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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroen Closer Towards Electric Vehicles Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroen Closer Towards Electric Vehicles

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and PSA Peugeot Citroen announced today that both companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding collaboration on electric vehicles based on a vehicle currently under development by MMC in Japan. In June 2008, both companies started a feasibility study of the development, manufacture and use of an electric powertrain for small urban vehicles. The companies have now reached an understanding that will allow PSA to partner with MMC for the...

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Motor Show Joint Venture Agreement Signed Motor Show Joint Venture Agreement Signed

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), organisers of the Sydney Motor Show and VACC, organisers of the Melbourne Motor Show, today signed the new Motor Show Joint Venture agreement. At the opening of the 2009 Melbourne Motor Show, FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar, FCAI President and GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Reuss, and Perce Makin, Chair of the Organising Committee of Australian Automotive Week, and VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, signed the...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Audi in 2009 Celebrating 100 Years of Audi in 2009

This year, German luxury carmaker, Audi, is celebrating its centenary. In the past 100 years the Audi brand has produced a constant stream of groundbreaking innovations. On many occasions it has set pulses racing – with passion, commitment and an absolute belief in what is technically possible. This is the engine behind the brand’s philosophy ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’. The Audi company was established by August Horch on 16 July 1909 in Zwickau, Saxony. The four rings of the Audi badge...

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New Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Plant in Pune, India New Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Plant in Pune, India

Mercedes-Benz India today formally inaugurated its new manufacturing plant in Chakan, Pune. The new facility was completed within 13 months from the start of construction - among the fastest green-field projects to be created. With an area of 100 acres of land and independent assembly facilities for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, the infrastructure was created to address future expansion needs, underscoring the long-term growth plans of the company in India.

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Ford's Romeo Engine Plant Produces 10 Millionth Engine Ford's Romeo Engine Plant Produces 10 Millionth Engine

After years of delivering power to two of Ford Motor Company's iconic products, the Ford F-150 and Mustang, Romeo Engine Plant has reached a historic milestone – the production of its 10 millionth engine. The 10 millionth engine, a 4.6 liter 3-valve V-8, will be shipped to AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Mich., to be installed in a new 2010 Mustang GT. The V-8 engines manufactured at the plant build on two of Ford's strengths – capability for the Ford F-150, the best-selling...

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Porsche Design Mobile Phone P'9522 Porsche Design Mobile Phone P'9522

Porsche Design Group (Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG) is introducing its new mobile phone P'9522. The mobile phone, available now in Porsche Design Stores and in specialist shops, is blending a linear shape with innovative communications technology. The Porsche Design P'9522 is milled from a single solid aluminum block and a single sheet of scratchproof glass, its finish is pure and sleek. The rough, raw materials used to build the P'9522 have been crafted to...

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Lacma Hosts Four BMW Art Cars by Warhol Lacma Hosts Four BMW Art Cars by Warhol

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents an installation of BMW Art Cars designed by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg from February 12-24, 2009. The cars will be on view in the BP Grand Entrance, an admission-free area of the museum's campus. LACMA is the first U.S. venue in a major worldwide tour of the cars; they next appear in New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal, March 24-April 6, before heading to a three-city museum tour in...

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Honda Australia Pledges Support to Bushfire Appeal Honda Australia Pledges Support to Bushfire Appeal

The Honda Foundation announced this afternoon that it will donate $200,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, to help rebuild the shattered lives of many Victorians who lost everything in the devastating fires that hit Victoria, Saturday February 7th 2009. Honda Foundation Chairman Mr. Lindsay Smalley said, “Honda Australia and our dealer network around Australia are shocked and saddened at the destruction and loss of life and hope this donation will go some way to assist those in...

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Nissan Donates to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Funds Nissan Donates to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Funds

Nissan Australia, the regional importer and distributor of Nissan commercial and passenger vehicles, together with its parent company Nissan Motor Co. in Japan, today announced it will be donating the initial sum of $100,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund. The Management Operating Committee at Nissan Australia met and agreed to take immediate action to support the communities affected. Nissan in Japan and Nissan Australia (headquartered in Dandenong, Victoria) will each commit...

