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Kumho uses ARC for R and D (Australia) Kumho uses ARC for R and D (Australia)

Leading Tyre manufacturer Kumho will uses its involvement as the control tyre supplier to the 2010 Australian Rally Championship as a major engineering and development program for its future road tyres. Kumho won the right to supply control tyres to the Australian Rally Championship this year ensuring a level playing field as well as reducing costs and boosting support for the sport from the grass roots to the national championship. Kumho Tyres will also announce a significant...

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BMW Group DesignworksUSA: Premium Design in all the Right Places BMW Group DesignworksUSA: Premium Design in all the Right Places

From Starbucks to Disneyland to the hushed cabin of the Dassault Falcon 7X premium business jet, the global creative tour-de-force of DesignworksUSA is bringing great design to consumers’ fingertips. It’s not surprising to find the creative fingerprints of BMW Group DesignworksUSA in automotive showrooms, as the creative tour-de-force has shaped many of this generation’s most iconic and desirable automobiles including the BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the recently launched BMW Z4...

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Ford’s Global CEO Reveals New Ford FIGO Targeting India Market and Export Sales Ford’s Global CEO Reveals New Ford FIGO Targeting India Market and Export Sales

India’s role as an important player in the future of Ford Motor Company’s international strategy was underscored today when the company’s President and CEO, Alan Mulally, unveiled an all-new car targeting the heart of the Indian car market – the new Ford Figo. The Ford Figo, a new nameplate and a fresh face on the Indian market, signals Ford’s intention to compete in India’s largest and most important small car market segment.

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Hyundai’s Global Brand Ranking Rises Hyundai’s Global Brand Ranking Rises

Hyundai has placed eighth among global automakers in the highly respected 2009 Global Brands Survey, surpassing several prominent brands including Porsche, Lexus and Nissan. The survey, conducted by Interbrand (a leading consultancy in branding) and BusinessWeek (a New York-based global business media organisation), looked at brands from all business fields - with Hyundai ranking 69th, up 15 places from its inaugural score in 2005. Since then, Hyundai has registered steady annual growth in...

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Mercedes-Benz at the IAA 2009: Mercedes-Benz Design Mercedes-Benz at the IAA 2009: Mercedes-Benz Design

Right on the spot, Mercedes-Benz designers show how cars like the SLS AMG or the E-Class Coupé are created – from the first design sketch to the finished model. The spectators are right up close, and can witness the design process at first hand, understand it and be amazed.

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Tuscaloosa Builds the One Millionth Mercedes-Benz M-Class Sport Utility Vehicle Tuscaloosa Builds the One Millionth Mercedes-Benz M-Class Sport Utility Vehicle

The only Mercedes-Benz plant in North America celebrated a significant milestone– the production of the plant’s 1 millionth M-Class. The milestone vehicle is a fuel-efficient ML 350 BlueTEC diesel, destined for a West Coast Mercedes-Benz dealership. “Everyone here at MBUSI is extremely proud to have reached this milestone,” said Ola Kaellenius, who assumed leadership of the plant in June 2009 as the new President and CEO of MBUSI.

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Chrysler Group LLC Announces Production of Grand Voyager Chrysler Group LLC Announces Production of Grand Voyager

Chrysler Group LLC today announced that the company's Windsor Assembly Plant has begun production of Grand Voyagers for international markets. The facility's Flexible Manufacturing System enables diesel models and right-hand drive versions to be built on the same line as the left-hand drive and petrol models. The Chrysler Grand Voyager is sold in more than 80 countries. Chrysler first began offering right-hand drive versions of its people mover in 1997 for markets such as the United Kingdom,...

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Hyundai to Expand i20 Production to Europe Hyundai to Expand i20 Production to Europe

In response to growing customer demand, Hyundai Motor Company is expanding its production plant in Turkey, primarily to build the i20, designed in Europe for European customers. A leading product in its segment, the i20 will be produced in left hand drive for European markets at Hyundai Turkey’s Izmit Plant, starting from May 2010 – a move that will see an additional investment of US$75 million. The UK, where i20 was recently recognised as What Car? Magazine’s Supermini Best Buy £8,000 -...

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Lotus Appoints New CEO Lotus Appoints New CEO

Dany T. Bahar has been appointed as the new CEO of Group Lotus effective 1st October 2009, replacing Michael J. Kimberley, who retired in July. Prior to this appointment, Dany Bahar was Senior Vice President, Commercial & Brand for Ferrari SpA where he was responsible for worldwide road car sales and after sales business, overall road car and F1 marketing activities, licensing, and merchandising business.

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The Key for Tech-Savvy BMW Aficionados The Key for Tech-Savvy BMW Aficionados

BMW has released a new gadget for its tech-savvy aficionados. The eight gigabyte USB memory stick, in the shape of a genuine BMW key, is the perfect gift for BMW fans young and old.

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Mercedes-Benz Drivers Enjoy Significantly Better Road Safety Mercedes-Benz Drivers Enjoy Significantly Better Road Safety

The evidence is now clear: drivers of Mercedes vehicles are safer on the road than drivers of other car brands. This is the result of a study of Mercedes accident research based on official, anonymous data samples from the Federal Office of Statistics. Having looked at 18,748 accidents resulting in personal injury during the period from 2003 to 2007, the study found that the risk of being seriously or fatally injured as the driver of an E‑Class is 10.4 percent lower than for comparable...

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Audi Unveils Australian Flagship Audi Unveils Australian Flagship

Audi Australia Pty Ltd (Audi) will officially open its $50 million ‘Lighthouse’ brand terminal on South Dowling Street in Sydney, on Thursday 20 August 2009. Clearly demonstrating its confidence in the Australian market, German luxury carmaker, Audi, says the development of this flagship facility – the largest of its kind in the world - was embraced by the company’s global Board of Directors.

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Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano are Australia’s First 5-Star Commercial Vehicles Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano are Australia’s First 5-Star Commercial Vehicles

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) today announced the first Australian 5-star rating for a light commercial van. The vehicle: the Mercedes-Benz Vito.

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New Dealers Around the Country Add Strength to Proton Push New Dealers Around the Country Add Strength to Proton Push

Proton has announced it's successfully recruited a number of new dealers in key regional and metropolitan areas around the country as part of its program to rebuild its national network. The Proton dealer network is again 35 following the appointment of six new dealers across the country in the past month, while the company has accepted applications from a number of other dealers ahead of the launch in October of a new entry level car that promises to be Australia's lowest priced four door...

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Cruisin’ On - Chrysler PT Cruiser Will Continue Production Cruisin’ On - Chrysler PT Cruiser Will Continue Production

Chrysler Group LLC announced today that production of the Chrysler PT Cruiser will continue. The Chrysler Group Toluca (Mexico) Assembly Plant—the exclusive home of Chrysler PT Cruiser—will continue to build the quality-proven, versatility packaged and “too cool to categorize” small car. “The heritage-styled Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to be a global success story,” said Peter Fong – President and Chief Executive Officer – Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for the Sales Organisation,...

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ABS: Mercedes-Benz and the Invention of the Anti-Lock Braking System ABS: Mercedes-Benz and the Invention of the Anti-Lock Braking System

It was 31 years ago that Mercedes-Benz presented the second-generation anti-lock braking system (ABS), developed together with Bosch, to the press in Untertürkheim, Germany.

