Automotive

06
Dec
McLaren P1 claims Nurburgring lap time under seven minutes

McLaren has released a video claiming its P1 hypercar has successfully completed a sub-seven-minute lap of Germany’s famed Nurburgring. Showing the 673kW/900Nm hybrid-powered McLaren P1 attacking the circuit with all the aural and visual stimuli that comes along with it, the nearly four-minute-long video never reveals an official lap time. McLaren, however, revealed its P1 averaged 111mph (178.6km/h) around the 20.832km track, which... [read news]

05
Dec
2014 Ford Mustang revealed: Pony car muscles up on tech and dynamics

One of the Ford Motor Company’s fastest cars, the Ford Mustang, has been brought up to speed for 2014 in terms of technology, engineering and app-style connectivity. Ford has unveiled the first official pictures and details of its sixth-generation muscle car that will become a global car and built in right-hand drive officially for the first time in its near-50-year history. It goes on sale in the US in late 2014 before reaching Australia... [read news]

03
Dec
Local car makers call for wide-ranging support in Productivity Commission submissions

Australia’s three surviving car makers have called for continued financial support, a reassessment of tariffs and trade agreements, and policy clarity in their submissions to the Federal Government’s inquiry into the current state and the future of automotive manufacturing in Australia. The Productivity Commission received 60 submissions – including those from Holden, Toyota and Ford – for consideration ahead of the release of an... [read news]

02
Dec
Jeep Wrangler Dragon limited edition launched

The Jeep Wrangler Dragon has been unleashed in Australia, introducing a uniquely styled limited edition version of Jeep’s iconic off-road stalwart. The new special edition Jeep Wrangler Dragon is based on thefour-door Wrangler Unlimited Overland configuration, and includes several specially designed exterior and interior tweaks. Externally, the Wrangler Dragon comes with numerous bronze accents, seen on the car’s grille and headlight... [read news]

01
Dec
Mazda targets petrols that act like diesels, says six-speed autos are “enough”

Mazda is aiming to go where the likes of Honda, General Motors and Mercedes have tried before, by developing an engine that combines the efficiency of a diesel but the high power and cleanliness of a petrol engine. The Japanese brand has revealed the first secrets of its next-generation range of Skyactiv engines, which first appeared singularly in the Mazda 3 SP20 in 2011 and are currently used in the CX-5 SUV, 6 medium car and next-gen 3... [read news]

30
Nov
Direct injection petrol engines produce 1000 times more particles than older engines: study

An environmental lobby group in Europe has criticised car makers for failing to fit particulate filters to vehicles powered by direct injection petrol engines, quoting research that reveals they emit up to 1000 times more particles than older-style engines. The study – commissioned by Belgian group Transport & Environment and conducted by independent German researcher TUV Nord – showed that modern gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines... [read news]

25
Nov
Toyota Prius won’t play in hydrogen versus electric car wars, says chief engineer

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) deputy chief officer of product planning Satoshi Ogiso has revealed the Toyota Prius will likely be retained as a hybrid into the next decade, with hydrogen and electric cars set to trump it as new-technology leaders utilising different names. Ogiso-san (below), known as the godfather of the original Prius, said that resource pressures in the coming decade would mean manufacturers will likely have to rely on... [read news]

24
Nov
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to increase SUV’s environmental appeal

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will appeal to ecologically and environmentally aware private buyers as well as fleets looking to decrease their emission footprint, Mitsubishi Australia believes. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Australian media launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Japan, Mitsubishi Australia executive director of marketingTony Principe said the plug-in hybrid SUV would attract a new buyer group and grow the model’s... [read news]

22
Nov
Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell launching in 2014 with free hydrogen fuel

After more than a decade in development, the hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will launch in the US in the first quarter 2014 with a unprecedented free fuel offer. Speaking at the Los Angeles auto show, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik announced the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson in the US) would be available as a lease-only vehicle in southern California for a down payment of $2999 and $499 per month for 36 months, including free... [read news]

21
Nov
Nissan Juke Nismo RS: 160kW hardcore crossover unveiled

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS has been unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show, pushing the subcompact crossover into new performance territory with more power, exclusive equipment and the promise of better handling. A significantly more hardcore step up from the mostly aesthetically modified Juke Nismo seen in June, the Nissan Juke Nismo RS uses a retuned engine control unit (ECU), a revised exhaust system and body and chassis reinforcements to... [read news]


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