January 31, 2012

TVS Motor Company posts 7 per cent revenue growth in Q3

TVS Motor Company has registered 7 per cent growth in revenue in the third quarter of the current financial year. The company’s revenues grew to Rs. 1,762 crore in the quarter ended December 2011 from Rs. 1,647 crore in the corresponding quarter

Ford’s global driving skills for life programme to train more new drivers in US, Asia this year; 500,000 trained to date

Ford kicks-off another year of helping new drivers around the world improve their motoring skills through the Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme.

This week, Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) begin

Malaysia Airlines links up to Global Explorer round-the-world fare

oneworld member elect Malaysia Airlines starts participating in Global Explorer from tomorrow, adding one of the most attractive networks in South East Asia to the round-the-world fare offered by all members of the alliance and selected other  airlines.

Hyundai to set up technical training centre in Ghana

Hyundai Motor Company, in collaboration with KOICA and PLAN Korea, will launch a project to help youth in under-developed areas support themselves by setting up technical training centre for automobile repair in several African nations. Starting with Ghana, Hyundai will build automobile

Bosch hybrid technology singled out once again; Paul Pietsch Prize for new drive system in Peugeot 3008 Hybrid 4

This year’s Paul Pietsch Prize, an award that is highly regarded in the industry, goes to the French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen. In conferring this award, the high-caliber judges pay tribute to the diesel hybrid technology in the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4. The award is further recognition of the

Scania to set up new manufacturing facility in Bangalore

Scania Commercial Vehicles India will set up a plant in Narasapura Industrial Area, Bangalore. This plant will serve as a Complete Knock Down assembly unit for truck and bus chassis during phase-1 of operations. Bus body building of city buses and coaches and

Service gets a new name: Apollo Direct

Apollo Tyres has launched Apollo Direct for India, with the toll-free number 1800-419-7070. A single point of contact for passenger vehicle customers seeking information on tyre availability, fitment, sizes, prizes, dealer locations; along with any tyre related complaints that might

January 28, 2012

Marketing of the New Fiat Strada to kick-off soon

The New Fiat Strada will be available from Italian dealerships from the end of January. Made in the FIASA plant in Betim (Brazil), the new model will follow in the footsteps of South America's leading light transport vehicle. With no fewer than 127,800 vehicles sold

BorgWarner supplies 5 of Ward's '10 Best Engines 2012'

BorgWarner's Engine Group supplies systems and components for five engines named in Ward's '10 Best Engines 2012', including the: BMW 3.0-litre N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i coupe), Chrysler Group 3.6-litre Pentastar DOHC V-6 (Chrysler 300S/Jeep Wrangler),

Iconic Ibiza Cupra Bocanegra is a used car hero, too

SEAT’s style icon, the exotic Ibiza Cupra Bocanegra, is proving to be as hot a property in the used car market as it is among eager new car buyers.

The Spanish brand’s most potent Ibiza to date is selling to enthusiast owners the length and breadth of

Continental work awaits CPL Transport Services’ new Iveco Stralis

International haulage and abnormal load specialist CPL Transport Services has taken delivery of its first Iveco Stralis, which is being closely evaluated against other marques in the fleet.

Supplied by Dagenham Motors, the Stralis Active Space Super 4x2

Cleaner and greener Toyota's UK centre gains global excellence rating for environmental performance

Exceptional environmental standards achieved by Jemca Enfield, the latest addition to Toyota’s UK centre network, have been recognised with a BREEAM* Excellent rating, the world’s foremost buildings assessment for best practice in sustainable design, construction

Toyota Racing unveils 2012 Le Mans challenger

Toyota Racing announced more details of its forthcoming FIA World Endurance Championship participation, including an intention to race two cars in specific races.