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Broad Approval for Integration of Volkswagen and Porsche Broad Approval for Integration of Volkswagen and Porsche

The Supervisory Board meetings of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Porsche Automobil Holding SE which took place in Stuttgart on Thursday cleared the way for an integrated automotive group combining Volkswagen and Porsche. The details of a final joint concept will be worked out over the coming weeks. Representatives of the Porsche and Piëch families, the State of Lower Saxony and the workforce of both companies have however already expressed their great satisfaction with the foundations that...

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Takes Initial Zero Emission Mobility Move in Europe Renault-Nissan Alliance Takes Initial Zero Emission Mobility Move in Europe

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, has announced together with the governments of the United Kingdom and Portugal their plans to build two plants for the production of its advanced lithium-ion batteries in Europe. In doing so, the Renault-Nissan Alliance marks the first significant step towards producing batteries for its Zero Emission Mobility Program in Europe. The two governments have offered to extend financial assistance and other support to ensure that Nissan...

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AUDI AG: Double World Premiere for Anniversary AUDI AG: Double World Premiere for Anniversary

Audi celebrated its 100th birthday in Ingolstadt last night with two world premiers. At the evening gala in the Audi Forum, 1,800 invited guests witnessed a spectacular program of celebrations staged outdoors. The highlights included the speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the unveiling of the new Audi A5 Sportback and the first performance of Chinese star pianist Lang Lang on the Audi Design grand piano.

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Dodge Viper SRT10 Will Live On Dodge Viper SRT10 Will Live On

Chrysler Group LLC announced that production will continue for the legendary Dodge Viper SRT10. Originally slated to cease production in December 2009, the Chrysler Group Conner Avenue Assembly Plant — the exclusive home of Dodge Viper production since 1995 — will continue to build the V-10 powered sports car. Chrysler Group is no longer pursuing a sale of the Viper business assets. “The Dodge Viper has successfully captured the hearts and imagination of performance enthusiasts around...

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Koenigsegg and GM Agreement For Saab Koenigsegg and GM Agreement For Saab

General Motors Corp. and Koenigsegg Group AB, a consortium led by Koenigsegg Automotive AB, today confirmed the details of a memorandum of understanding for the purchase of Saab Automobile AB that secures Saab’s future. The sale, expected to close by the end of the third quarter of this year, includes an expected $600 million funding commitment from the European Investment Bank (EIB) guaranteed by the Swedish government. Additional support is to be provided by GM and Koenigsegg Group AB to...

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2009 Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle 2009 Mercedes-Benz Experimental Safety Vehicle

2009 is a year in which Mercedes-Benz celebrates several anniversaries in the safety field: in August 1939 the automotive safety pioneer Béla Barényi started his work at Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen. Regarded as the father of modern car safety, he invented a multitude of pioneering safety features. One example is the principle of the crumple zone, a trailblazing innovation which entered series production at Mercedes-Benz 50 years ago in 1959. With the help of its in-house accident research...

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Alto Achieves Four-Star ANCAP Rating Alto Achieves Four-Star ANCAP Rating

Australia’s first sub-light car will also be one of the safest with the Suzuki Alto achieving a high four-star rating in the latest round of ANCAP testing. With segment-leading safety of six airbags as standard, including head protecting side curtain airbags, and the availability of electronic stability control on the higher specification, the exciting new Alto is set to change the face of small car motoring when it hits Australian showrooms next month. “Suzuki is proud to be the first...

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Mercedes-Benz Museum: The McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes-Benz Museum: The McLaren MP4-23

As part of the 75th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows racing cars, the world championship winning car of 2008 Formula One season recently arrived at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, located in Stuttgart, Germany. The McLaren MP4-23 Formula One car was lifted by crane into its new resting place in the presence of Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug. Visitors to the museum can now admire the racing car in the museum’s Legend room M7 - Races...

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Honda Commemorates 50 years of Innovation in America Honda Commemorates 50 years of Innovation in America

Honda today marked its first 50 years in America, commemorating the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a small Los Angeles storefront on June 11, 1959. Honda associates observed the occasion with a brief ceremony at the company's Torrance, Calif. headquarters. "On behalf of the tens of thousands of Honda associates in America, past and present, we offer our deepest thanks to our customers for placing their trust in Honda over the past 50 years," said American Honda...

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Chevrolet Builds 1,500,000th Corvette Chevrolet Builds 1,500,000th Corvette

At the June meeting of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association, Karen Rafferty, Chevrolet Product Marketing Director, today announced the recent production of the 1,500,000th Corvette at GM Bowling Green Assembly. "The 1.5 millionth Corvette is a great example of how Chevy is America's Brand," Rafferty said. "For nearly 60 years we have built America's Sports Car and this milestone is a solid proof point."

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1930s Mercedes-Benz Race Car Carrier Reproduced 1930s Mercedes-Benz Race Car Carrier Reproduced

The classic "Silver Arrows" by Mercedes-Benz are icons of the 1930s. Racing cars such as the W 25, the W 125, the W 154 and the W 165, but also drivers like Manfred von Brauchitsch, Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang, were right in the forefront of the motor racing world in those days. Other vehicles were rather less prominent, but also had a strong effect on the public image – the racing transporters. Wherever these blue trucks with their "Mercedes-Benz Racing Department"...

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GM and Penske Announce Deal to Purchase Saturn GM and Penske Announce Deal to Purchase Saturn

General Motors Corp. and Penske Automotive Group today confirmed details of a proposed transaction under which Penske would acquire the Saturn brand. If completed, the deal would save more than 350 dealerships and 13,000 jobs at Saturn and its retailers in the United States, and would preserve the customer-focused Saturn brand. The proposed transaction is part of GM's rebuilding efforts outlined in the viability plan that was submitted to the U.S. government earlier this year. Under the...

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BMW Voice Control System BMW Voice Control System

Starting in September 2009, BMW is presenting a truly innovative, cutting-edge technology for voice control in the automobile allowing even more reliable and convenient operation and control of navigation systems and infotainment functions. Introducing this new system, BMW is raising the driver/vehicle dialogue to a new level of excellence. For the first time, one single voice command is sufficient to completely transmit the driver's destination into the navigation system. The driver's...

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BMW Stopping Safely in a Medical Emergency BMW Stopping Safely in a Medical Emergency

BMW engineers are developing a system that will safely bring a car to a controlled stop on the side of the road in a health-related emergency. The system automatically activates an autonomous driving mode when it detects that the driver has a serious medical problem, and carries out a controlled emergency stop. The car switches on the hazard warning lights and manoeuvres carefully – taking into account the traffic around it – to the outer edge of the road, before drawing to a...

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Sichuan Tengzhong To Buy Hummer Sichuan Tengzhong To Buy Hummer

Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd (Tengzhong) and General Motors Corp. today confirmed details of their proposed transaction, pursuant to which, Tengzhong, a major industrial machinery group, will acquire the rights to the premium off-road HUMMER brand, along with a senior management and operational team. It will also assume existing dealer agreements relating to HUMMER’s dealership network. It is contemplated that Tengzhong will, as part of the transaction, enter into a...

