March 31, 2012

Yamaha posts 15.6 per cent domestic sales growth in March 2012

Triggered by the success of its celebrated product line-up as well as an upturn in consumer sentiment, India Yamaha Motor has registered a growth of 15.6 per cent in domestic sales during March 2012 as compared to the corresponding period last year.

Toyota GT86: Designed and priced to delight

With just three months to go before Toyota’s GT86 officially takes to Britain’s roads, details of the new model’s equipment specifications and prices have been announced.

Early media reports about the new car’s handling and performance signal that Toyota has succeeded

Toyota Hilux conquers Antarctica on Jet fuel

Toyota’s redoubtable Hilux continues to push the boundaries of extreme endurance, completing a marathon Antarctic journey of more than 5,900 miles, further than any vehicle of its type has managed before. And true to Toyota’s reputation for toughness, it did so without

Facebook fan wins new Focus through Ford’s ‘Win A Car’ competition

Ford’s ‘Win a Car’ competition on its recently launched UK Facebook page generated over 30,000 entries in 48 hours, and was won by Christopher King, 58, from Lincoln.

Christopher King selected his new Ford Focus car with the 1.6-litre 150 ps EcoBoost powertrain, with

Two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars form spearhead at the Nurburgring 24 Hours

Audi has selected a new strategy for the 2012 24-hour race at the Nurburgring (May 19/20). After three consecutive class victories the factory line-up this year is concentrated on Audi Sport Team Phoenix that will be putting two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars with seven

Swift gets positive 'Attitude' in UK

Following strong success with the previous model Swift, the special version Swift Attitude model is back on sale in the UK; limited to only 500 units, and available as a five-door as well as three-door for the first time. Aimed at younger buyers, Swift Attitude is based

Ford invests US$ 1.3-billion in producing fuel-efficient, high-quality Fusion and Lincoln MKZ mid-size

Ford announced a US$ 1.3-billion investment in its Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant, creating 1,000 jobs locally and all-new Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ lineups for a growing number of North American customers buying mid-size sedans.

“Ford is making

Green Motion offers Payment On Arrival (POA) option for its customers

The low C02 car and van hire company, Green Motion, has announced the introduction of the Pay On Arrival (POA) facility for its UK rental customers going live on its main website

The new service will give all Green Motion's

Black cabs drive-on to make way for new Euro-5 taxis

Mercedes-Benz UK has the solution for London taxi drivers looking to change their tired Hackney carriages – new Euro-5 Vito Taxis, with a special incentive for drivers to switch to the new cabs.

In addition to a strong finance offering, Mercedes-Benz is giving

Nissan plans to charge up cities across Europe

Cities all over Britain and Europe will be invited to embrace electric driving and encourage their communities to support Nissan’s campaign – ‘The Big Turn On’ – in a bid to win 30 quick chargers from Nissan.

The quick chargers are part of a wider initiative from Nissan to get

Heiner Faust appointed new Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad USA

As of April 1, 2012 Heiner Faust (44) will take over from Hans Blesse as Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad. Heiner Faust joined the BMW Group in 1997 and has worked in various positions in the area of sales and marketing. Among other things he managed

Daimler and BYD announce Denza brand for new battery-electric vehicle

The new Denza brand for the electric vehicle developed by BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT), the 50:50 joint-venture between Daimler and Chinese electric battery and car manufacturer BYD, was formally revealed in Shenzhen at the 'EV – The Future' event.

Beat the hosepipe ban with self-cleaning Subaru

Subaru is about to take the automotive world by storm with the launch of the world’s first self-cleaning car, with patented AF Technology – just in time to beat next week’s widespread enforcement of hosepipe bans.

Subaru’s engineers have developed the

March 30, 2012

Motodays and Honda together for Italian SBK rounds

Honda’s CBR1000RR will be the star of a new partnership between the Motodays Fair in Rome and the Honda World Superbike Team after an agreement was signed between the two parties.

Motodays will partner the team and its two riders, Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi

Ducati UK Roadshow dates announced for 2012

The Ducati Roadshow will again be travelling the length and breadth of the country to bring the Ducati UK demonstrator fleet to a venue near you in 2012.

The Ducati event truck and demonstrator fleet have proved popular attractions over the last few years with more

Hyundai America set to break all-time sales record in march

On the strength of a rapidly recovering new vehicle industry, Hyundai is poised to shatter its all-time record for monthly sales volume led by its stable of 40-mpg highway vehicles like Accent, Veloster M/T, Elantra and hybrid Sonata. Hyundai, the most fuel-

Andrea Baker joins Bentley as Head of Media Relations

Bentley Motors has announced the appointment of Andrea Baker as Head of Media Relations. She will report directly to Michael Baumann, Bentley’s Director of Communications.

