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This evening's thrilling qualifying session saw Team Peugeot Total's St?©phane Sarrazin put the N?°8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP (Sarrazin/Montagny/Bourdais) at the sharp end of the grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours for the third year in a row. Saturday's race will in fact start with four Peugeot's sitting on the top five places, with the Pescarolo-run N?°17 car joining the three factory machines ......read more
Qualifying for the 77th Le Mans 24 Hours took place on Thursday evening during two sessions, from 7pm to 9pm and from 10pm to midnight. After a rain-affected free practice on Wednesday night, conditions for qualifying were dry, enabling the cars to run on slick tyres for the first time on the 13.4-kilometre circuit. Although start position is not so critical at the Le Mans 24 ......read more
The factory gates open and the first Volvo FH16 700 appears. An eager Tore Aase from Norway is there to take delivery of the world’s most powerful series-manufactured truck. On Norway’s hilly west coast, the truck’s power will come into its own. The truck will be used in long-haul operations in the west of Norway, hauling equipment for the oil industry. The ......read more
China's quality inspection agency has halted the import of several models made by French carmaker Renault, citing what it called 'serious safety risks' and failure to meet technical standards. The General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine said that 'in recent import inspections, we have repeatedly found batches of passenger vehicles made by the French ......read more
Fifty years ago, American racing legend Carroll Shelby formed one half of the Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1 team, together with Englishman Roy Salvadori. In his own words, Shelby describes the historic experience that he defines as the highlight of his racing career. “It was an amazing time with Aston Martin, which I will always have a huge amount of affection for. In ......read more
Mazda Motor Europe has confirmed that Neil Stuart Warrior, Director of Public Relations, was a passenger on Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris. Mr. Warrior’s death has not been officially confirmed, but yesterday parts of the Airbus were recovered in the Atlantic Ocean and it is unlikely that there were any survivors. “Our entire company is shocked and saddened by ......read more
DETROIT and SICHUAN, June 2, 2009 – We were first shocked when the Indian company TATA took over the British car manufacturers Land Rover and Jaguar. Now, the automotive fans have to face another 'automotive' shock: HUMMER is getting a Chinese owner! Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd (Tengzhong) and General Motors Corp. today confirmed details of their ......read more
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel aren’t the only drivers in the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. Its other drivers rely on a dependable fleet of vans and people carriers from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for delivering parts to races across Europe, often at short notice, and for taking people to and from airports or events. Red Bull Racing’s fleet of Volkswagen ......read more
DETROIT, June 2, 2009 – General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a buyer for HUMMER, its premium off-road brand. This transaction is the result of GM's strategic review of the HUMMER brand and the company’s ongoing restructuring efforts. The sale is expected to close by the end of third quarter of this year ......read more
DETROIT, June 1, 2009 – General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM) today announced that it has reached agreements with the U.S. Treasury and the governments of Canada and Ontario to accelerate its reinvention and create a leaner, stronger “New GM� positioned for a profitable, self-sustaining and competitive future. Pending approvals, the New GM is expected to launch in about 60 ......read more
Jaguar UK has launched a high performance Police pursuit vehicle based on its award-winning XF Diesel S model. The first ever Police-spec XF is currently being evaluated by Police forces across the country. Geoff Cousins, UK Managing Director for Jaguar Cars, said: "Police forces are looking for vehicles that represent value for money, have good environmental credentials and deliver ......read more
Euro NCAP, the organisation that assesses the safety of new cars, today releases the results for six new cars. Five out of the six cars received Euro NCAP’s maximum five star award. Euro NCAP is pleased to note that a number of less expensive cars were among these high performers. In these economically challenging times, consumers who wish to downsize their cars can still place ......read more
The Volkswagen Scirocco GT24’s powered by natural gas and petrol engines superbly mastered the world’s most difficult circuit marathon, the 24-hour race on the N?¼rburgring, by clinching two class victories. The Scirocco GT24-CNG with innovative EcoFuel technology of Vanina Ickx (B), Peter Terting (D), Klaus Niedzwiedz (D) and Thomas Klenke (D) won the category ......read more
When it comes to environmental performance, new Prius’s achievements are not just about the fuel economy and clean running offered by its Toyota Hybrid Drive full hybrid powertrain. Toyota’s determination to reduce emissions and promote sustainability prompted it to research and develop the world’s first injection moulded material to be derived from plant ......read more
The tenth version of Mitsubishi’s iconic Lancer Evolution models has a new performance flagship model to top its range, the FQ-400. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 is the fastest and most extreme version of Mitsubishi’s motorsport derived machine. With 403bhp and 387lb.ft of torque on offer from its advanced, lightweight aluminium 2.0-litre turbocharged ......read more
BMW Motorrad has launched a striking Special Edition version of the R 1200 GS, the UK’s favourite all-round motorcycle, to celebrate the 15th year of the 4-valve GS boxer twin. This limited edition model comes in Alpine white with a dual-colour seat and a distinctive black front �beak’. To stand out from the ever-popular standard model, the SE version is supplied ......read more
GM Aftersales is pleased to announce that with immediate effect it will reduce the price of some of its packaged oil products including its popular 205 semi synthetic oil. The price reduction of between 2 per cent and 22 per cent effects six part numbers and is a result of the continuing falling cost of base oils. Mark Willis, GM Aftermarket Product Development Manager, said: ......read more
Aston Martin’s factory entered V12 Vantage – modified only slightly for competition – has swept to a stunning debut class victory in the 37th N?¼rburgring 24 hour race, forming part of a double Aston Martin victory in the SP8 and SP10 classes. The near production standard V12 Vantage – which finished in 21st place overall - saw off competition from a field ......read more
The new Mercedes E-Class Coupe just went on sale and BRABUS already presents an extensive tuning program for the new two-door. The pinnacle of the available performance tuning is the BRABUS 6.1 displacement engine. It has a rated power output of 462 hp (456 bhp) / 340 kW and propels the E 500 (US: E550) to an impressive top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph). Also on offer is ......read more
RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s made history in Maranello as a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR, chassis no. 0714TR sold for €9,020,000 at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event to set a new world record for the most expensive motor car ever to be sold at auction. Returning to its Maranello birthplace for its auction debut, the €9,020,000 sale price ......read more
BMW Motorrad’s highly-anticipated new entrant in the supersport motorcycle sector made its debut at last weekend’s Monza Italy round of the World Superbike Championship. Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer unveiled its new S 1000 RR model, the production version of its World Superbike racer. After several years of planning, design and development, BMW Motorrad ......read more
في إطار الشراكات الناجحة التي تعقدها شركة " اكسون موبيل " مصر، الرائدة في صناعة زيوت السيارات ، جددت الشركة التعاقد مع شركة " الرواس" - الموزع الرئيسي لسيارات " ميتسوبيشي " العالمية في مصر والوكيل العام لسيارات لايونسيل و اسيا ميكروباص، وذلك لمدة خمس سنوات قادمة تبدأ من عام 2009 وحتى عام 2014. ويأتي هذا التجديد ليؤكد على شراكة ......read more
Hiroshima-Cairo-Dubai / The road death rates in Egypt and the Middle East are among the highest world-wide. Therefore it is good to hear that the Mazda, one of the most popular brands in the region, has received five starts for the Mazda6 in the Euro NCAP Safety and Crash Test Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the new Mazda6 has just been awarded the five-star maximum rating ......read more
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