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Plug-in STELLA to Start Japan Sales Plug-in STELLA to Start Japan Sales

Subaru’s innovative electric car, the Plug-in STELLA, is going on sale in Japan, with deliveries starting from late July. Around 170 Plug-in STELLAs are expected to be sold over the next Japanese fiscal year, ending March 31, 2010. Powered by a high performance lithium-ion battery, the production four-door Plug-in STELLA offers up to 90 kilometres range.

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Mazda is Australia’s Number One Small Car Mazda is Australia’s Number One Small Car

Mazda3 continued to make in-roads with Australian new car buyers last month: The sleek, sporty and compact small car celebrated its best May ever as the country’s highest-selling small car and number two passenger car overall. According to VFACTS figures released today Mazda sold 3,038 Mazda3s in May, topping the small car sales tally for the third time this year with a 20.3 percent share in the sub $40k Small car segment.

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Stop Talking, Start Scrapping Says Suzuki Stop Talking, Start Scrapping Says Suzuki

Leading Australian car importer Suzuki has reiterated its call for the Australian government to introduce an automotive scrappage scheme. “We’ve been closely monitoring the results from countries that have introduced a scrappage scheme and cannot fathom why the idea meets with such resistance here,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers. “In the UK more than 35,000 vehicle orders were taken in the two weeks after introducing its scrappage subsidy. “In Germany, its scrappage...

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VACC Applauds Holden for Surviving GM Bankruptcy VACC Applauds Holden for Surviving GM Bankruptcy

VACC, the peak Automotive Industry body in Victoria, has applauded GM Holden Australia for being best placed to survive the global economic slowdown. Holden’s parent company, General Motors, has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States. It hopes to come out of bankruptcy protection within 60 to 90 days. Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, announced earlier today that it was ‘business as usual’ for the Australian manufacturer and that he anticipated...

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Court Approves Sale of Chrysler Operations to Fiat Court Approves Sale of Chrysler Operations to Fiat

Chrysler LLC today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, has approved its request to sell substantially all of its operations to Chrysler Group LLC, the new company formed in alliance with Fiat SpA. “With this approval, the new Chrysler Group is created and can prepare to launch as a vibrant new company formed with Fiat,” said Robert L. Nardelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chrysler LLC. “Through the hard work and foresight of many Chrysler...

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75 Years of BMW Roadsters 75 Years of BMW Roadsters

The style has changed, but not the content: "Many German motorists see motoring not just as a comfortable and fast means of transport, but also as a sporting activity. These are people who, once they see an aerodynamic car body with a long and sleek engine compartment, as well as a speedometer extending all the way to 150 km/h, feel that strong yearning for wide open roads simply perfect for driving fast, for Alpine passes just begging to be conquered, and for ompetitors so easy to...

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Buy a Mitsubishi Triton, Get a Goat Free Buy a Mitsubishi Triton, Get a Goat Free

In a drive to help the rural community stave off the recession, Mitsubishi Motors is supporting primary productivity by offering a free goat with every new Triton sold before August. “We firmly believe that New Zealand’s recovery is in the hands of the rural sector and they’re the people who are buying our utes,” said MMNZ general manager of sales and marketing Peter Wilkins. “Goats, like our Tritons, are hardy, versatile units, which will integrate directly into existing farm operations”....

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2009 Jaguar XF Police Car 2009 Jaguar XF Police Car

Jaguar UK has launched a high performance Police pursuit vehicle based on its award-winning XF Diesel S model. The first ever Police-spec XF is currently being evaluated by Police forces across the country. Geoff Cousins, UK Managing Director for Jaguar Cars, said: "Police forces are looking for vehicles that represent value for money, have good environmental credentials and deliver the power and performance required of a pursuit vehicle." The Jaguar XF beats other contenders...

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A New Step Forward for the Renault and Nissan Alliance A New Step Forward for the Renault and Nissan Alliance

“Over the last decade, we used the Alliance to develop win-win synergies between Renault and Nissan, and that approach worked well when both were profitable and growing,” says Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “Today, we have to move faster. Seeking synergies is no longer optional, but mandatory. We have assigned a group of experts to focus on building greater synergies to get us through the crisis and position us competitively for the future.”

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Volkswagen and BYD Possible Partners for Electric Technology Volkswagen and BYD Possible Partners for Electric Technology

Partnership in the area of electric mobility to be explored During an informational visit by the Chinese carmaker BYD "Build Your Dreams" - led by the Chairman of the Board of Management, Wang Chuanfu - a memorandum of understanding was signed last week by Mr Wang and Dr Winterkorn. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board for Technical Development at Volkswagen, insisted on personally providing the delegation of Chinese top managers with information. The visit, which took...

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German Prince Gets a Corvette ZR1 Delivered German Prince Gets a Corvette ZR1 Delivered

Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis, offspring of one of Germany’s old and wealthy noble families took delivery these days of a new Corvette ZR1 in Bonstetten, Switzerland. For successful race driver Prince Albert, the CORVETTE ZR1 , latest and most powerful product of the legendary American sports car brand, is a “must have” car. Corvette dealer Kurt Huber, co-owner of the well-established Corvette Sportcar Center, proudly handed over the keys of the 600plus horsepower vehicle to his famous...

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Volvo Game Launched Volvo Game Launched

Volvo - The Game: the exciting new challenge for everyone who enjoys racing games is being released today. It features all of Volvo's racing legends over the years and also introduces a new star: the Volvo S60 Concept. Just download the game, select your favorite Volvo and test your skills on one of the two highly authentic tracks. The game has been developed together with SimBin Studios. One person who will definitely play Volvo - The Game is Swedish racing star Robert Dahlgren. He has...

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Lotus Business is Bouyant Lotus Business is Bouyant

Despite the global downturn, Group Lotus business is buoyant with the introduction of the all-new car, the Evora, and increased contract engineering. Monday, 4th May 2009 saw the beginning of a two-week long press launch of the long-awaited new Lotus Evora at Loch Lomond in Scotland, a launch which has now been hailed as a huge success for the company. Long-awaited for most companies might be a few years, but for Lotus it is the first all-new car in 14 years and all staff are extremely...

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Hyundai Owners Love Their Cars Hyundai Owners Love Their Cars

Hyundai owners in North America placed the Sonata and Genesis at the top of their classes in AutoPacific’s 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) research. Both models won in highly competitive segments. The Sonata was the highest ranked Premium Mid-Size Car, beating out the segment-defining Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Genesis topped the Aspirational Luxury Car category for its affordable operating costs, value and extraordinary warranty.

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Daimler Acquires 10 Percent of Tesla Motors Daimler Acquires 10 Percent of Tesla Motors

Daimler AG has acquired an equity stake of nearly 10 percent of Tesla Motors Inc. This investment deepens the relationship between the inventor of the automobile and the newest member of the global auto industry. Tesla is the only production automaker selling a highway capable electric vehicle in North America and Europe. The two companies have already been working closely to integrate Tesla’s lithium-ion battery packs and charging electronics into the first 1,000 units of Daimler’s electric...

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Volkswagen Click Ride Portable Navigation Released Volkswagen Click Ride Portable Navigation Released

The time has come to put away your windscreen suction cup and power cable as the Volkswagen Genuine integration solution "Click & Ride" has arrived. The new “Click and Ride” portable navigation unit combines the advantages of a fixed integral navigation system with the flexibility of a portable device. By plugging the portable unit into the integration kit, which has been extensively tested according to Volkswagen criteria, the Garmin nuvi is safely and reliably positioned on the...