Andrea has nearly 15 years of experience in the UK automotive industry. She joins

Buy a Ducati Multistrada and win a trip to Pikes Peak International Hillclimb 2012

Ducati UK are offering those who purchase and register a Multistrada between now and May 15, 2012 a chance to win trip for two to this year’s famous Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

The Hillclimb is America’s second oldest motorsport race and is now in its 90th year

Nissan releases fifth image of the all-new 2013 Altima sedan

Nissan has released a fifth and final video clip and image offering a look into the future of the all-new 2013 Altima sedan in advance of its world premiere at the New York Auto Show next week. Altima’s focus is on the driver and its new Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes confirms Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in action at Goodwood

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes two British Formula One World Champions – Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton – are both now confirmed to be appearing in action at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As Festival of Speed regulars, Jenson and Lewis

Lexus crafting a new approach to customer relationships

When Lexus was established 23 years ago, it was dedicated to providing the best customer service experience in the industry. Lexus’ commitment to that goal is reflected in its top position in the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Index for

March 29, 2012

Jost Capito to Head Volkswagen Motorsport

Jost Capito (53) is to Head Volkswagen Motorsport effective May 1, 2012. He takes over from Kris Nissen (51), who will support his successor during the transition phase and subsequently assist the Group in an advisory capacity.

Jost Capito moves to the

Audi India opens new showroom in Nagpur

Audi announced the opening of its world-class showroom in Nagpur. The Audi Nagpur showroom was inaugurated by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India and Gautam Kale, Managing Director, Audi Nagpur (Jaika Vehicle Trade Private Ltd).

“The opening of a

Market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz SL

Supreme sportiness, style and comfort define the new SL Roadster from Mercedes-Benz, which is available from Mercedes-Benz sales partners from March 31, 2012. Its body and body-in-white have been produced as all-aluminium constructions for

GTO London marks Ferrari GTO 50th Anniversary with unique, ignition cufflinks

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari GTO this year, gents’ accessory specialist, GTO London, has created a unique piece, modelled on the ignition barrel of the famous Ferrari 250 GTO.

As one of the most evocative elements of one of motoring’s most

ContiPremiumContact 5 - the perfect all-rounder

Continental has launched its new premium tyre, the ContiPremiumContact 5 suitable for a wide range of cars from compact, to luxury.

The ContiPremiumContact 5 is the latest generation tyre from Europe’s leading tyre manufacturer, boasting extremely

Tata Motors showcases Anti-Terrorist Indoor Combat Vehicle concept at Def Expo India 2012

Tata Motors showcased a new Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle (MBPV) at Def Expo India 2012, a highly mobile combat vehicle for indoor combat inside airports, railway stations and other such infrastructure. The concept is the first of its kind design to assist the country's

Bosch supports 2012 Honda BTCC team

Bosch has announced its technical sponsorship of the Honda British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team, supplying key components for its 2012 title challenge.

The Honda team will benefit from a wide range of specialist Bosch Motorsport components on its

Active Brake Assist 2 in the Mercedes-Benz Travego

Mercedes-Benz is now launching the second generation of Active Brake Assist in their flagship Travego. The new generation of the award-winning Active Brake Assist – also known as the advanced emergency braking system and the winner of numerous awards – can now

HM introduces all-new 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

Hindustan Motors has introduced an upgraded Mitsubishi Outlander 2012. The stylish and sophisticated SUV was launched earlier in 2010.

Outlander’s 2.4-litre engine delivers 170 ps power and 226 nm torque making it apt for both on-road and off-road driving.

New Ford Explorer Sport: Fuel-efficient, high-performance SUV

The first-ever performance version of the Ford Explorer arrives this year with the highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high- performance SUVs.

With a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making at least 350 hp and four-wheel-drive

Mercedes-Benz consistently implements its 2020 growth strategy

Daimler AG sees Mercedes-Benz well on its way to achieving the goals of its 2020 growth strategy and reclaiming the number one position in the premium segment by the end of the decade.

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and

Mercedes-Benz M-class is 'Car of the Year 2012'

The readers of Europe's biggest 4x4 magazine 'Auto Bild Allrad' have spoken and reached a unanimous decision - the Mercedes-Benz M-class is 'Car of the Year 2012'.

More than 120,000 readers cast their votes as part of an online survey in which a total of 157

Hyundai launches the all-new i-Gen i20

Hyundai Motor India Ltd announced the launch of its all-new i-Gen i20. The i-Gen i20 is available in 12 variants. The Petrol variants range from Rs. 473,400 to Rs. 665,894, the diesel variants range from Rs. 596,334  to Rs. 744,013 and the automatic variant is

March 28, 2012

All-new Lexus ES Luxury Sedan to make world debut New York International Auto Show 2012

Lexus will reveal the all-new ES luxury Sedan on Wednesday, April 4, in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show 2012.