The new team, which is based at Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) in Cologne,

Scotland's biggest and best motorcycle show is back

Scotland’s biggest and best motorcycle show returns to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre this March with all the latest models, major manufacturers, and breath taking live action. The Carole Nash MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show, held on Saturday

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 24-Hour Racetrack Durability Car sells for $ 350,000

Ford gave muscle car enthusiasts a rare opportunity to bid on the racetrack durability car used to develop the 2013 Shelby GT500 production Mustang. The car was auctioned at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson

IndiaFirst Life Insurance launches new initiative – Autolife

IndiaFirst Life Insurance, a joint-venture of two of India’s largest public sector banks - Bank of Baroda and Andhra Bank along with UK’s leading risk, wealth and investment company Legal & General, launched ‘Autolife’ – a simple process of getting life insurance

January 27, 2012

The new BMW X6: Dynamic, supreme, efficient, innovative

The BMW X6 is the world's first ever Sports Activity Coupe, still a unique combination of sporty dynamics and supreme versatility and with further enhanced appeal from spring 2012. Selective modifications in design and innovative equipment features hone the profile of

Ford to triple EcoBoost vehicle production capacity in 2012

Now that record sales of 127,883 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles in 2011 are on the books, Ford aims to more than triple production capacity of cars, utilities and trucks using this fuel-efficient technology in 2012.

Ford will expand its portfolio of fuel-efficient offerings this year

Honda signs up again with Yuasa for 2012 BTCC attack

World leaders in battery design and manufacture, Yuasa have signed for a third year as a key sponsor with the Honda Racing British Touring Car Championship Team.

The company has already played a key role in developing the Honda Civic BTCC success over the past two years and

The new Mercedes B-class with Environmental Certificate

The neutral inspectors at the TUV Sud technical inspection authority have confirmed the high environmental compatibility of the new Mercedes B-class, awarding the compact sports tourer the Environmental Certificate in accordance with

New high-tech option ticks all the right boxes in Audi A6 and A7 Sportback

Technophiles will welcome a new ‘one-stop-shop’ option package available for all Audi A6 and A7 Sportback models which unites nine advanced convenience and occupant protection features including Google Earth navigation mapping, in-car Wi-Fi and the Audi

Renault confirms new range line-up for February 2012 in UK

Fresh from renewing its Twingo and Scenic ranges for 2012, Renault has confirmed details for its revised model line-up, with effect from February 1, 2012. Focusing on more profitable business channels and models more in keeping with its

New Land Rover show for Eastnor Castle

The organisers of the Europe’s biggest Land Rover and 4x4 event are launching a brand new show at Land Rover’s ancestral home at Eastnor Castle. The all-new and exciting Eastnor Land Rover Show is opening its gates for the first time on Saturday 25 and

Jay Kay brings 914-6 Porsche to Race Retro for rally reunion with legend Bjorn

Jamiroquai front man and self-confessed petrolhead Jay Kay is bringing his Porsche 914-6 to this year’s Race Retro for a reunion with one of its original drivers, rally legend Bjorn Waldegard. Bjorn will be seeing if the car stands the test of time on the high

Mercedes-Benz M-Class and SLS AMG Roadster are the best cars

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is the best car among off-road vehicles, while the SLS AMG Roadster super sports car is the best cabriolet. These are the results of a reader survey conducted by specialist German motoring magazine 'auto motor und sport'. The SLS

BMW Z-Fest comes to UK

The UK will stage its first-ever BMW ‘Z-Fest’ at this summer’s Silverstone Classic powered by the AA (20-22 July).

Organised by the official BMW Car Club GB as one of the highlights of its 60th birthday celebrations in 2012, the UK’s inaugural Z-Fest

January 26, 2012

Ford’s hands-free parallel parking aid is a hit 100,000 times over; production tripled to meet demand

If proof was needed that parallel parking drives motorists to distraction, then more than 100,000 orders for Ford’s Active Park Assist feature makes the point loud and clear.

