April 28, 2012

The new SL: The legendary sports car now in miniature for collectors' display cabinets

Car enthusiasts have been dreaming of owning their own Mercedes-Benz SL for 60 years. But it is not just the genuine article in the garage that provokes covetous looks. High-grade miniatures of this luxury sports car have also long been sought after. Following the

Honda develops world’s first technology to detect the potential for traffic congestion with the goal to prevent traffic jams

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced the successful development of the world’s first technology to detect the potential for traffic congestion and determine whether the driving pattern of the vehicle is likely to create traffic jams. Honda developed this technology while recognising

Suzuki evolve cashback & low rate finance offer

Suzuki has announced an evolution of its recent and successful cashback offer, with up to £800 back on selected new models as well as low-rate finance across the entire range too, starting on May 1.

Following the success of the offer launched earlier this year, where

Audi India opens its new showroom in Coimbatore; second in Tamil Nadu

Audi announced the opening of Audi Coimbatore - its second showroom in Tamil Nadu and fifth in Southern India. The world-class showroom was inaugurated by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India and Anandakrishnan CR, Managing Director, Audi Coimbatore (Jahnvi

TomTom launches the Go Live Camper & Caravan

TomTom has launched the Go Live Camper & Caravan. This specialist navigation device provides tailored routes by vehicle type and has pre-installed points of interest that make it easy for drivers to find camper and caravan sites and services.

The TomTom Go Live

Polo R Line: Adding more style to the substance

Volkswagen is adding even more style to its popular supermini, with the launch of the Polo R Line, which builds on the impressive specification of the Polo Match with unique styling touches inside and out.

On the outside, the R Line is distinguished by a unique styling

Zipcar expands service to Austin, Texas

Zipcar, Inc. announced a significant expansion of the Zipcar car sharing network into the City of Austin. The new program will provide Austin residents, visitors and businesses with increased access to convenient transportation options that reduce downtown parking

Midland Hill Climb Championship comes to Shelsley Walsh

The first hill climb event of the season, The May Midlander, comes to Shelsley Walsh on May 5-6.

Last years TTC Group Midland Hill Climb Champion and multiple Midland title winner Rob Stevens from Buckinghamshire is expected to be back in the up to

Football stars line up to see new Aston Villa minibus

Aston Villa soccer stars Alan Hutton and Eric Lichaj took time out of their busy end-of-season schedule to visit Fiat Professional’s stand at this year’s CV Show in Birmingham, to view one of the club’s new minibuses.

Fiat Professional, the commercial vehicle arm of Fiat Group

Kumho elected as official tyre supplier to French F4 single-seater racing series

Only recently appointed as official tyre supplier to the global Auto GP Series, Kumho has now also won the contract to supply all the tyres for the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile’s (FFSA) F4 single-seater racing Championship.

The state-of-the-art ‘slicks and wings’

Aston Martin Vantage GTE primed for European debut at Spa-Francorchamps

Aston Martin Racing will continue its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign at the second round of the series, the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, in Belgium on May 5. The V8-powered Vantage GTE, making its first competitive outing in Europe, will once

Ford Credit earns $295-million net income in the first quarter of 2012

Ford Motor Credit Company reported net income of $295-million in the first quarter of 2012, compared with $451-million a year earlier. On a pre-tax basis, Ford Credit earned $452-million in the first quarter, compared with $713-million in the previous year. The decrease

April 27, 2012

LOCOG & BMW Group unveil London 2012 fleet

LOCOG and BMW, official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, revealed full details of the London 2012 fleet. Set to play an essential role in delivering a successful Games, LOCOG’s deployment plans for the low-emission, diesel,

Mazda extends production of special edition RX-8 Spirit R

Mazda Motor Corporation has decided to extend production of the Mazda RX-8 Spirit R by 1,000 units. Mazda initially intended to make 1,000 units of the special edition four-door, four-seat rotary engine sports car, but will extend production due to a large number of orders.

Ferrari is a leader on social networks; First on G+ and 8-million fans on Facebook

Ferrari is the main protagonist even on social networks. This fact is confirmed by the numbers - the brand of the Prancing Horse is the leading player in the automotive sector and the most popular in the general classification. A couple of days ago the Facebook

The 50-day, 8,000-mile Journey of Discovery

On the 50-day Journey of Discovery from Birmingham to Beijing, a team of four Land Rovers took on more than 8,000 miles of varied terrain through 13 different countries, revealing some unique and fascinating stories with the aim of raising £1-million for the International Federation

Porsche celebrates 60 years of Porsche Clubs

For six decades, the history of Porsche has been associated with the worldwide enthusiasm of the Porsche Club scene. Sixty years ago, on May 26, 1952, seven passionate Porsche drivers founded the Porsche Club Hohensyburg in Westphalia, Germany.

