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Sep
30th

“If real-world fuel consumption is your major concern then buy a diesel car… from the French manufacturers”

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Opinion 30 Sep, 2014

Auto Express' Mike Rutherford believes the French have unlocked the secret to high real-world fuel economy

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Sep
30th

Ferrari will unveil top-performing 458 Speciale

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Ferrari will unveil the top-performing convertible version of the mid-engined 458 Speciale sports car range in Paris. The automaker will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale A, which has the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine.No tags for this post.
Sep
30th

Ford sets ambitious 2020 goals while Europe remains a drag

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Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-performing regions of Europe and South America.No tags for this post.
Sep
30th

2014 Eurostar winner Marco Tencone

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The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Marco Tencone, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati styling center coordinator, is this year's Eurostar winner for Design.No tags for this post.
Sep
30th

Bollywood actor and Olympic athlete boost Hyundai, Nissan

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Hyundai's "Xtra Love" features Indian film titan Shah Rukh Khan.No tags for this post.
Sep
30th

Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

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Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines.No tags for this post.
Sep
30th

F1 ‘too easy’ as teen Verstappen makes debut

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From GMM

F1's governing body has cleared the way for Max Verstappen to make history this week at Suzuka.

Under existing rules, a hopeful rookie can qualify for the mandatory 'super license' credential by testing for more than 300 kilometres under FIA supervision.

Verstappen, who turns 17 on Tuesday, did that recently at Adria in Italy, as Red Bull pushes F1's youngest ever driver into action at an unprecedented speed.

"He did 396 kilometres without any problem," said Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost in Singapore. "People were really impressed with his performance and now it's in the hands of the FIA."

Indeed, the Faenza based team announced on Monday that the Dutchman has been granted a super license, and will therefore make his Friday practice debut at Suzuka in Jean-Eric Vergne's place.

F1 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso
Max Verstappen. (Photo: ToroRosso.com)

Even so, the Verstappen issue is a contentious one.

Some believe it is ridiculous that a driver who does not even qualify for a road-driving license can leap almost directly from karting to motor racing's highest category.

"His appearance (in Japan) will underline fears that the sport is simply too easy," The Times correspondent Kevin Eason reports.

"The FIA ... is said to be examining ways of making F1 cars harder to drive," he revealed.

Another measure under scrutiny is the ease with which drivers can obtain the super license, after the FIA recently vowed to "review the qualification and conditions" for the credential.

Nonetheless, Max Verstappen is unfazed by the controversy.

"I don't look at social media too much," he is quoted by the Dutch website racexpress.nl.

"There are many negative things written, but also many positive things as well. I just concentrate on what I'm doing."



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Sep
30th

F1: Honda delay could thwart Fernando Alonso switch

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From GMM

The high uncertainty surrounding Fernando Alonso's future could be connected with rumours emerging from the Honda camp.

It is well known that the Japanese manufacturer, returning to F1 with McLaren next year, has made an audacious bid to lure the highly rated and increasingly frustrated Spaniard from Ferrari.

In the past few days, the extent of the disintegrating relations between Alonso and Ferrari have become clear, making it seem more and more likely that he will leave the fabled but crisis-struck Maranello camp.

It has stirred real fears that McLaren could dump its protege Kevin Magnussen after just a single season, with many regarding Alonso alongside fellow champion Jenson Button as an ideal pairing to steer the early direction of the works Honda project.

When asked about the Alonso-Honda rumours, former McLaren champion Mika Hakkinen said: "You do have to wonder why they have not entered into any driver contracts for next season.

"This is obviously because McLaren is trying to put together the best possible package," he said in his latest interview with sponsor Hermes.

"Drivers who have won a championship will always find teams that want to take them. It's obvious that when you can get the highest expertise available, you should," added Mika Hakkinen.

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari. (Photo: WRi2)

But according to Italy's Corriere dello Sport, the spanner in the works of Alonso's sensational switch to McLaren could be some alarming rumours emerging from Japan.

The report claims Honda is about three months behind schedule in the development of its first turbo V6 'power unit', having encountered problems even greater than those struck by Renault as the troubled French marque prepared for 2014.

The specialist Autosprint said Honda's development V6 currently consumes too much fuel and produces too little power.

"To try to recover," the report explained, "Honda is investing massively and mobilising people and businesses around Japan."


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Sep
30th

F1: Volcano could affect the Japanese Grand Prix

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From GMM

An erupting volcano is threatening to affect this weekend's Japanese grand prix.

On Saturday, Mount Ontake - located less than 200 kilometres from the Suzuka circuit - erupted, killing dozens.

Smoke, ash and poisonous gas is still billowing from the volcano, and Germany's Bild newspaper reports that just as F1 personnel are flying into Japan, many flights about being delayed or diverted.

"Race organisers hope that all the drivers will have arrived in time for the first practice session on Friday," said correspondent Nicola Pohl.


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Sep
29th

Ford sets goal of 9.4M global sales by 2020, cuts profit outlook for ’14

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Ford aims to raise global sales 52 percent annually by 2020 by tapping fast-growing Asian markets, investing heavily in Lincoln, and expanding its global offerings of small cars and utility vehicles.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

Toyoda Gosei settles U.S. price-fixing charge, pays $26 million fine

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Japanese auto parts maker Toyoda Gosei agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $26 million fine, the Justice Department said.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

UAW, 2 German labor groups join forces in bid to organize VW Tenn. plant

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The UAW and two top German labor groups have signed a letter of intent to jointly organize the Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, a top UAW official said today.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

Toyota to recall 690,000 Tacomas in U.S. to fix suspension

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Toyota said it would recall about 690,00 Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix issues with the vehicles' rear suspension system.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

US: Toyota to recall Tacoma pickup trucks

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Toyota in the US will recall 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks for corrosion checks, CNBC reported.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

CO2 emissions from new cars in Europe were 38% more than air standards show, study says

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European cars probably discharged 38 percent more carbon dioxide on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

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European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 23

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The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars rose by two last week to 23, according to a report today from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

US: Ford recalls 850,050 cars for airbag systems check

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Ford is recalling 850,050 2013-2014 C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America to check the restraints control module.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

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BMW is teaming up with Chinese internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving have already undergone trials on German autobahns.No tags for this post.
Sep
29th

Hyundai reaches wage deal with union after work stoppages

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Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage deal today with its South Korean labor union, a union spokesman said, potentially resolving disputes that had dragged on longer than expected and led to partial strikes.No tags for this post.
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