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Audi Supports Victorian Lord Mayor Bushfire Appeal Audi Supports Victorian Lord Mayor Bushfire Appeal

Today at 12 noon, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, held a press conference to announce a bushfire appeal with a $1 million emergency donation from the City of Melbourne and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF). As a major supporter of the LMCF, Audi joined the appeal with a significant contribution for the bushfire victims, a move which was welcomed by the Lord Mayor. 100 per cent of money donated by the LMCF, including Audi’s support, will go to charities working on the...

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Ford Supports Bushfire Appeal with Vehicle Auction Ford Supports Bushfire Appeal with Vehicle Auction

A Ford Mondeo XR5 Turbo will be auctioned during tonight's cricket telecast on Channel 9 as part of the company's comprehensive efforts to support the victims of Victoria's recent bushfires. All proceeds from the auction will be donated directly to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal. Bidders can access the auction via Cricket Australia's website at www.cricket.com.au. The auction will supplement the company's other bushfire relief efforts, including the donation of four (4) new Ford Ranger 4x4...

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1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa to Break World Auction Record 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa to Break World Auction Record

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, will present one of the most historically significant and valuable Ferrari racing cars ever offered at auction, the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 TR (chassis no. 0714TR), when the famed Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event returns to Maranello, May 17, 2009. Held during the final stretch of the famous Mille Miglia retrospective, the exclusive annual event will offer an unprecedented collection of historic Ferraris for auction. Considered one of the most...

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Citroen a New Era Citroen a New Era

Today, at 90 years of age, and on the birthday of its founder, Andre Citroen, French car manufacturer CITROEN is turning a new page in its history, and begins a global brand project that encompasses a new visual identity, a new relationship with its customers and an exciting new line of automotive products. In a difficult economic climate, and in a period of changing relationships between customers and brands, CITROEN is taking action and reinventing itself. The Marque aims to pursue the...

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'E-Class Evolution' at the Mercedes-Benz Museum 'E-Class Evolution' at the Mercedes-Benz Museum

Ahead of the release of the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany is showing a major special exhibition: the history of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. This special exhibition runs from 3 February to 27 September 2009 and is being presented in the museum’s Collection 5. "We are breaking new ground with this unusual special exhibition," says Michael Bock, Managing Director of the Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH. "For the first time Collection 5, otherwise...

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BMW Claims All-Wheel Drive Lead BMW Claims All-Wheel Drive Lead

Sales of all-wheel drive equipped BMW’s reached a record high in Australia last year, and BMW retained the mantle of world’s most successful supplier of all-wheel drive automobiles, moving significantly ahead of its main competitors. Over 323,000 vehicles fitted with the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive were sold throughout the world, including a record 4,929 vehicles in Australia. Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the system’s superior qualities as compared to the...

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Breakthrough Agreement for Future Motor Shows - (Australia) Breakthrough Agreement for Future Motor Shows - (Australia)

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), organiser of the Sydney motor show and organisers of the Melbourne motor show, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), and its new car division, AADA (Vic), are pleased to announce the formation of a Motor Show Joint Venture. The joint venture has been established to operate the Australian International Motor Show, which will alternate between Sydney and Melbourne on an annual basis. The first of these events will commence in...

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Audi and Prada Join Forces Audi and Prada Join Forces

Audi and Prada, two of the best-known brands in their respective fields, have joined forces in a partnership based on design, innovation and tradition. Combining their strengths as industry pioneers, Audi and Prada will undertake joint projects in the areas of sport and culture – the first event being the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series in February 2009 in New Zealand. The jointly sponsored yacht “Luna Rossa” will compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series LVPS, with the mainsail and team...

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Deep Blue 46 By BMW DesignWorksUSA Deep Blue 46 By BMW DesignWorksUSA

The Bavaria Deep Blue 46 offers sporting dynamics and a generous, innovative spatial concept. BMW Group DesignworksUSA has combined traditional boat design with dynamic lines, thus giving the Deep Blue its individual and distinctive character. "Powerful, expressive proportions and sculptural exterior surfaces emphasize the boat's high performance, simultaneously creating the vessel's stylish silhouette. Moreover, a generous hulk design proclaims a new space dimension on board,...

