News: Ford FG Falcon makes economy and emission improvements

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Two of Ford’s most popular Falcon sedans, the XR6 and G6E have just obtained improvements in fuel economy and C02 emissions.

Effective from April 2009 production, the Falcon XR6 and G6E will now both return a combined fuel economy of 10.1L/100km and a CO2 emissions figure of 239g/km. This is a 0.1L improvement on fuel economy over the FG Falcon released last year and a 4g improvement in CO2 emissions.

Key contributors to the improved fuel efficiency on these two Falcon sedan models include a new, latest generation catalytic converter, a new engine calibration for improved cold start performance and a further optimised transmission calibration.

“The continuous process of ongoing engineering development by Ford of Australia has seen the FG Falcon benefit again,” says Mike Gibbon, Ford New Zealand passenger vehicle brand manager. “Ford is committed to improving fuel efficiency and emissions levels in all their vehicles and not just when we launch a new model. It is something we continue to chip away at to ensure that we continue to help our customers reduce their operating costs.”

These improvements are available on FG Falcon XR6 and G6E sedans produced from 1 April 2009. They will be available in New Zealand from late April.

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News: 2011 Audi Q3 gets the green light

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Audi has officially announced that the upcoming 2011 Audi Q3 will be produced at its Martorell plant in Spain. The company plans to build 80,000 units of the Audi Q3 per year. The 2011 Audi Q3 will join the Audi A1 in the compact segment and will be a coupe-like five-door SUV.

As a small SUV, the Audi Q3 will join the family consisting of the Audi Q5 (produced in Ingolstadt, Germany) and the Audi Q7 (produced in Bratislava, Slovakia). Yet another compact vehicle in a new model range is thus set to join the A1 in 2011. The Q3 will further expand the Q family. A coupe-like five-door SUV with seat positions, wheel size, and ground clearance characteristic of a typical SUV, the Audi Q3 is set to stand out thanks to a sporty driving experience. The Q3 will apparently blend a compact car’s design and driving dynamics with an SUV’s versatility. The market launch of the Q3 is scheduled for 2011.

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News: Skoda releases facelifted Octavia RS

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After officially unveiling the Octavia facelift at the Paris Motor Show, Skoda is revealing its refreshed Octavia RS and Octavia Scout models, part of the second-generation Octavia line-up. First introduced in 2004, the Octavia is based on Volkswagen’s A5 platform (shared with the Golf/Jetta Mk5). The 2009 model will be available in both sedan and wagon (Scout) body types.

Compared to last year’s model, the facelifted Octavia features a redesigned front end with new headlamps (available with an adaptive xenon light system for the first time), new bumpers, and integrated LED daytime driving lights. Sporting new taillamps, the rear bumper has been redesigned as well. The refreshed Octavia rides on new 18-inch alloy wheels and is offered with several new metallic paint colors. According to Skoda, more than 82,000 Octavia RS and Scout models have been sold globally since 2000.

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News: Subaru to compete in Nurburgring 24-hour race

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Subaru Tecnica International (STI) has announced that it will compete in the world-famous Nurburgring 24-hour race next month. The gruelling race is now known as the ADAC Zurich 24 Hour Race and STI is aiming for a class victory, with an Impreza WRX STI driven by Kazuo Shimizu, Toshihiro Yoshida, Naoki Hattori and Koji Matsuda.

The car has been built and tuned exclusively by STI and will feature a variety of modifications including weight-reduction and safety equipment. It will participate in the SP3T class, for turbo-equipped cars with an engine displacement of 2.0 litres. STI will provide the team management for the race, supervised by Hideharu Tatsumi, STI’s General Manager of Vehicle Experiment Division. The circuit covers 25.378 kilometres and the race is the largest endurance event in the world, with more than 200 cars participating.

STI regularly uses the 20.832 km “Nordschleife” (“Old Course”) as a proving ground for vehicles in development. STI’s objective in participating in the race is to collect data and verify technical know-how, and also apply lessons learned to future development, particularly in relation to ride quality.

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News: Don’t do it! Vertical door kit for Nissan GT-R

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Someone had to do it. At some point just about every kind of car is the unwilling recipient of Lambo-styled doors, and the Nissan GT-R is next in line.

German company LSD recently announced a new vertical door system to transform Nissan’s supercar into a winged Godzilla, available for a mere 1,949 euro. The kit includes a guided roller system that connects to the stock mounting point and a buffer system to prevent the doors from being opened too wide or from dropping down. According to LSD, the system also makes the GT-R an “absolute looker” and offers “more safety and more precise opening and closing of the door.”

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News: Biofuel Skycar ready for production

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Earlier this year, the Parajet Skycar Expedition, featured the “World’s First Bio-fuelled Flying Car,” that flew from London, England to Timbuktu in Mali, Africa. If you have ever wanted something this cool — a car that can transform from ground to air mode in about three minutes and actually work well in both areas, then it’s good news for you. Parajet International has struck a deal to produce road-legal SkyCars with the help of Rage Motorsport.

Rage will build the vehicle and Parajet will add all the parts that make it fly. A mock-up of the vehicle is pictured, but Parajet says a “totally new chassis is being designed for the SkyCar which accommodates the rear fan system into the tubular chassis work.” This will reduce overall weight by about 80 kg. Other changes for the production version are to include a re-positioned rear parachute, more legroom and a three-cylinder, 140 horsepower fuel-injected Yamaha engine. You won’t have to wait too long to get one with Parajet saying test flights of the skycar should start happening this September and the release date could be as early as 2010.

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News: Roewe MG6 may take Rover back to the UK

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A Chinese automaker debuting a new model for a iconic British brand is odd for sure, but take a look at the Roewe MG6 and it looks like things are working out. Unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show and based on the unassuming Roewe 550 sedan, which itself is based on a shortened version of the old Rover 75, the MG6 Turbo is a four-door fastback that will likely make its way into England as the first new model from the Chinese-owned automaker.

The styling takes some cues from Lexus with a very angular front end that highlights the big MG badge. Its sharp, attractive and more European looking that in its Asian design roots might suggest.

While Rovers will never be called Rovers again thanks to SAIC failing to secure the naming rights when it purchased England’s most famous failed automaker, the MG6 proves the platforms are still alive and well.

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News: Porsche Panamera takes elevator ride

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The day before the public unveiling of the Porsche Panamera at the Shanghai Motor Show, journalists were invited to the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Centre in China to catch a glimpse of the new four-door sedan.

To get the Panamera to the ultra high display space a team of workers strapped the car onto a special pallet, tipped it on its tail and wedged the dark silver metallic sedan into the freight elevator to make the 1,394-foot trek up the world’s third-largest building. The pictures tell the amazing story, so check them out in the gallery below.

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