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Sabelt Abarth Corse Seats Sabelt Abarth Corse Seats

The new seat "Abarth Corse by Sabelt" is born: a technologically evolved product which is the result of the cooperation between two Italian brands, sharing the same sportsmanship and technological values. In fact, Abarth once more found the ideal partner in Sabelt in order to develop this new product, which confirms the goal of the Scorpion brand to transfer to all its customers the functionality, in terms of performance and safety, of the racing world. Designed by Sabelt Style...

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BMW Supports Obama's Proposal on Future Regulations BMW Supports Obama's Proposal on Future Regulations

The BMW Group is in agreement with the direction outlined today by President Obama and his Administration to have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation;s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) work together toward one national standard for regulating future greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. "The announcement today by President Obama is a major step in the right direction for automotive manufacturers in the United States such...

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Chrysler Response to National Standard Announcement Chrysler Response to National Standard Announcement

Chrysler welcomes the President’s announcement of a framework for a single national approach for fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. We thank the Administration for their leadership. Today’s announcement begins an important process of harmonizing state and federal fuel economy programs. Chrysler has long been an advocate for a national approach to fuel economy as the most effective way to help the nation achieve energy security and environmental sustainability. With regulatory clarity...

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Proton Plans To Expand With Australia's Lowest Priced Car Proton Plans To Expand With Australia's Lowest Priced Car

Proton Cars has announced a revitalised assault on the Australian car market and has signalled it will launch Australia's lowest priced sedan, which it believes will be the perfect answer to the current financial climate. In early 2010 Proton will launch Australia's lowest price sedan and is redoubling its efforts to rebuild and refresh its dealer network across the country. The company has severed ties with almost half its existing dealers and is now recruiting new high calibre dealers...

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Treasurer Continues LPG Conversion Rebate Treasurer Continues LPG Conversion Rebate

VACC, the peak Automotive Industry body in Victoria, has welcomed the Rudd Government’s continued endorsement of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Treasurer Wayne Swan announced a rebate reduction in his Federal Budget, but VACC does not believe this will have a negative impact on the Industry. “The current $2000 rebate continues for vehicles converted before June 30. As of July 1, it becomes $1750 per conversion and there will then be a series of further reductions until the rebate is $1000...

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Market for Premium Vehicles Will Continue to Grow Market for Premium Vehicles Will Continue to Grow

The BMW Group will continue to focus on individual mobility in the premium sector as part of its Strategy Number ONE. “The market for premium vehicles will continue to grow over the medium to long term,” stated Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Norbert Reithofer, at the Annual General Meeting in Munich on Thursday. For instance, premium vehicles account for only one to two percent of the total market in China – well below the level achieved in countries such as Germany. “But, in...

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Business Tax Break Provides a Boost for the Auto Industry Business Tax Break Provides a Boost for the Auto Industry

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has welcomed the passage of legislation that will provide a tax break for new investment, including the purchase of business vehicles. “The industry welcomes the timely, unhindered passage of this legislation,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said. Most businesses will be able to claim a bonus tax deduction of 30 per cent on the cost of a new vehicle acquired before 30...

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Audi, Premium Market Leader in Europe Audi, Premium Market Leader in Europe

AUDI AG further consolidated its market shares in April in key markets such as the USA and Western Europe. The brand with the four rings even set a new sales record in China. Though worldwide automobile sales decreased considerably in April, Audi sales fell by only 5.6 percent — and less than the competitors’ figures. “We have been receiving more orders thanks to new models like the Audi Q5, the recently launched A5 Cabriolet, and the A4 2.0 TDI e — the most efficient standard-size model on...

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GM Losses Hit $6bn GM Losses Hit $6bn

General Motors, which is attempting to stave off bankruptcy, made a loss of $6 billion and burned through $10.2 billion in cash during the first quarter of the year. GM said it was accelerating its restructuring after suffering the losses amid the continued slump in global car markets. The company is surviving on a US Government bail-out and has until June 1 to produce restructuring plans to satisfy the US president Barack Obama or face being forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Carmakers Volkswagen and Porsche to Merge Carmakers Volkswagen and Porsche to Merge

Carmaker Porsche says it has agreed a merger with fellow German manufacturer Volkswagen after weeks of talks between the two firms’ management. The luxury carmaker said in a statement that it wanted to see the ‘creation of an integrated car manufacturing group’. Volkswagen hailed the decision of the Porsche and Piech families, owners of the Porsche group who also have significant interests in Volkswagen, to create the merger. It will bring the nine Volkswagen-owned brands and Porsche into...

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Jaguar Talks Close to Collapse Jaguar Talks Close to Collapse

Talks between Jaguar Land Rover, the largest UK-based carmaker, and the Government on a package of financial support are close to collapse. JLR, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata, has been involved in discussions with the Government on guarantees on a £340 million loan from the European Investment Bank and a £400m financial aid package from state-backed banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. The carmaker has received what it was told was a final offer from the...

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Fears Grow Over Vauxhall’s Future Fears Grow Over Vauxhall’s Future

Fears are growing for the future of Vauxhall’s operations in the UK amid further claims in Germany that Fiat has a radical plan for closures if it succeeds in taking over GM Europe. GM Europe, the parent company of Vauxhall in the UK and Opel in Germany, is looking for investment from a third party. Fiat’s plans to buy GM Europe emerged over the weekend and reports in Germany have suggested that while plants there are safe, other GM Europe factories could close.

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GM Reveals Restructuring Plan Details GM Reveals Restructuring Plan Details

General Motors has outlined proposals to pay off its debts by issuing new shares that would effectively wipe out the holdings of its existing investors. GM said in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing: “There will be very substantial dilution to existing holders of GM common stock.” The plans are subject to discussions with the US Treasury department.

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Porsche to Decide Sale Within 24 Hours Porsche to Decide Sale Within 24 Hours

The Porsche family will decide tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6) whether to sell the sports car manufacturer to Volkswagen for €11 billion. Wolfgang Porsche, Ferdinand Piech and the other three most important owner representatives will meet then to discuss how to solve the financial problems of the firm after failing to reach an agreement last week.

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Fiat Could Buy Vauxhall and Opel Fiat Could Buy Vauxhall and Opel

Italian carmaker Fiat is in talks about buying the European business of General Motors (GM) - which includes the UK’s Vauxhall and Germany’s Opel brands. Fiat is already taking a 20% stake in Chrysler, the US carmaker that has applied for US bankruptcy protection. And it said it was considering merging its carmaking business with those of Chrysler and GM Europe in what is being viewed as a long-awaited major consolidation of the global motor industry. Saab is also part of GM Europe,...

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High-Beam Assist Paves Way for New Headlamp Technologies High-Beam Assist Paves Way for New Headlamp Technologies

Gentex Corporation, the leading supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry, announced today that it has shipped its one-millionth SmartBeam® High-Beam Assist system and expanded the SmartBeam product line to include new levels of camera-based forward-lighting functionality. SmartBeam is a first-of-its-kind headlamp automation feature that uses a custom CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor and algorithmic decision-making to...