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CARGRAPHIC Airforce for Porsche 911 and Audi R8 CARGRAPHIC Airforce for Porsche 911 and Audi R8

Cargraphic, one of Europe's leading Porsche Tuners proudly announce the launch of their "Airlift Suspension System". This Cargraphic patented automatic level control system elevates many of the day to day problems that can be encountered in driving a high performance lowered sports car such as the Porsche 996/997 and in the near future the Audi R8 around our busy city streets. The front suspension is operated by a wireless remote control unit by the driver. It enables the car's front...

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Mercedes-Benz to Invest in New Stamping Facility Mercedes-Benz to Invest in New Stamping Facility

The Daimler Board of Management has decided that the company will invest in a new stamping facility for Mercedes-Benz. The stamping facility for exterior panels for Mercedes-Benz trucks and the successor generations of the Mercedes-Benz A-class and B-class passenger cars will be built in Kuppenheim and be part of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Gaggenau. The total investment in the stamping facility will amount to around €70 million. The most important factors that led to the selection of...

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Inside Porsche's €100 million Museum Inside Porsche's €100 million Museum

One of the greatest and most spectacular building projects in the history of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG was completed in December 2008: the new Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Located directly in the very heart of this unique sports car company so rich in tradition, the Museum serves to present the fascinating thrill and diversity of the Porsche brand to visitors from all over the world. More than 80 cars are on display in the 5,600 square metre (60,250 square feet) Exhibition Area...

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Fiat, Chrysler and Cerberus Announce Plans for an Alliance Fiat, Chrysler and Cerberus Announce Plans for an Alliance

Fiat S.p.A., Chrysler LLC (Chrysler) and Cerberus Capital Management L.P., the private investment majority owner of Chrysler LLC, announced today they have signed a non-binding term sheet to establish a global strategic alliance. The alliance, to be a key element of Chrysler’s viability plan, would provide Chrysler with access to competitive, fuel-efficient vehicle platforms, powertrain, and components to be produced at Chrysler manufacturing sites. Fiat would also provide distribution...

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Mazda Cuts Precious Metal Usage 70 Percent Mazda Cuts Precious Metal Usage 70 Percent

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the world’s first market application of single-nanocatalyst* technology in automobile catalytic converters. This highly durable new catalyst significantly reduces the amount of precious metals used and effectively purifies vehicle exhaust gases. It will first be introduced in the all-new Mazda3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) which will commence global sales this year. With the single-nanocatalyst, the underfloor catalytic converter in the all-new...

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Sydney gets a Bambino Police Car Sydney gets a Bambino Police Car

Sydney’s Leichhardt Police can claim to have what is probably Australia’s most visible Police car in the shape of Fiat’s Bambino, the new Fiat 500. “When it comes to visibility, the Fiat 500 has proven to be an exceptional car, attracting attention and interest like no other car we have used,” said Superintendent Wayne Cox, the Leichhardt Local Area Commander. “With its primary role as providing a talking point from which we can discuss road safety and break down any barriers that may...

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Buy a car and get one free says Citroen dealer Buy a car and get one free says Citroen dealer

A Citroen car dealer is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on one of its new models in a desperate bid to attract customers affected by the recession. Roger Sixsmith, who owns Central Garage in Newport on the Isle of Wight, is giving customers a Citroen C1 Vibe worth £6,000 when they buy a top-of-the-range Citroen C4 Picasso Lounge, which costs £23,995.

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Durham rejects congestion charge extension Durham rejects congestion charge extension

Plans to build a new relief road for Durham and extend its existing congestion charge are to be put on hold. The announcement follows a two-year study into options for addressing traffic management problems in and around the city centre. The Durham City congestion charge was the first to be introduced in the UK in October 2002. Durham County Council leader Simon Henig said the construction of a northern relief road and widening the catchment area of the current road-charging scheme ‘will...