GT-R Track Pack arrives at Nissan's 22 high performance centres

Nissan's 22 high performance centres are braced for the first deliveries of the most focussed GT-R.

GT-R owners are among the most demanding in the world. In response to demand Nissan has replied with the GT-R Track Pack - a new version of the Nissan

Porsche takes on Three Peaks Challenge for BEN

On June 16, 2012 a group from the Porsche Centre Wilmslow is raising money for BEN, the automotive industry charity by taking part in the UK Three Peaks Challenge.

The Three Peaks Challenge takes on the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales

Hyundai Accent and Azera named to 'Ward’s 10 Best Interiors' list

The 2012 Hyundai Accent and 2012 Hyundai Azera were both named to this year’s 'Ward’s 10 Best Interiors' list by the editors of WardsAuto.com. Accent also won a Ward’s 10 Best Engines award just a few months ago for the subcompact’s 1.6L Gamma engine.


Inchcape UK Three Peaks Challenge for BEN

On June 22, 2012 Inchcape UK are planning on completing the UK Three Peaks in 24-hours Challenge to raise money for BEN, the automotive industry charity. Inchcape have put together 8 teams, representing each of their brands, a team of Retail Support staff and

Ford and Mazda invest additional US$ 27-million in AutoAlliance Thailand to boost pickup truck capacity

Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Corporation has announced an additional US$ 27-million (THB 837-million) investment in their AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) joint-venture to further upgrade the pickup truck line and increase capacity by another 20,000 units per year.

Deliveries from Volvo Trucks down by 4 per cent in March

Deliveries from Volvo Trucks reached 9,954 trucks in March, down by 4 per cent compared with the year-earlier period. 

In Europe deliveries amounted to 3,952 trucks in March, down 12 per cent compared with the corresponding period in 2011. However, the

Chrysler Group first quarter 2012 net income more than quadrupled to $473-million

Chrysler Group LLC reported preliminary net income of $473-million for the first quarter of 2012, up more than 300 per cent from $116-million a year ago, driven primarily by its 40 per cent increase in US retail sales.

“Another positive quarter – built on sales gains

Transport Minister Mike Penning at the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show

Transport Minister Mike Penning visited the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show. Over 80 per cent of UK goods are transported by vans and trucks with around £8-billion worth of new vehicles registered across the country every year. In the UK, 1 in 8 UK motorists is a van

April 26, 2012

Zipcar appoints Ciara Smyth as Executive Vice-President of Human Resources

Zipcar, Inc. announced the appointment of Ciara Smyth as its EVP of Human Resources. In this role, Smyth will be based in Zipcar's Cambridge, Mass. office and will oversee global talent programs and policies at Zipcar. She will report directly to Scott

New special exhibition 'Lichtblicke I' at the BMW Museum

From April 25 to August 26, 2012, the BMW Museum in association with Galerie Hausler Contemporary has presenting around ten illuminated artworks by internationally renowned light artist Keith Sonnier. The US American draws on the aesthetics of advertising by

Tata Technologies displays eMO EV in Detroit at SAE 2012 World Congress

Tata Technologies, a leading global provider of engineering services and product development IT, displayed its electric MObility (eMO) engineering study EV at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit. eMO made its world debut at the North American International Auto

Fastest man on earth visits the fastest F1 track in the world on May 15

On May 15, the magnificent state-of-the-art Silverstone Wing opens its doors to the ‘fastest man on earth’, Andy Green, and Richard Noble, the visionary, engineering adventurer behind the Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph project. Tickets for this event are selling fast, so

Ultra-rare £1-million Lamborghini Reventon on sale at London Motorexpo

Well-heeled petrolheads will have a unique opportunity to take possession of one of the world’s rarest supercars on the planet this summer, when an ultra-exclusive Lamborghini Reventon supercar features in an exclusive H&H Classics sale being held at London’s Motorexpo

Ferrari excites Silicon Valley

The Prancing Horse also conquers 'Silicon Valley', the area South of San Francisco, where over a short period of time the most important IT companies in the world were born and where we find one of the world’s most prestigious Universities - Stanford. Also here in the

Boeing delivers first Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, beginning a new era for the world's most recognised airplane, and beginning a new era of increased efficiency, stronger environmental performance and greater

smart ebike wins prestigious design award

Outstanding recognition and the highest praise for the design - the smart ebike is one of the winners of this year's 'Red Dot Design Award'. The first models are being successively delivered from the end of April/beginning of May 2012. The first owners will be

TyreSafe exposes frightening dangers of part worn tyres

Cash-strapped drivers are putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at serious risk of injury by opting for part worn tyres, according to campaign group TyreSafe.