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Honda Teams Up with the Science Museum to Showcase Insight Honda Teams Up with the Science Museum to Showcase Insight

Honda’s all-new Insight is being put to work by the Science Museum. The more affordable hybrid car will be an example of environmental technology used by the museum on a daily basis as part of a drive to improve the museum’s energy efficiency. Donning a bright livery that explains its petrol-electric hybrid technology and regenerative braking, the Insight has been transformed into an educational display that is functional too. It will be used to chauffeur VIP guests around the museum’s...

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Hyundai’s New CEO Mr. Lee Takes Over from Mr. Yeo Hyundai’s New CEO Mr. Lee Takes Over from Mr. Yeo

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has announced that Mr. Edward Lee will take over as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately, succeeding Mr. Steve Yeo, who has been reassigned to a senior position at Hyundai Motor Company’s Seoul headquarters. Mr. Lee headed Hyundai Automotive Group’s Corporate Audit Group and during his career he has worked extensively within a number of overseas operations. There will be no transition period as both Mr. Lee’s and Mr. Yeo’s new positions take effect...

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Hyundai Moves up to 5th Best Selling Brand Hyundai Moves up to 5th Best Selling Brand

Following a strong 1st quarter performance, Hyundai has continued its progressive growth in April. Hyundai was the only top 10 brand to post a sales increase in both April as well as the first four months of 2009 compared with the same period last year, realising a 12.3% (April 2009 v. April 2008) and 12.2% (April YTD 2009 v. April YTD 2008) increase. Market share for the first four months of 2009 was 6.1% with 16,895 cars sold.

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Fall in April New Vehicle Sales Fall in April New Vehicle Sales

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 63,965 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in April 2009 – down 23.9 per cent (20,096 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2008. “While the figures confirm that market conditions remain soft, the extent of the fall has been compounded by the timing of the Easter holidays,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

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Business as Usual at Chrysler Australia Business as Usual at Chrysler Australia

It’s business as usual at Chrysler Australia after Chrysler LLC overnight announced a proposed strategic alliance with Fiat SpA and filed for protected restructuring, under Chapter 11 of the United States bankruptcy provisions, as part on-going organisational changes. Chrysler’s international operations are not part of any bankruptcy filing, including Australia and New Zealand. Chrysler Australia will continue to provide quality motor vehicles, parts and services to Australian consumers...

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Honda at Agfest in Launceston Honda at Agfest in Launceston

Honda – the world’s biggest engine manufacturer – will showcase over 70 products from its huge range at this month’s Agfest in Launceston from May 7-9. The main feature of the Honda stand will be vehicles from the exciting 2009 Honda range including the all-new City, Civic Si and Odyssey. Honda’s stand will include cars, motorcycles, ATVs, outboards, personal watercraft, generators, tillers and brush-cutters, including the new BF60 marine outboard motor making its Australian debut on...

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Honda Insight Off to a Flying Start in the UK Honda Insight Off to a Flying Start in the UK

With only a few days remaining in its first month of sales, the Honda Insight is outselling its competitors in the hybrid market. Since the affordable hybrid car went on sale on 4 April, 229 Insights have been sold in the UK, ahead of its nearest rival the Toyota Prius (198 units). Together with Civic Hybrid (79 units), Honda (UK) has sold 308 hybrid family cars this month, despite April being known as one of the quietest months in the sales calendar.

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Chrysler and Fiat Announce Global Strategic Alliance Chrysler and Fiat Announce Global Strategic Alliance

Chrysler LLC announced that, as a result of the comprehensive restructuring plan agreed to by many of its stakeholders, it has reached an agreement in principle to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat SpA to form a vibrant new company. It will allow Chrysler and Fiat to fully optimize their respective manufacturing footprints and the global supplier base, while providing each with access to additional markets. Fiat powertrains and components will also be produced at Chrysler...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI Online Video Game Launched 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI Online Video Game Launched

Ahead of the UK launch of the new Golf GTI on May 22, Volkswagen has constructed a Scalextric track on an epic scale inside a hangar to lend armchair (or office chair) enthusiasts the chance to race the new hot hatch online and against the clock. The 30ft by 25ft track is the work of a team of 60 modellers and features over 200 scale buildings. It forms the basis for the ‘GTI Project', a new online game through which you can control the 1:43 scale Golf GTI as it negotiates the hairpins,...

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1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601 to get Auctioned 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601 to get Auctioned

1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe Beat Ferrari to Capture First U.S. Victory in World Manufacturer’s Championship High performance collector car specialists Mecum Auction will offer collectors a chance to own a piece of American race history when they auction the 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601 at the 22nd Dana Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction taking place May 13-17, 2009, in Indianapolis, Ind. And when this Crown Jewel of American Racing powers across the auction block, Mecum...

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F-CELL Roadster on the Historic Route of Bertha Benz F-CELL Roadster on the Historic Route of Bertha Benz

The F-CELL Roadster built by apprentices at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen covered a section of the historic route taken by Bertha Benz on the past weekend. Starting in Mannheim, the fuel cell powered car was driven via Ladenburg and Heidelberg. The symbolic passing of the finish line was at the chemist's shop in Wiesloch, where Bertha Benz stopped to refuel during the first long-distance journey in automobile history in 1888. "This trip by the F-CELL Roadster is symbolic of...

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BMW BAVARIA Cruiser 55 BMW BAVARIA Cruiser 55

In January 2009, the BAVARIA Yachtbau GmbH announced BMW Group DesignworksUSA as their new design associate and commissioned the global design consultancy and subsidiary of the BMW Group to support the Giebelstadt boat builder in the realignment of its product portfolio. DesignworksUSA operates in a multitude of industries both for the parent company’s three brands as well as for external customers. Together with BAVARIA the consultancy had presented their debut joint project, the Deep Blue 46,...

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GM Confirms Pontiac Brand Will Phase Out by 2010 GM Confirms Pontiac Brand Will Phase Out by 2010

General Motors (NYSE: GM) today presented an updated Viability Plan that will speed the reinvention of GM's U.S. operations into a leaner, more customer-focused, and more cost-competitive automaker. The Viability Plan is included in an exchange offer whereby GM is offering certain bondholders shares of GM common stock and accrued interest in exchange for certain outstanding notes.

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Unknown Audi Model to be Unveiled Unknown Audi Model to be Unveiled

The brand with the four rings will kick off the celebrations marking its 100th birthday with a grand opening ceremony at the Audi Forum Ingolstadt on July 16. The ceremony, which will be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will launch a four-day series of events. The premium manufacturer with the slogan “Vorsprung durch Technik” will mark its centennial by once again offering a compelling demonstration of its core competencies – attractive design and innovative technology. A world...

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Volkswagen to Produce the New Small Family in Slovakia Volkswagen to Produce the New Small Family in Slovakia

Decision on production location taken/total investment of 308 million euros in Bratislava plant. Europe's largest carmaker, Volkswagen, has set its course for the future. Yesterday, a decision on the production location for the future New Small Family was taken. Professor Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft: "Our team at Volkswagen in Slovakia is ideally prepared to provide the flexibility required for the production of the New...

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VACC Supports Senators Push to Protect Independent Fuel Retailers VACC Supports Senators Push to Protect Independent Fuel Retailers

VACC, the peak automotive industry body in Victoria, has supported claims that consumers are paying too much for petrol because the Labor Government is unwilling to take on the major oil companies and their supermarket partners. Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon and National’s Leader in the Senate, Barnaby Joyce are to jointly introduce legislation in Parliament, during the next sitting, designed to protect independent fuel retailers from predatory pricing.