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Vauxhall looks for pay cuts and four-day week Vauxhall looks for pay cuts and four-day week

Vauxhall has started talks with trade unions over pay cuts and the possible introduction of a four-day week. A spokesman said: “We are in discussions with unions about how we can cut structural costs. There’s a whole range of things on the table, from company shift patterns, to pay cuts to getting rid of bonus payments; 2009 is going to be extremely challenging.

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Aston Martin Designs Bus Aston Martin Designs Bus

Aston Martin has entered a competition to re-design the Routemaster for the streets of London and have come out on top. Both Aston Martin and Capoco Design Ltd share first place in a competition with over 700 other entries. The competition was organised by the Transport for London, Boris Johnson; the Mayor of London said, "When I launched the competition, I asked for stylish and imaginative designs which would resonate with Londoners."

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Skoda Auto Opens New Technology Centre Skoda Auto Opens New Technology Centre

Skoda Auto's brand new technology centre has been officially opened today in Mladá Boleslav by Volkswagen AG BOD Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn and Skoda Auto's BOD Chairman Reinhard Jung, and Dr. Eckhard Scholz, BOD Member for Technological Development. By completing the construction of the new centre, Skoda Auto has reinforced its development position across the VW Group. The Company has invested CZK $1.159 billion to create 300 new jobs, primarily for mechanical and electrical...

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Mitsubishi Announce Vehicle, Technology Collaboration with Proton Mitsubishi Announce Vehicle, Technology Collaboration with Proton

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today the signing of a contract with Malaysia's major automobile manufacturer, Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (PONSB)*1, covering the technology for, as well as the development and production of, a new PROTON vehicle. In addition, the contract will grant a license to the Malaysian automaker to manufacture a new Mitsubishi vehicle based product.

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New Porsche Museum in Stuttgart opens 31 January 2009 New Porsche Museum in Stuttgart opens 31 January 2009

In the new Porsche Museum, the final preparations are being made for the opening on Saturday, 31 January 2009. At last, now that the scaffolding has been removed, it is possible to see to the full extent the bold architecture of the building, opposite the head office premises of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Zuffenhausen; the famous suburb of Stuttgart, in Germany, that has since 1950 been the home of Porsche. The 5,600 square metres of exhibition space are supported on just three so-called...

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Credit Crisis, New Car Dealers Call for Leadership from Government Credit Crisis, New Car Dealers Call for Leadership from Government

The Australian Automobile Dealer Association (Vic), the new car division of VACC, is calling on the Federal Government for decisive leadership, and action, to secure a solution to the dealer finance crisis. The AADA (Vic) is urging Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and Treasurer, Wayne Swan, to realise the gravity of the situation and the potential for large scale job losses should a solution not be found. “The time has come for a decisive lead from the Federal Government on this crisis,” VACC...

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Ford Engine Plant in Geelong to Stay Ford Engine Plant in Geelong to Stay

Ford Australia’s Geelong Engine Plant, which currently employs 400 people, will remain open post-2010 and continue producing the company’s iconic in-line six-cylinder engine, which will now be engineered for Euro IV compatibility. Ford will invest $21 million in plant and equipment for continued use post-2010, as well as invest in considerable engineering development of the I6 engine to ensure compliance with stringent Euro IV emissions standards. This adds to the $200 million that the...

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Nissan to Introduce Ultra-Low Precious Metal Catalyst Nissan to Introduce Ultra-Low Precious Metal Catalyst

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd announced it will introduce its ultra-low precious metal catalyst on the new Cube*1, to be launched on 19 November. The breakthrough catalyst, a world’s first, utilises half the amount of precious metals compared with conventional catalysts. Of the world’s precious metals reserve, a high percentage of platinum (50%) and rhodium (80%) are used in the automotive industry as catalysts. In conventional catalysts, the high temperatures within the catalyst cause the...

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VACC Welcomes the End of the National Fuelwatch Scheme VACC Welcomes the End of the National Fuelwatch Scheme

As a long standing opponent of a national Fuelwatch scheme, VACC is pleased the proposal has been rejected. The legislation has been defeated in the Senate. “While the Government may decide to re-introduce the proposed scheme at a later date, for now, the message is clear. Fuelwatch is finished,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase said. “This is a victory for common sense. The national Fuelwatch scheme was flawed from the outset. It would not have saved motorists money. In fact,...

