News: ‘New’ Mini now a tearaway teen

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The new Mini is no longer all that ‘new’ with Britain’s Plant Oxford celebrating 15 years since the first car rolled off its production line.

The larger Mini Hatch was built seven years after the BMW Group acquired the brand in 1994.

Oxford have since produced more than 2.5 million Minis, expecting to hit the 2 million mark later this year. Continue reading “‘New’ Mini now a tearaway teen” »

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News: Toyota fires up quake-hit factories

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Toyota says all of its quake-damaged Japanese factories would be back to full production between May 6-14.

The production lines halted by earthquakes earlier this month may be hit by parts supplies issues after May 14.

Toyota said that it would gauge supply consistency and then decide on which course of action it will take after the 14th. Continue reading “Toyota fires up quake-hit factories” »

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News: Japan creates cheat-busting task force

MITSJapan has created a task force to prevent sneaky tricks being used by car makers to serve up false data to trusting customers – and regulatory bodies.

The move has come in the wake of Mitsubishi’s admission that it manipulated results during fuel efficiency testing.

Global scrutiny on Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal – although a very different case to Mitsubishi’s – underlined just how much weight regulators needed to place on any wrongdoers. Continue reading “Japan creates cheat-busting task force” »

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News: Corporate giants’ autonomous obsession

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A self-driving syndicate of tech and car companies is pushing hard to get the world into autonomous robo-cars.

The coalition names Google, Uber and Ford among its membership, and aims to urge government action on creating a cohesive and common set of laws to replace the current mix n’ match approach where regulations can differ wildly from state to state.

“The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards,” ex-US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official David Strickland said. Continue reading “Corporate giants’ autonomous obsession” »

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News: New Zealand-designed car gets high end audience

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thumbnail_Unknown-1Auckland-based designer Alain Brideson says he’s “delighted” to have his design work on the Etos concept car admired by US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The world leaders were given a tour of the car by Swiss company
Rinspeed at the Hanover Fair in Hamburg late Monday evening (New Zealand time). The car’s sleek exterior and dashboard components were designed and modelled by Brideson.

“It was a very nice surprise to wake up to,” says Brideson, who received an email from Rinspeed on Tuesday with photos of Obama and Merkel viewing the car. Continue reading “New Zealand-designed car gets high end audience” »

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News: Subaru, IBM deal for crashproof cars

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Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru, and IBM are looking at creating a data analytics system that will completely eliminate car crashes.

FHI’s key aim is for “zero car accidents” by improving development efficiency to achieve self-driving characteristic of Subarus by advancing safety performance and reliability, verified with its EyeSight camera system.

The system is to analyse test images from advanced safety technologies, including the EyeSight driver assist system. This would then make evaluations using cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Continue reading “Subaru, IBM deal for crashproof cars” »

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