The group has issued the stark warning following a month-long nationwide

Ford’s stylish and spacious all-new Kuga benefits from trend spotting on a global scale

Ford designers employed trend spotting on a global scale to ensure the all-new Kuga meets the needs of the customers – wherever they are in the world.

Ford experts identified the varied and often conflicting worldwide tastes to deliver cross-continental appeal for the

Toyota named one of DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity for the 6th consecutive year

Toyota has been named one of DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity, finishing 41st overall in the publication's 12th annual survey.

Toyota’s 2012 inclusion marks the sixth

Seat launches market offensive in China

A new era is beginning for Seat. The Spanish manufacturer is, at the Beijing Motor Show, launching its offensive on the Chinese market with the official opening of eight dealerships and the handover of its first customer vehicles. By the end of the year, the

2013 Scion FR-S brings the sport back to the car

Scion announced full details for its 2013 FR-S compact rear-wheel-drive sports car. The high-performance coupe is the fifth model to join the Scion family and will go on sale in June.

"The FR-S will definitely be Scion's halo car," said Scion Vice-President

35,000 candidates apply for 1,000 Halewood jobs

More than 35,000 candidates have applied for 1,000 new jobs at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood manufacturing facility, near Liverpool in the UK.

More than 6,000 registrations were received within 24 hours of the new jobs being announced by JLR

New generation Audi Q5 rings the changes

The Audi Q5 is about to climb to a new peak on the efficiency scale as new generation versions of the popular mid-size SUV are readied for their October debut on UK roads. Combining subtle styling revisions and equipment enhancements with power increases

Kia Motors and Trees for Cities make life a little greener for local children in Lambeth

The Triangle Adventure Playground in Lambeth - one of the oldest playgrounds in London has been given a new lease of life by Kia Motors and Trees for Cities.

Staff from Kia Motors and the nearby Kia Oval assisted Trees for Cities and local volunteers in

Thomas Edig becomes honorary consul of the Kingdom of Norway

Thomas Edig, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board - Human Resources - of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, was officially appointed honorary consul of the Kingdom of Norway in Baden-Wurttemberg on

Renault UK aims high on Pirelli International Rally

Northern Ireland’s Mark Donnelly and Welsh co-driver Dai Roberts lead Renault UK’s assault on the MSA British Manufacturers Rally Championship on Pirelli International Rally.

Undeterred after a high speed crash in Wales and after a huge effort by his team to

Maruti Suzuki WagonR launches 'Think Big Challenge 3'

Maruti Suzuki WagonR launched the 'WagonR Think Big Challenge 3' after the immensely successful two seasons as an initiative to bring out the most innovative and unique business ideas by acting as a platform for all those who are looking for a support to

April 25, 2012

The new DTM Safety Car: The most powerful C-class of all time

A further highlight of the 2012 DTM season in addition to the spectacular new Mercedes-AMG C-Coupe will be the DTM Safety Car - right from the off, C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series will be providing the necessary safety for the world's most popular touring car series. With a

Ford, Zipcar 'Students with Drive' grant program awards $300,000 to student organisations

Ford Motor Company and Zipcar, Inc. announced the culmination of the first year of the 'Students with Drive' grant program, which donated a total of $300,000 to student organisations on university campuses throughout the United States. In an event at the University of

Girls’ Day at Porsche in Zuffenhausen, Weissach and Leipzig

Changing brake pads, painting vehicles, assembling engines – can girls make cars? At tomorrow’s nationwide Girls’ Day, secondary (modern) and grammar school girls will have the opportunity to get a taste of occupations that are typically a man’s domain.

Sahara Force India F1 Team Academy drivers take their first step towards F1

The Sahara Force India F1 Team Academy stepped up a gear this month as the team’s three young Indian racers, Arjun Maini, Tarun Reddy and Jehan Daruvala began their European karting careers.

The three youngsters are competing in the British Super One

Virtual driving pleasure with BMW models

Authentic driving pleasure is not just for the real world – as Auto Club Revolution, the new online racing game and car community for PC, demonstrates. Different BMW models can be configured for driving according to personal preferences. The online

Ford Motor Company and Dana Holding Corporation recognised for unique technology

Ford Motor Company and Dana Holding Corporation were honored this week with the 2012 Automotive News PACE Innovative Partnership Award. Ford and Dana were recognised for collaborating and bringing to market Dana’s new line of Long active and passive warm-up technology.

Fisker Automotive expands reach in Middle East & North Africa

Fisker Automotive announced a significant expansion in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).

The US automaker has signed an exclusive agreement with the Al-Futtaim Group, one of the region’s most experienced automotive distributors, to build its sales presence in

Volvo Car Corporation signs MoU on strategic partnership with China Development Bank Corporation

Volvo Car Corporation and China Development Bank Corporation announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership. Under the intent of the MoU, the parties will evaluate a possible cooperation related to China

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