Ford has now tripled production levels for the technology, which calculates the

Maserati prepares for attempt at Cadiz-San Salvador speed record (3,884 miles)

The first ambitious challenge at a speed record in the North Atlantic by Giovanni Soldini and Maserati was announced today in Milan. As from early February Soldini and a crew of seven will be engaged in seeking to become the new record holders between

Eddie Stobart leads innovation with first delivery using environmental trailer

Transport and distribution specialist Eddie Stobart has made the first-ever UK delivery using its new high-volume Envirotrailer under new regulations introduced to boost the economy, cut congestion and slash carbon emissions from the industry.

The eco-trailer is being

Ford Racing’s Focus ST-R ready for competition debut at Daytona International Speedway in the Grand-Am 200

Ford Racing’s Focus ST-R will make its competition debut this Friday afternoon in the Grand-Am 200 at Daytona International Speedway in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as part of the ST field during the Grand-Am weekend.

After nearly a year in

Extraordinary Ellie driven to be the best

Double Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Simmonds MBE, has added to her preparations for London 2012 by learning to drive in her specially adapted Mini One Hatch which she received as part of Mini’s commitment to be the biggest fan of Paralympics GB and Team GB.

Ricardo wins further Bugatti DCT production contract

Bugatti has placed a further contact for the production of the advanced, award-winning Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system of its iconic Veyron supercar. The new order represents a further two years of production for the DCT unit – which was designed in collaboration with

Gordon Murray Design announces Toray Industries as technical partner

Gordon Murray Design has today agreed to enter into a technical partnership with Toray Industries which stems from the launch of the Teewave AR.1 at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. The aim is to work together on several key areas, covering;

The BMW M performance automobiles' market launch dates and prices for Germany

With its BMW M Performance Automobiles, BMW M GmbH is adding four newly developed models to its product range. These cars come with a significant boost in performance and hallmark M precision in the interplay of the powertrain, chassis and

Dr. Timo Poser to take over responsibilities as Director of Finance, Husqvarna Motorcycles

As of January 2012 personnel changes will take place within Husqvarna Motorcycles. Dr. Timo Poser (39) has been working with the BMW Group since 2002, formerly in charge of Controlling at BMW Japan, will take over responsibilities as Director of

17 Setra touring coaches for Belgium

Belgian coach operator Voyages Leonard is giving its fleet of vehicles a facelift with 17 Setra top-class touring coaches. The coaches form part of an order for a total of 32 new vehicles which the Sales-Lentz Group has placed with the Daimler brand. Luxembourg's

One million cars from Kia’s Zilina factory

In just over five years since production started Kia Motors Manufacturing Slovakia has built its 1,000,000 car – a white, diesel-engined cee’d SW.

Immediately handed over to a Slovakian children’s charity – the Red Nose Clowndoctors

Double luck for Isuzu Truck UK

Lucky Red is yet another new customer for Isuzu Truck UK in the food distribution sector, with the recent arrival of the first pair of Isuzu Forward 7.5-t refrigerated trucks into the company's UK distribution fleet. Lucky Red is part of the Yearsley Group, since it was

Now also as a four-door: Volkswagen launches second up! version on the market

The two-door up! from Volkswagen was one of the most significant automotive highlights of the past year. All signs point to a big future for the small car introduced at the end of 2011. In Germany, for example, the up! immediately garnered first place in its class in

January 25, 2012

Nissan to build new, US$ 2.0 billion manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, Mexico, grow capacity in the Americas

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced plans to invest up to US$ 2.0 billion for an all-new manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to support the company’s Americas growth strategy. The facility, which will complement

Nissan advances to become No. 2 asian brand in Americas in 2011, reports record sales and share growth across region

Nissan Americas today reported record sales of 1,561,230 in 2011 calendar year for Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles throughout the region encompassing North, Central and South America – a record year in both market share and volume for Japan’s second

Audi India bags top automobile awards

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, has swept the various automotive awards in India and bagged 15 prestigious awards for the year 2011. After recording the highest sales volume for Audi in India, Audi A8L, Audi A6, Audi A7 and Audi RS5 have garnered

Euro NCAP Advanced Award for the up!