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Nissan Employs Nuclear Physics to Study Engine Lubrication Nissan Employs Nuclear Physics to Study Engine Lubrication

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) today announced that they have jointly developed a neutron imaging system that has provided the world’s first precise visualisation of oil flow in an engine operating at high speed. Combining neutron radiography to visualise through lightweight metals with high-speed imaging technology*1 to capture dynamic events, the imaging system gives researchers an unprecedented chance to study the behaviour of lubricating oil*2 as it...

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Ford Australia Response to New Car Plan Ford Australia Response to New Car Plan

The Federal Government's new automotive industry policy arrangements announced today will provide a strong framework to support the continued transition of Australia's automotive manufacturing industry. While it is clear that the automotive industry in Australia and around the globe will continue to face unprecedented challenges as a direct result of ongoing economic volatility, Ford Australia believes that the new transitional assistance arrangements announced today will support the future...

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American Vehicle Sales American Vehicle Sales

We've recently visited Amercian Vehicle Sales in Rowville, Victoria to test-drive a number of American SUV’s and full size pickups. General Manager James Hill greeted us, whose family has been running the specialised conversion business for over fifteen years. The company is firmly in the GM corner of the ring of the GM vs Ford fight so don’t bother looking for any blue oval product here. The team rightfully claims to be true leaders in Australia for converting Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer and...

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Aston Martin Nurburgring Test Centre - Open For Business Aston Martin Nurburgring Test Centre - Open For Business

The Aston Martin Nürburgring Test Centre – initially unveiled in May – is now fully operational as a base for development and durability testing of Aston Martin prototypes and for customer events. In a further expansion of its Nürburgring activities, Aston Martin has also extended its relationship with the famous circuit by taking on a new display showroom and VIP business lounge in the new Nürburgring trackside development due for completion in June 2009. At a recent exclusive track day...

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Could there be a New Maserati on the Way? Could there be a New Maserati on the Way?

The Maserati global website is running this teaser leading up to next months Paris Motor Show. They announce “We are going to surprise you” and “Find out more on 2nd October”. Viewers are than asked to vote on a number of choices on what they think Masearti has planned. Apart from ‘A New Car’, we like ‘A New Advertising Campaign’ and ‘A New Testimonial’. It appears the team from Modena, Italy has a sense of humour. As Oct 2nd is the kick off to the Paris Show, it’s most likely Maserati...

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GM’s Saab relationship GM’s Saab relationship

Over the last decade much has been written on the way General Motors has ran its prestige Euro brand Saab. And unfortunately for both GM and Saab hardly any of it has been praiseworthy. The latest piece comes from journalist Ben Whitworth at Car Magazine. Here’s an extract… “It’s an absolute travesty the way GM has systematically marginalised Saab, endlessly tarnishing its once shining image and depriving it of lifeline investment while ploughing money into crass and jingoistic nasties...

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Tata to Reduce Emissions of Jaguar and Land Rover - (India) Tata to Reduce Emissions of Jaguar and Land Rover - (India)

Tata Motors is initiating measures to reduce emissions from Jaguar and Land Rover to meet the stricter emission norms that are expected to come into force across the European Union from 2012. Measures include use of more efficient engines, reducing weight, getting in better driveability and bringing down resistances. The company intends to spend £700 million to develop and implement new environmental technologies and introduce new manufacturing materials.

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Tesla Motors $250 Million Production Facility  - (USA) Tesla Motors $250 Million Production Facility - (USA)

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to build a $250 million facility to manufacture a zero-emission luxury sedan in the heart of Silicon Valley. The nation’s leading all-electric car company will also relocate its corporate headquarters and research and development efforts to a consolidated campus in San Jose, Calif.

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GM to open China Design Centre - (Global) GM to open China Design Centre - (Global)

On the day of the 100th birthday celebrations for General Motors, the company has announced that GM will establish a $250million research centre in China. Nick Reilly, GM’s Asia-Pacific boss, has confirmed the centre will work on projects for GM worldwide. 1,500 engineers and scientists are expected to be employed at the new facility focusing on hybrid engine technology. GM already sell hybrid vehicles in China and is expected to increase the number of models available as a result of...

