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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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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? 


Blumenröder made head of powertrain development, VW Group

Volkswagen Group has announced that Kurt Blumenröder, previously speaker of the management board of IAV GmbH, is to become head of powertrain development of the Volkswagen brand from January 1, 2018. In this position, he succeeds Friedrich Eichler, who was appointed head of chassis development of the Volkswagen brand with effect from September 1.

Kurt Blumenröder holds a degree in mechanical and production engineering. He started his career in 1990 with Daimler AG. From 1998 to 2004, he was managing director of Institut für Motorenbau Prof. Huber in Munich. In 2002, he was appointed managing director of Mercedes-Benz Technology, before becoming speaker of the management board of IAV GmbH in 2005.

Friedrich Eichler holds a degree in mechanical engineering and started his career with Volkswagen in 1993. Following positions with Audi and Porsche, he was head of drivetrain development with Mercedes AMG from 2007. With Volkswagen, he was head of gasoline engine development from 2013 and head of powertrain development from 2014.

24 November 2017


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