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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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Geely invests US$750m in Polestar

Volvo Cars and its owner Geely Holding has jointly pledged US$750m to support Polestar’s initial product, brand and industrial development. This follows the unveiling of the performance brand’s first model, the Polestar 1, in Shanghai, China, on October 17.

As the subsidiary continues to establish itself as a standalone electrified performance car company, the deal highlights the financial and manufacturing capabilities the company will have access to.

The funds will be used to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. This will shorten the time Polestar needs to commercially launch its cars, as well as provide benefits from synergies in the development of next-gen technology.

Polestar’s first production car, the Polestar 1, is a 608ps two-door, four-seater hybrid coupé. It has a pure electric range of 150km and will go in to production in mid-2019. The Polestar 1 will be followed later that year by the first fully-electric car launched by Volvo Group, the Polestar 2.

At the event in Shanghai, the Volvo Group pledged to release four more fully-electric vehicles – bearing either the Volvo or Polestar name – between 2019 and 2021, corresponding with the current electrification trend.

With China as a driving force behind the electrification of the global car industry, Polestar will spearhead the development of new technologies and allow Volvo Cars to enhance its electrification and connectivity strategies.

Written by Sam Petters

19 October 2017


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