Volkswagen’s smallest car continues to go one better, the comprehensive safety concept of the up! has already been awarded five stars by Euro NCAP. In addition, the City Emergency Braking function of the up! won the 2012 Advanced Award. This award,

More Rolls-Royce Ghost clients turn to bespoke personalisation

More than half of clients who specified a Rolls-Royce Ghost in 2011 turned to bespoke personalisation. The service, which includes anything from the application of unique paint colours, coach lines and tread plates to whole vehicle designs featuring

Bentley Mulsanne and Continental GT maintain award winning form

Bentley Motors has started 2012 with four more honours, from China’s highly-influential Hurun Report, The World Luxury Association as well as The Detroit News, maintaining the company’s award-winning form in 2011.

The Bentley Continental GT coupe triumphed in

Skoda in Qatar: The model offensive continues

Skoda’s attendance at the 2012 Qatar Motor Show reinforces the brand’s international growth strategy. MissionL, a close-to-production concept, reveals the future design direction for the brand and is being displayed outside Europe for the first time.

The new

Road train approaching: SARTRE project enters final phase

The SARTRE project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) has successfully completed the first test demonstrations of a multiple vehicle platoon. The test fleet included a lead truck followed by three cars driven entirely autonomously at speeds of up to

New SE Business and Sport models join award-winning XF range

On the same day that the XF is announced as 'Executive Car of the Year' by BusinessCar, Jaguar has launched two new models that are set to join the award-winning line-up in the form of the SE Business and Sport editions.

In presenting the Award, Paul

A decade of straight wins for Mini at the BusinessCar Awards 2012

For a decade, Mini’s irresistible combination of premium styling, frugal fuel performance and that unmistakable go-kart handling has been recognised by BusinessCar Magazine as they name the Mini Hatch ‘2012 Supermini of the Year’ in their annual

Four in a row for Fiat 500 in top business awards

It’s been an undoubted success with the UK’s private buyers, but the Fiat 500 continues to show its superiority among the business community, after scooping the City Car honours in the 2012 BusinessCar Awards, for the fourth consecutive year.

The award, voted for by the

BMW 1-series is the big BusinessCar Award winner

BMW's new 1-series is the 2012 Business Car of the Year, after the readers of BusinessCar magazine and www.businesscar.co.uk chose it as the new product that best serves their company and their drivers. 

BMW had a successful awards, with the German

FTA and GreenRoad join forces for Van Excellence

The Freight Transport Association is delighted to announce that GreenRoad, a leader in driver performance and safety management, is the latest partner of the association’s Van Excellence scheme.

GreenRoad is designed to dramatically reduce crash incidents and cut fuel

Europcar launches unique service that breaks the traditional model of vehicle hire

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, has taken another innovative step to make car hire more convenient and cost-effective for drivers. It is the first car hire company in the UK to launch car and van hire by the hour, giving individuals and

Premiere for Audi at the Daytona 24 Hours

Premiere coincides with anniversary: The Audi R8 GRAND-AM will make its debut on the 50th running of the Daytona 24 Hours from January 26 to 29. Teams APR Motorsport and Oryx Racing are each fielding one of the newly developed customer sport race cars in the GT

Racing Steps Foundation gears up for multi-championship Moto3 campaign

The Racing Steps Foundation backed motorcycle racing squad is switching from the 125 cc category to Moto3 for 2012, it announced on January 24.

The KRP-run team - comprising John McPhee (Oban, Argyll), Fraser Rogers (Chippenham, Wilts) and

Supertrucks – Now The Glass Racking Company’s UK & European manufacturing partner

Supertrucks, the UK’s largest manufacturer of glass transport solutions, has just been appointed as the UK and European manufacturing partner for The Glass Racking Company (TGRC), a world leader in its field. This partnership agreement will enable

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