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Volvo PC Racing Game Volvo PC Racing Game

Volvo Car Corporation and multiple award winning Swedish game studio, SimBin Development Team, announces that "Volvo - The Game" will be released at the end of May. The game will be free of charge. The fresh and exiting Volvo S60 Concept headlines the car line up and will be accompanied by several well known Volvo race cars. The players will be able to hammer this variety of Volvo cars around two highly detailed and realistic tracks.

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Auto Facility Investment Improves Competitiveness Auto Facility Investment Improves Competitiveness

The new $20 million Advanced Centre for Automotive Research and Testing (ACART) at Ford's Proving Ground and the University of Melbourne will increase the competitiveness of Australia's automotive industry through the availability of world-class emissions, environmental and engine development facilities. The development of a multi-fuel emissions cell, an environmental testing laboratory and an engine dynamometer facility provides Australian automotive companies and suppliers with access to...

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Laurens van den Acker, Vice President of Renault Corporate Design Laurens van den Acker, Vice President of Renault Corporate Design

After 22 years with Renault, Patrick le Quément, Senior Vice President of Renault Corporate Design, member of the Renault Management Committee, will leave the company on October 30. In September, Laurens van den Acker will be appointed Vice President of Renault Corporate Design and replace Patrick le Quément. He will report to Patrick Pélata, Chief Operating Officer.

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Motorcycle Sales Fall During First Quarter Motorcycle Sales Fall During First Quarter

Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 26,241 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold to the end of March – a 15.5 per cent decline compared to the same period in 2008. “There are signs that the motorcycle market has softened in the past three months, however it has to be remembered that it is being compared to the record sales result of 2008,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said. “There are obvious financial benefits of...

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Lexus L Finesse at Milan Design Week Lexus L Finesse at Milan Design Week

Lexus will return to the Milan Design Week this year with an art exhibition entitled ‘Lexus L-finesse - crystallized wind -’, a combination of Lexus L-finesse design philosophy and the very finest in contemporary art, architecture and design elements from Japan. The exhibition will take place in Milan’s Museo della Permanente art gallery from 22 to 26 April as part of the world’s largest design exhibition, the Salone del Mobile di Milano. Ground-breaking Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto...

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Hyundai America Technical Center Names Phillip Zak Chief Designer Hyundai America Technical Center Names Phillip Zak Chief Designer

Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) announced that Phillip Zak has been named chief designer of the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif. Zak will be responsible for new vehicle and concept design for Hyundai. "Phillip's strong experience in working across multiple regions and his leadership role on advanced projects was exactly what we were looking for," said C.K. Park, president, HATCI. "We are thrilled to have Phillip Zak as chief designer for Hyundai and...

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Ford Announces Successful Debt Reduced by $9.9 billion Ford Announces Successful Debt Reduced by $9.9 billion

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced today the successful completion of debt restructuring initiatives that will reduce Ford's Automotive debt by $9.9 billion from $25.8 billion at December 31, 2008, and lower Ford's annual cash interest expense by more than $500 million based on current interest rates. "By substantially reducing our debt, Ford is taking another step toward creating an exciting, viable enterprise," said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally. "As with our...

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VW-Porsche 914 Celebrates Anniversary VW-Porsche 914 Celebrates Anniversary

VW-Porsche Sales Company established Forty Years Ago Everything remained very quiet when today's Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG established VW-Porsche-Vertriebsgesellschaft mbh, the VW-Porsche Sales Company, together with Volkswagenwerk AG, as it was called at the time, in April 1969. Holding stock capital of DM 5 million, the new company launched the strategy of success for two sports cars still carefully held back from the public pending their final presentation: the VW-Porsche 914 and 914/6.

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Shift Changes Protect Holden Jobs Shift Changes Protect Holden Jobs

GM Holden will move to a single shift, two crew operation with no retrenchments at its vehicle production plant in Elizabeth, South Australia. The new shift pattern comes into effect on 4 May in response to global economic conditions and falling volumes across the sector. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, said the change would enable the company to preserve jobs ahead of the introduction of Holden’s new small, fuel efficient four cylinder small car in 2010. The new...

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Chrysler LLC Forms Strategic Alliance for ENVI Electric Vehicles Chrysler LLC Forms Strategic Alliance for ENVI Electric Vehicles

Chrysler LLC today announced one of its strategic partners and production battery supplier for the company’s first production electric vehicles. Chrysler LLC and A123Systems have signed an agreement stating that A123Systems will supply energy storage systems for Chrysler’s first-generation ENVI Range-extended Electric Vehicles and battery only Electric Vehicles. A123Systems is an American battery supplier with plans for a Michigan-based production facility. “This is a great example of two...

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Strong Sales Pave the Way for New Generation Mazda3 Strong Sales Pave the Way for New Generation Mazda3

Mazda Australia celebrates the arrival of its New Generation Mazda3 with record market share for the first three months of the year. According to March VFACTS figures Mazda has achieved a year-to-date market share of 8.9 percent. This new benchmark is up 0.7 percentage points on the previous record set in the same month last year. Mazda has reinforced its position as the country’s top-selling full-line vehicle importer and has retailed 19,024 new cars so far this year.

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Mercedes-Benz Discounts Servicing for the C-Class Mercedes-Benz Discounts Servicing for the C-Class

From now until the end of December this year owners of the popular W 203 model Mercedes-Benz C-Class can enjoy reduced pricing for scheduled maintenance servicing on their car. Customers who own either a C-Class sedan, estate or sports coupé from the previous-model Mercedes-Benz C-Class model series (built between 2000 and 2007) will pay no more than the rates detailed below for standard Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Servicing at any participating authorised Mercedes-Benz dealership.

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Audi Claims its Most Successful Sales Quarter in History Audi Claims its Most Successful Sales Quarter in History

Audi Australia has achieved its most successful sales quarter in the company’s history, maintaining its position as the fastest growing premium brand in the country. March sales of 846 vehicles, up from 809 in 2008, have helped to propel Audi to its most successful quarter, following on from extremely strong months in January and February. This takes the total number of vehicles sold year-to-date to 2,733, a growth of 5.2%, compared with 2,599 sold in the first quarter of 2008. This upward...

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Aston Martin and Bang & Olufsen Announce DB9 Sound System Aston Martin and Bang & Olufsen Announce DB9 Sound System

Aston Martin and Bang & Olufsen are proud to introduce BeoSound DB9, a bespoke audio system developed and designed exclusively as an option for the Aston Martin DB9. BeoSound DB9 marks the next chapter in the acclaimed collaboration between the two brands, which began with the BeoSound DBS in 2008. BeoSound DB9 continues a tradition of innovation established by two brands with an unrivalled history of design and engineering excellence within their respective fields. "Aston Martin...

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Subaru Sales up 18.4% in March Subaru Sales up 18.4% in March

Subaru sales of 3415 vehicles in March were up 18.4 per cent over the same month last year, according to official VFACTS figures released today. Subaru’s market share for the month was 4.5 per cent, compared to 3.2 per cent last March. Year-to-date, Subaru’s market share is 4.4 per cent, against 3.9 per cent this time last year. Sales of 1323 Foresters increased 84.8 per cent over last March, giving it a 19.5 per cent share of the Compact SUV category. While sales in the segment are...