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Happy 100th Anniversary GM! - (Global) Happy 100th Anniversary GM! - (Global)

General Motors is only hours away from celebrating its 100th anniversary and will be kicking it off in style by unveiling the Chevrolet Volt on the main stage. The celebrations are being held at the stunning GM Renaissance Centre, a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers in Detroit, Michigan. We’ll be bringing you the photos of the Volt unveil as the launch gets underway.

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Second Porsche Dealership in Melbourne - (Australia) Second Porsche Dealership in Melbourne - (Australia)

Porsche Australia has begun construction of its second dealership for Melbourne Victoria, located on Nepean Highway Brighton positioned amongst other car dealerships. The only other dealer in Victoria is located on Victoria Parade, Collingwood. Showroom and servicing is located on the ground floor with head office upstairs. Since 2006, Porsche sales in Australia have grown exponentially therefore requiring a presence in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. Amongst the new Porsche dealer...

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2009 Tokyo Motor Show - (Japan) 2009 Tokyo Motor Show - (Japan)

Yes, it’s still 403 days away but with such a fun piece of advertising we couldn’t resist posting it anyway. Always an impressive event, we’re looking forward to next years 2009 Tokyo Motor Show already.

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Top Gear Launch - (Australia) Top Gear Launch - (Australia)

"It was hummers, helicopters and hotlaps as SBS unveiled its hosts - Charlie Cox, Warren Brown and Steve Pizzati and the exciting line up for the launch of Top Gear Australia. Launching Sept 29." Sounds very exciting! The hugely anticipated launch is nearing closer and closer and with it; a brief outline of what’s to come.

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Maserati is Sexually Arousing - (Global) Maserati is Sexually Arousing - (Global)

New clinical research has revealed that 100 per cent of woman tested are sexually aroused by the sound of a Maserati, with the roar of the Italian legend’s V8 engine producing a primal, sexual response. Participants of the clinical study were exposed to a recording of various super-car engines being revved. They listened to the roaring engines of a Maserati, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari; and they were also exposed to a recording of a Volkswagen Polo, to ensure a fair comparison of arousal was...

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Australian International Motor Show 2008 - (Australia) Australian International Motor Show 2008 - (Australia)

With sales of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continuing to boom, this year's Australian International Motor Show will offer the growing legion of SUV fans two new and distinctly different debut interpretations of the trend.

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Mercedes-Benz Autobody: First-Class Care for Stars with the Bends - (Australia) Mercedes-Benz Autobody: First-Class Care for Stars with the Bends - (Australia)

Mercedes-Benz today announced the opening of a new factory-authorised paint and panel repair workshop. Located in Port Melbourne, Mercedes-Benz Autobody will commence business from August this year, and will provide first-class paint and panel repairs to both Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and vans.

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Daimler at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show: Green Light for Environmental Compatibility, Safety, Economic Efficiency and Comfort - (Global) Daimler at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show: Green Light for Environmental...

Specific answers to the questions of today, prospects for the world of tomorrow: the commercial-vehicle brands of Daimler AG will be presented more attractively than ever before on four stands at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show.

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Score Yourself the 700,000th Hyundai - (Australia) Score Yourself the 700,000th Hyundai - (Australia)

In celebration of achieving 700,000 sales last month, Hyundai is giving football fans who attend a Hyundai A-League match* during the first 3 rounds of the 2008/09 season the opportunity to win a Hyundai i30 SR 2.0 litre petrol 5 speed manual car.

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ADIA in Talks to Purchase Major Stake in Daimler - (Global) ADIA in Talks to Purchase Major Stake in Daimler - (Global)

Reports by the German car magazine Focus says that the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), which owns a large stake in Citigroup, has now shown interest in Daimler. Currently Kuwait is the only major stakeholder in Daimler with a share of 7.6% and plans on increasing that share percentage in the company shortly.

