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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Protoype to enter Pikes Peak Hillclimb

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Protoype to enter Pikes Peak Hillclimb

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will enter an electric car in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the legendary event held annually since 1916 in Colorado in the USA. The car will be a prototype version of the i-MiEV electric car which was the first fully-electric vehicle (EV) to go […]

Safest pick-up in Europe

Safest pick-up in Europe

The latest Ford Ranger has scored top marks again in the revised and tougher EuroNCAP safety assessment introduced this year. It was already a top-scorer in 2011 but following another crash test using a new scoring system introduced for 2012, the pickup achieved the maximum possible 5-star rating.   The […]

Lighter bumpers on Mazda CX-5

Lighter bumpers on Mazda CX-5

Mazda, together with Japan Polypropylene Corporation, has developed a resin material for vehicle parts which is said to be able to maintain the same rigidity as parts made with conventional materials while achieving significant weight reduction. The material is a blend of two components found in polypropylene and rubber (the […]

Another good year for Goodyear

Another good year for Goodyear

After a record-breaking third quarter in 2011, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company continued with 21% higher sales and an increase in earnings during the fourth quarter, ending the year with a record performance. "I am very pleased with our record sales and segment operating income performance in 2011 as […]

Proton wins in Rally Sweden

Proton wins in Rally Sweden

After the disappointment in Monte Carlo earlier, Per Gunnar Andersson’s dominant drive in the Rally Sweden over the weekend brought Proton its first-ever victory in the 2012 FIA Super World Rally Championship (S-WRC). He took his Satria Neo S2000 over 24 Special Stages to finish more than three minutes of […]

Goodyear innovation recognized

Goodyear innovation recognized

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber was recently recognized as one of the companies that are leading the world in innovation, the protection and commercialization of inventions and influence on future technologies. The recognition is by Thomson Reuters which announced its list of Top 100 Global Innovators.   "This recognition by […]

Best-selling cars of all time

Best-selling cars of all time

At one time, it was easy to determine how many units of a model were produced in a year. Back then, only one or two factories produced the model and besides supplying to the domestic market, part of the output was also exported to other countries in Completely Built-Up (CBU) […]

Safest cars of 2011 by EuroNCAP

Safest cars of 2011 by EuroNCAP

Last year, EuroNCAP – the organisation which conducts crash-tests and provides an independent assessment of the safety performance of new models sold in Europe – published the results for 53 new models. Eleven cars achieved 4 stars while the poorest result was achieved by the Dacia Duster which rated 3 […]

The China market in 2011

The China market in 2011

Getting accurate data on new vehicle sales in China is difficult and often relies on tallying numbers released by manufacturers who, in turn, may have different methods of calculating sales. Factory production data may be accurate since the number of vehicles made is readily known but at retail level, collecting […]

Volkswagen Golf remains No.1 in Europe

Volkswagen Golf remains No.1 in Europe

  Though its total volume in 2011 was 1.6% lower than in 2010, the Volkswagen Golf retained its top position on the sales chart of Europe. A total of 484,547 units were sold in 27 countries according to data compiled by JATO Dynamics.   Another Volkswagen model – the Polo […]