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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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IPG Automotive unveils all-new emissions simulator

IPG Automotive has developed an all-new simulator for emissions testing as automakers prepare for RDE. New emissions testing regulation RDE will come into effect this month, as the EU aims to ensure pollutants are being measured under real world conditions.

IPG has introduced CarMaker 6.0, which allows for realistic and reproducible measurements early in vehicle development through virtual test driving. This means that automakers are able reduce the need for real on-road tests.

From September regulations will mean that any vehicle must not exceed emissions of 60 or 80 milligrams of nitrogen oxides per km, for petrol and diesel respectively.

Carmaker 6.0 enables manufacturers to test consumption and emissions in various scenarios using the test bench. A route around Karlsruhe, Germany is already featured in the programme, but the software has the possibility to import other international routes.

Jochen Petters, business development manager at IPG, feels that the software will benefit manufacturers in the development phase of vehicle design. "Real RDE tests can be reduced significantly which, for vehicle development, primarily entails high cost efficiency.

"Additionally, tests with significantly more individuality and flexibility under constant and therefore more comparable real conditions and influences become possible in the simulation."

31 August 2017


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