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Ford to Produce Three-Cylinder Engines - (Global) Ford to Produce Three-Cylinder Engines - (Global)

With Ford America reporting a net loss of USD$8.7 billion for the second quarter of 2008, it’s safe to say that dramatic changes are necessary to flip this trend. Ford of Europe’s union boss Dieter Hinkelmann has announced that workers at the Ford engine plant in Cologne, Germany, may have to seek work elsewhere unless production for a new economical three-cylinder engine is promptly underway. At present, the majority of the engines produced at the plant are V6’s along with V8’s and V12’s, with...

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Hummer - Going once, Going twice....... - (Global) Hummer - Going once, Going twice....... - (Global)

In a recent article documented by Reuters, Chief Executive Rick Wagoner has announced that there are a number of interested buyers for the GM owned marque, Hummer. "We have some interested buyers, and I can't tell you anything beyond that right now, but we are moving as fast as we can,". Wagoner also states that the marque Saab will not be sold anytime soon. "Saab has been a critical part of our European portfolio and has the potential to be quite a good money-maker for us”.

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Video: 2008 British International Motorshow Highlights - (UK) Video: 2008 British International Motorshow Highlights - (UK)

With over 600 cars and 60 brands attending the British International Motorshow, you're bound to see something that excites. Here is some exciting footage of what you can expect and reference news for some of the vehicles in attendance this year.

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New Vauxhall Insignia Airborn - (UK) New Vauxhall Insignia Airborn - (UK)

A 4.7 metre-diameter orb was suspended by a crane high above Potters Fields Park today before a massive object fell 45 metres to earth - in just six seconds - in a breathtaking stunt. That object was the new Vauxhall Insignia, a car never seen before by the British public.

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Volkswagen Launches Passat - (India) Volkswagen Launches Passat - (India)

Today, in Mumbai, Volkswagen begins market introduction of the Jetta in India. The sedan – eight million of which have been sold since 1979 – will be available in three versions. At market launch the innovative 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission will be offered. Other comfort and convenience features round out the program.

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£14 Million Pound Jaguar to Run Through Bradford - (UK) £14 Million Pound Jaguar to Run Through Bradford - (UK)

A one-off Jaguar racing car worth an estimated £14 million, and believed by many enthusiasts to be one of the company’s most famous vehicles is to run through the streets of Bradford on Saturday.

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Volkswagen Builds Factory in Tenessee - (USA) Volkswagen Builds Factory in Tenessee - (USA)

Volkswagen is setting out to build a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where vehicle production will be due to commence in early 2011. The supervisory board of Volkswagen AG today approved the plans and an investment volume of up to 1 billion USD (around 620 million euro). The Group’s management board had previously pinpointed Chattanooga as the site for its new plant. “The USA market,” said Prof Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, “is an important part of our volume strategy and we are now...

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Audi Design Soccer Table - (Global) Audi Design Soccer Table - (Global)

AUDI has designed a one-off recreational soccer table to showcase how design can reflect the ‘genes’ of a brand – even without incorporating the elements of a car. The formal idiom of the ‘Audi Design soccer’ table therefore reflects Audi even though it has no specific vehicle models in mind.

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Brisbane BMW Poised for Growth as New Westside Dealership Opens - (Australia) Brisbane BMW Poised for Growth as New Westside Dealership Opens - (Australia)

Westside BMW is the first luxury car dealer to service Brisbane’s western growth corridor that stretches through Forest Lake and out to Ipswich and Springfield.

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Fiat and BMW Look to Join Forces for New Alfa Romeo and Mini Products - (Global) Fiat and BMW Look to Join Forces for New Alfa Romeo and Mini Products - (Global)

The BMW Group and Fiat Group Automobiles (FGA) are considering the possibility of co-operation in the areas of components and architectures for their Mini and Alfa Romeo vehicles.

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Kia Motors celebrates opening of US corporate HQ and design centre - (US) Kia Motors celebrates opening of US corporate HQ and design centre - (US)

Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of Kia Motors America (KMA) and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), recently joined local and state representatives for the grand opening ceremony of Kia's new 21.7-acre US corporate campus in Irvine, California. The $130-million investment includes the Kia Motors America corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art Kia Design Centre America (KDCA).

