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Video Review: Toyota Fortuner shines off the beaten track

We've already revealed what we think about the Toyota Fortuner in our road test, but now it's time to see it in action. It mightn't be the most refined performer on the road, but we quickly discovered it feels right at home in the bush. With seven seats and plenty of space for all your kit, it suits intrepid parents who neglected to swing by the condom aisle before getting busy. Enjoy our video review, complete with some gorgeous drone shots!Read More

Automotive Review

Road test: Toyota Fortuner shines off the beaten track

The idea of building a plush, family four-wheel drive on a truck's ladder frame might seem like an odd recipe, but it's given rise to some seriously popular family four-wheel drives. The Chevrolet Suburban has been carting American families around since the 1930s, and in more recent times Asia-Pacific buyers have been treated to a glut of truck based seven seaters. The Fortuner is Toyota's latest take on the formula, and we've spent a week behind the wheel to see how it handles life on the road, as well as off it.Read More

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Diesel engine concept controls heat to cut emissions

Diesel engines are some of the simplest combustion concepts in use today, with a design that has not changed much in half a century. But what has changed is the complexity of the systems that surround the diesel engine block to overcome inherent inefficiencies in emissions. A research team at the New ACE Institute in Japan has developed a new diesel combustion engine concept using multiple fuel injectors that doesn't require waste heat reduction. With a brake thermal efficiency of greater than 50 percent, the new engine could reduce engine manufacture costs.Read More

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Mercedes-Benz to premiere new diesel engine family in new E-Class

Mercedes-Benz continues to drip feed details of its upcoming E-Class ahead of the vehicle's launch in the Northern Hemisphere spring. Having already revealed some of the car's semi-autonomous features and interior design, Mercedes has announced it will premiere a new four-cylinder diesel engine in the new E-Class E 220 d, marking the launch of a family of all-aluminum four cylinder engines that will proliferate throughout Mercedes' lineup of cars and vans in various outputs and in both longitudinal and transverse configurations.

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Unique production process could slash diesel CO2 emissions

A join team of researchers from Belgium's KU Leuven and from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has examined the fuel production process, developing a new method that allows for cleaner diesel. According to the team, the technique could easily be scaled up to industrial levels for use within the next decade.Read More

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Volkswagen proposes simple technical fixes for diesel cheat in Europe

The Volkswagen Group has been in a lot of hot water since the "dieselgate" scandal began. When it came to light that VW had been using a "defeat device" on its diesel vehicles to circumvent official emission testing procedures, the company quickly admitted to its wrongdoing and has been working to comply with regulators and find a fix. In Europe, that fix may be very simple. This week, the German authorities accepted the small technical change and software upgrade proposed by VW.Read More

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