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Honda Cancels Participation in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Honda Cancels Participation in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

Honda has announced today that it will not participate in IAA, Internationale Automobil Ausstellung, known as Frankfurt motor show, this year. Due to the unprecedented market downturn, Honda has come to a conclusion that the company will have to skip its participation to the Frankfurt motor show this year. As seen in the withdrawal from Formula One, Honda is trying to reduce every possible cost in various areas including manufacturing, sales and marketing activities to strengthen its...

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Acura Achieves Another Historic First in Safety Testing Acura Achieves Another Historic First in Safety Testing

For the first time in the history of automotive safety crash testing, an automobile nameplate has simultaneously earned top government and IIHS safety ratings for every vehicle in its line-up. On March 25, 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA*), as part of its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, awarded the all-new 2009 Acura TL performance luxury sedan a 5-Star rating - its top rating - for side impact crash safety for both front and rear passenger seating...

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Ikuo Maeda to Head Up Mazda Global Design Team Ikuo Maeda to Head Up Mazda Global Design Team

Ikuo Maeda has been appointed General Manager of Mazda Motor Corporation’s Design Division, effective April 1, 2009. He will lead a global design team, responsible for the overall design and styling of all Mazda global products. He will be based at the company’s world headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. He replaces Laurens van den Acker, who has decided to leave Mazda to pursue other interests. Van den Acker will remain at Mazda until April 10 to ensure a smooth transition. Prior to...

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Peter Horbury New Head of Design at Volvo Car Corportation Peter Horbury New Head of Design at Volvo Car Corportation

Volvo Car Corporation has appointed Peter Horbury as new Vice President of Design. He replaces Steve Mattin, who has elected to leave the company. Effective May 1, Peter Horbury, will assume responsibility for the division of Product Design within Volvo Cars. He will lead the next stage of the development of Volvo Cars' design language. Horbury is currently Executive Director of Design, Ford Motor Company, responsible for the design strategy and execution of all Ford, Lincoln and Mercury...

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Honda Develops World's First Brain Machine Interface Honda Develops World's First Brain Machine Interface

Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world's first*1 Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any...

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Porsche Records Profits Porsche Records Profits

After the first six months of the current 2008/09 business year (August 1, 2009 to January 31, 2009), Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, has posted profits before taxes of EUR 7.34 billion; this compares with EUR 1.66 billion in the same period of the previous year. The principal reason for this dramatic increase is the positive contribution to profits from cash-settled share option transactions by which Porsche participates in changes in the stock exchange price of VW shares. This...

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Toyota Recommends Servicing for Safer Holiday Motoring Toyota Recommends Servicing for Safer Holiday Motoring

With families looking at more affordable holidays this year, Toyota Australia believes road trips will be on the rise and says vehicles need to be prepared. Taking a few preventative maintenance measures to ensure Toyotas - both old and new - run smoothly and efficiently will save Toyota owners money in the longer term. "Of course, the best thing Toyota owners can do for the family before travelling any significant distance by road is to book their vehicle in for a service, if a...

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Achieve Record Sales Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Achieve Record Sales

Despite the difficult background conditions in the second half of 2008 Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sold more vehicles than ever before and also achieved new record values in turnover and operative profit. “All in all, 2008 was a very good year for our brand” emphasized Mr Stephan Schaller, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, on Wednesday at the annual press conference in Hanover. However, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles could not escape the effects of the dramatic worldwide drop in demand...

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Isuzu Ute Ups D-MAX Sales and Dealers in its First Half Year Isuzu Ute Ups D-MAX Sales and Dealers in its First Half Year

Car market relative newcomer Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has increased sales of its well-reputed Isuzu D-MAX diesel one-tonne ute and cab/chassis range every month in its first six months of operation, while upping its retail outlets to over 60 dealers nationwide. Dealer signings into the national Isuzu UTE network have swelled from 38 at launch early last October to 61 currently. Isuzu UTE Australia managing director Hitoshi Kono said IUA bucked the recent downward trend of most auto...

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Restructuring Plans Rejected, GM Respond Restructuring Plans Rejected, GM Respond

GM Statement on Auto Industry Restructuring: Today's announcement by President Obama begins a new era for the U.S. auto industry. It also marks a defining moment in the history of General Motors. The U.S. Treasury will provide working financing capital for GM for 60 days while GM completes a more accelerated and aggressive restructuring to put the company on sound long-term financial footing. We understand the historic opportunity this presents, and we are fully committed to successfully...

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Obama Requests GM CEO Rick Wagoner to Resign Obama Requests GM CEO Rick Wagoner to Resign

GM Message from Rick Wagoner: On Friday I was in Washington for a meeting with Administration officials. In the course of that meeting, they requested that I "step aside" as CEO of GM, and so I have. Fritz Henderson is an excellent choice to be the next CEO of GM. Having worked closely with Fritz for many years, I know that he is the ideal person to lead the company through the completion of our restructuring efforts. His knowledge of the global industry and the company are...

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Chrysler Respond to the Announcement by the Administration Chrysler Respond to the Announcement by the Administration

Today marks an important milestone for Chrysler LLC. We are encouraged by the commitments of the Administration, U.S. Treasury and President’s Auto Task Force to the American automobile industry and Chrysler’s viability, with a Fiat alliance. We are pleased that Chrysler, Fiat and Cerberus have reached agreement on a framework of a global alliance, supported by the U.S. Treasury. Chrysler has consistently said that the alliance with Fiat enhances its business model that expands its global...

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Opel and Royal College of Arts to Design Future Mobility Opel and Royal College of Arts to Design Future Mobility

In celebration of the 40th year of the UK's Royal College of Art (RCA) Vehicle Design course, Opel is sponsoring a competition for students. Their task: Design what the future of Opel mobility might look like in 40 years. Some 19 students from 11 countries, including Germany, the UK, France, the Czech Republic, India and China are participating in the challenge. Students must identify the potential customer of tomorrow and use their profile to develop a vision of future mobility. Finally,...

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Recognizes its 10-Year Anniversary Renault-Nissan Alliance Recognizes its 10-Year Anniversary

Signed on March 27, 1999, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has built a unique business model that has created significant value for both companies. For 10 years, employees at Renault and Nissan have worked as partners with attitudes of mutual respect and company pride while keeping separate brands and corporate identities. “From the beginning, the Alliance has been based on the premise of trust and the pursuit of strategies aimed at profitable growth,” says Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of...

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Audi 225 Front Roadster at the Techno Classica Audi 225 Front Roadster at the Techno Classica

Audi is taking an outstanding display of its cars to the world's largest classic car show, the Techno Classica, which is held in the German city of Essen. To commemorate the centenary of the brand, Audi Tradition will have exclusively Audi models on its stand in Hall 7 from April 5, 2009 onwards. The absolute highlight, reconstruction of which has just been completed, is the 1935 Audi 225 Front Roadster. It is on loan for the occasion from the recently opened special exhibition "Horch - an...