The sixth-generation ES model introduces a progressive new design featuring the Lexus signature spindle grille and a new dynamic

Boeing completes Programmed Depot Maintenance on 3rd KC-135E for Chile

Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered the last of the Chilean Air Force’s three KC-135E Stratotankers on March 9, after all the aircraft completed Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) in San Antonio.

The final aircraft arrived at Boeing’s San Antonio facility in June for the maintenance

Ford ‘Speed Limiter’ provides peace of mind through the safety cameras

Horsepower, precision handling and advance technology may stir the passions of car buyers, but with the number of speed cameras increasing across Europe, a Ford feature that allows drivers to

Unlock a Ducati Monster with Shell Advance

Shell Lubricants has announced the launch of a unique and exciting campaign exclusively for its customers with its range of motorcycle oils - Shell Advance. Aptly titled - 'Will your lucky key unlock a Ducati', this promotion offers a never before opportunity to its customers to win a Ducati Monster 795 , along with a host of other gifts on offer like

Toyota's Canadian manufacturing operation to increase RAV4 volume

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC) will increase RAV4 production at its Woodstock, Ontario assembly plant from 150,000 annual capacity to 200,000 vehicles. Ultimately, this

New Skoda Yeti Urban: Limited-edition SUV targets style-savvy customers in UK

Skoda is launching a limited-edition version of its critically acclaimed Yeti compact SUV. Called the Yeti Urban, it is based on the already highly popular SE trim, but features up to £2,450 worth of extra equipment at no extra cost when compared to the SE.

The Skoda Yeti

UK’s First Volvo FH Globetrotter XXL cab for Simon Gibson Transport

The first Volvo FH in the UK to be equipped with a Globetrotter XXL cab has gone into service with Goole, Yorkshire-based Simon Gibson Transport Ltd. It is also the 50th truck to wear the company’s distinctive blue and white livery.

Originally developed for the Australian,

Cessna sees high Asian interest in Citation Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company said at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) the company is seeing high levels of interest from Asia around the planned game-changing mid-size business jet, the Citation Latitude, scheduled to enter service in 2015.

The second edition of Fiat Freestyle Team Picture Awards gets underway

In the wake of the success of the 2011 edition held in Italy at San Martino di Castrozza, Rome and Etna, the Fiat Freestyle Team Picture Awards is getting underway again. It is an international tour with photography contest that will lead four snowboarding

Shinji Nukumi wins first theme of Infiniti Digital Art Competition

Infiniti has announced the winner of ‘Inspired Performance’, the first theme of their International Digital Art Competition. Japan-born, Shinji Nukumi, triumphed at launch of Europe’s 50th Infiniti Centre in Marseille, South of France. The digital artist, who

Vauxhall Vans at the CV Show

Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles will be displaying its full model range at the CV Show 2012 at the NEC in Birmingham from the April 24-26 on stand 1E50 in Hall 1, including Movano, Vivaro, New Combo, Astravan and Corsavan.

New Combo will make its UK

Nissan Cabstar wins VansA2Z’s light truck of the year 2012

Nissan Cabstar has been voted Light Truck of the Year at VansA2Z’s annual awards.

Cabstar was judged to be the best in class for its choice of wheelbases and conversions and its improved cabin space for driver and passenger comfort.

Neil McIntee, Editor of

Seat dealer ‘Tweets’ its customers so well

A switched-on Seat dealer has harnessed the power of social media to transact almost an entire new car deal exclusively on Twitter.

Car buyer Jemma Rowberry bypassed more than a dozen dealers closer to her home in Crawley, West Sussex, to buy her new Leon SE

Suzuki Cars UK launches new website

Suzuki Cars UK announce the launch of its new and improved customer website ( With improved navigation, brand new features, greater flexibility and a new URL, the new website aims to provide all the information a customer will need at the click of a

The first Travego Edition 1 delivered in Sweden

The first Travego Edition 1 has delivered to the customer during the Swedish International Travel & Tourism Trade Fair in Gothenburg. Gunnar Jors, a salesman at Mercedes-Benz Buses EvoBus Sverige AB, handed the vehicle over to Lennart Brunosson,

Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands in Santiago for Chilean debut

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down in Santiago, Chile for a weeklong visit as the centerpiece at the FIDAE 2012 International Air and Space Fair.

Throughout the week, LAN Airlines executives and employees, special invited guests, media and other

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