovered in 2001 after which it was assigned for use in fuel cell displays and loaned to museums when it was not at home in the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights in Michigan.

November 2, 2016

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