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Porsche Secures 10 Billion Credit Line Porsche Secures 10 Billion Credit Line

Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, finalised negotiations to secure a new credit facility of Euro ten billion to redeem a credit of the same size. The credit framework contract allows Porsche to extend the volume to Euro 12.5 billion in the forthcoming weeks. In the wake of the extremely difficult global economic environment and the turbulences in the bond market banks needed additional assessment, thus resulting in a need for extra time. In addition to that, the new consortium includes...

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IIHS Introduces New Roof Strength Crash Testing IIHS Introduces New Roof Strength Crash Testing

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is launching a new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to be put to the test. Only 4 earn the top rating of good. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the strongest rated roof and the Kia Sportage has the weakest among the 2008-09 models evaluated. This new rating system is based on Institute research showing that occupants in rollover crashes benefit from...

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Aabar Investments to Become a Major Daimler Shareholder Aabar Investments to Become a Major Daimler Shareholder

Daimler AG (stock-exchange abbreviation DAI) welcomes Aabar Investments PJSC (Aabar) of Abu Dhabi, as a major investor. Daimler increases the share capital by approx. 10% with exclusion of subscription rights of existing shareholders. After acquiring all new shares, Aabar will hold approx. 9.1% of the new share capital. The capital increase was approved by Daimler's Supervisory Board today. Aabar is an investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi and is listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities...

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2010 British Motor Show Cancelled 2010 British Motor Show Cancelled

Following a thorough consultation with the UK motor industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2010 British International Motor Show. SMMT, with the support of the UK motor industry, remains committed to showcasing the achievements and products of the automotive sector. However, the economic downturn and the unprecedented challenges facing the industry both in the UK and around the world, have made it impossible for...

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Change of Plans for Mitsubishi Motors in Europe Change of Plans for Mitsubishi Motors in Europe

Taking into consideration the structural nature of the crisis the world economy is going through and, therefore, its lasting impact on all stakeholders in the automotive industry, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has decided to act pro-actively with structural changes in its organisation to better prepare for tomorrow. A first example was the recent consolidation of its Design & Engineering functions to a central location in Japan, reflecting a fundamental shift in its long-term...

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New Volkswagen Golf Gets Highest Safety as Standard New Volkswagen Golf Gets Highest Safety as Standard

Once again the latest Golf has received five stars in the EuroNCAP evaluation: the European crash test programme awarded the new Golf the highest score of five stars, even according to the stricter and more comprehensive assessment criteria. Furthermore, the Golf received the highest overall rating of any vehicle. In the latest rating of the EuroNCAP all safety and assistant systems of the individual vehicles are now being assessed. Up until now, safety systems such as the Electronic Stability...

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Mercedes-Benz Congratulates Victorian Government on New Regulation Amendments Mercedes-Benz Congratulates Victorian Government on New Regulation Amendments

Mercedes-Benz has today congratulated the Victorian government’s decision to amend its current rules governing the types of cars young and probationary licence-holders are allowed to drive. The changes will allow young Victorian ‘P-Plate’ drivers access to some of the safest modern cars available in Australia today, many of which were previously deemed ‘High Performance Vehicles’ (HPVs) because they were fitted with a turbo- or supercharger. The issue has been an important one for...

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Audi Gets Best-Ever Vehicle Sales and Revenue for 2008 Audi Gets Best-Ever Vehicle Sales and Revenue for 2008

Despite the already noticeable effects of the financial downturn, the Audi Group ended the 2008 fiscal year with yet more record-breaking figures for production, vehicle deliveries, revenue and profit. “With our 13th successive deliveries record, 2008 was the most successful fiscal year in the history of our company.We have been steadily improving our productivity in recent years, and the main financial figures for 2008 reflect this.These positive effects make it easier for us to respond...

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100 Years of Suzuki Excellence 100 Years of Suzuki Excellence

In its 100 year history, Suzuki has developed an outstanding reputation for manufacturing a range of cars, 4WDs, motorcycles and marine products offering excellent value for money and exceptional reliability. Continually striving to improve the breed through competition motorsport, Suzuki has racked up a string of world titles on two and four wheels and is now one of the 10 largest automotive manufacturers on the planet. However, like most great companies, Suzuki’s genesis was humble in...

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World's First Rear-seat Center Airbag Developed by Toyota World's First Rear-seat Center Airbag Developed by Toyota

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces it has developed a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) rear-seat center airbag-the first*1 in the world-to help reduce the severity of secondary injuries incurred by rear-seat passengers in a side-on collision. The new airbag is fitted in a large, fixed, rear-seat center console that comes in a version of a Toyota model to be launched in Japan in the near future. When the vehicle is hit side-on, the airbag deploys from the top of the console to act as...

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1000th Ferrari in Hong Kong 1000th Ferrari in Hong Kong

A special ceremony to mark the 1,000th Ferrari delivered in Hong Kong took place in Victoria Harbour yesterday. Over 65 international media from Hong Kong, Macau and the adjacent markets participated in this significant milestone for Ferrari in the Asia-Pacific region. From the first Ferrari delivered to a Hong Kong customer in the early 1960's, now, some 45 years later, this 1,000th car is a new 612 Scaglietti ‘One-To-One', the flagship of the current Ferrari range which was specially...

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BMW Thermaltake Gaming Industry Level 10 Concept Case BMW Thermaltake Gaming Industry Level 10 Concept Case

The gaming industry – a sector that can deservedly adorn itself with attributes such as visionary creativity, innovation and progressiveness. However, who inspires the gaming industry and how does one set trends in a sector that is in itself the embodiment of progressive thinking and imaginativeness? One answer to that question is currently being given by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, with the presentation of a design concept for a high-end gaming tower prototype that was inspired by the gaming...

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Porsche 917 40th Anniversary Porsche 917 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago on March 13, 1969 at the Geneva International Motor Show, today's Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche unveiled a car that, even by today's standards, is underestimated when it is described as the “super sports car”: The Porsche 917. It became a legend as one of the fastest and most successful racing cars of all time. Porsche fired the starting shot for Project 917 in June 1968, after the international motor sports authority or FIA had announced a class of “homologated sports cars” with...

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250,000th Porsche Cayenne Produced 250,000th Porsche Cayenne Produced

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has today produced the 250,000th Cayenne at its Leipzig plant. The milestone vehicle is a white, 6-cylinder model with a diesel engine that will be delivered to a customer in Austria. The Cayenne, an sporty SUV, has been produced in Leipzig since 2002. “The introduction of the Cayenne as the third model in the series was an important strategic step for Porsche. The five-seater is not only a great addition to the range for our many long-term Porsche...

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New Vehicle Sales Fall 21.9% in February New Vehicle Sales Fall 21.9% in February

Official VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 70,241 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in February 2009 – down 21.9 per cent (19,657 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2008. “This result is consistent with the trend of recent months and reflects the impact of broader economic conditions on the new vehicle market,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said. The industry is urging potential car buyers to consider...

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Hyundai Sales Lift in February Hyundai Sales Lift in February

Following a strong start to the year with a market share of 5.5% in January, Hyundai Motor Company Australia has continued its strategic market growth in February. With 4,151 vehicles sold, Hyundai achieved a 5.9% market share in February, the company’s highest result since the factory owned subsidiary was set-up in late 2003 (the last time Hyundai cars had achieved a market share of 5.9% was December 2001). Hyundai was the only volume brand to post a sales increase in February compared...

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