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Hyundai Adopts Self-Voiding Identification Labels - (Australia) Hyundai Adopts Self-Voiding Identification Labels - (Australia)

Hyundai is one of the first manufacturers to adopt the new self-voiding identification label that replaces the old aluminium compliance plates that could easily be removed allowing professional thieves to re-birth cars.

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Preventing Grand Theft Autos - Nissan Leads the Way - (Australia) Preventing Grand Theft Autos - Nissan Leads the Way - (Australia)

Nissan Australia is leading the way in combating vehicle theft by becoming one of the first manufacturers in the country to install high-tech, secure compliance labels across its vehicle range.

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Audi Takes Product Placement to Next Level - (Australia) Audi Takes Product Placement to Next Level - (Australia)

Audi Australia revealed a new marketing initiative in Sydney today with the global launch of its ‘Audi Brand Terminal’, a striking, Australian architect-designed mobile showroom created to engage consumers with the brand in unexpected locations. The eight tonne glass and aluminium Brand Terminal’s inaugural outing features Audi’s new TTS Roadster sports car, available late July, and creates a new consumer touchpoint that reinforces the premium positioning of the brand. “Our goal is to...

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Roush Goes Under Starters Orders! - (UK) Roush Goes Under Starters Orders! - (UK)

Roush Technologies has just completed a groundbreaking bespoke vehicle project for Turkish-based, Kurt Systems – a world leader in racehorse and camel training equipment. The ground-up, turnkey project involved the design, development and build of a highly complex mobile race trainer which enables continuous monitoring of the animal at speeds of up to 60kph. The striking and unusual looking machine incorporates a number of innovative and unique vehicle systems, as well as a diesel engine,...

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BMW Super Factory - (Australia) BMW Super Factory - (Australia)

BMW Group Australia wishes to advise that Foxtel National Geographic Channel 612 will broadcast a programme entitled BMW Super Factory on Tuesday July 1, 2008 at 08.30 pm. This will be compulsive viewing for car enthusiasts as it shows the intimate workings of a state-of the art car factory. Go behind the scenes of the three factories in Germany and the US responsible for crafting 'the ultimate driving machine'.

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Stars of the Sixties - 1963-1969 Holden Rolls Out Landmark Models as Confidence Grows - (Australia) Stars of the Sixties - 1963-1969 Holden Rolls Out Landmark Models as Confidence Grows - (Australia)

This year, Holden will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia’s own car, the 48-215. In the countdown to this significant anniversary, Holden will revisit the iconic models that cemented its place in Australian history. Holden’s confidence continued to grow in the 1960s as it introduced new models and broke new sales records. Holden expanded beyond the local market, exporting cars in CKD form to more than 55 markets in 1966. More and more mechanical features were made available,...

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Proton Set To Tackle Indian Frontier - (India) Proton Set To Tackle Indian Frontier - (India)

Malaysian national carmaker Proton has announced its plans to enter the Indian market. The company is initially planning to market three models, Savvy, Saga and Persona to the burgeoning Indian market. The three Proton models are currently undergoing field trials and technical evaluation at various locations, testing cars on the sub-continent to ensure they cope with Indian roads and conditions. The company hopes to launch the first of its cars to the Indian market by early 2009.

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Jaguar Land Rover Sees Into the Future - (UK) Jaguar Land Rover Sees Into the Future - (UK)

Jaguar Land Rover today announced the opening of its new industry-leading 'Virtual Reality Centre' at the Design and Engineering Centre in Gaydon.

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Ferrari Launches New Production Line for California - (Global) Ferrari Launches New Production Line for California - (Global)

Ferrari has taken the wraps off the all-new production lines built for its latest model, the Ferrari California, and revealed wide-ranging changes to its Maranello factory that improve working conditions for its staff and further lift the Ferrari production facility’s environmental credentials.

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MMC And Harbin China Powertrain JV Sign AT Licensing Agreement - (Global) MMC And Harbin China Powertrain JV Sign AT Licensing Agreement - (Global)

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation today signed a technology licensing agreement with its powertrain JV enterprise in China Harbin Dongan Automotive Engine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (DAE) covering production of 4- and 5-speed automatic transmissions.

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