Ford Start due for 2014

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 09:20 AM PDT

Ford has released the first details of the Ford Start which is due to start production in 2014. The 2014 Ford Start was unveiled as a concept car at the 2010 Beijing auto show in China. Speculation is that it will be the replacement model for the small Ford Ka.

The 2014 Ford Start will be powered by a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine assisted by a turbo and direct-injection fuel management system. This would then be controlled via a six-speed manual transmission.

The exact specifications have not been released yet but according to internet resources it should develop around 100hp with a low emission level.

One of the many Ford technologies that are being developed for the car includes a voice activation system that will control the air conditioning, vehicle diagnostics and other features of the car.

It will be a few years before we see any on the road and we will bring more information on the little car as soon as it becomes available.

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Mercedes concept 358 unveiled in Australia auto show

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 07:20 AM PDT

Mercedes Benz has unveiled their Concept 358 at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The Mercedes Concept 358 is based on the C63 AMG and is the only C63 to come with the Pearl Orange paint design. It was developed to introduce the AMG Performance Package Plus and its power upgrade of 358kW.

The Mercedes Concept 358 was developed by Mercedes-Benz Australia and built by AMG exclusively for the 2010 Australian International Motor Show. It showcases the 19-inch multi spoke alloy wheels in black, KEYLESS-GO and extended leather interior fittings offered by the AMG Performance Package Plus.

Mercedes Concept 358 is powered by 6.3-liter (6208cc) V8 engine to produce 358 kW (480 hp / 487 PS) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the added power, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

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Googles self driving Toyota Prius: Video

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 06:59 AM PDT

One thing that has been in the news lately is the self driving Toyota Prius developed by Google. The driver less Google car has been caught on various spy videos in America and ABC paid a visit to Google to find out more about their self-driving Toyota Prius.

The Google Toyota Prius uses a special laser system that works as a radar and helps the car navigate through traffic. Google developed the driverless vehicle to demonstrate technology that could one day cut traffic accidents in half. Google also stated that they don't have any plans to put their Prius into production anytime soon.

Watch the video below to see ABC’s report.

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BMW M3 returns to DTM in 2012

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 04:45 AM PDT

German automaker, BMW has announced that they will be returning to DTM – the German Touring Car Championship in 2012. BMW left the series back in 1994 and are rejoining the European race with hopes of winning the championship.

The details of the BMW M3 2012 DTM race car will be revealed at a later date but for now read what Dr Klaus Draeger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG had to say:

"The return of BMW to the DTM is a fundamental part of the restructuring of our motorsport activities. With its increased commitment to production car racing, BMW is returning to its roots. The race track is the perfect place to demonstrate the impressive sporting characteristics of our vehicles against our core competitors in a high-powered environment. The DTM is the ideal stage on which to do this."

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen also commented:
"The entire team at BMW Motorsport is approaching this exciting project with absolute commitment. We began making technical preparations following our declaration of intent in April, and established parameters for a high-performance vehicle concept for deployment in the DTM. The positive decision of the BMW Board of Management means we can now shift up a gear and give the green light for development."

Hans Werner Aufrecht, 1st Chairman of the Board of ITR e.V. (DTM commercial rights holder and promoter):
"We welcome the decision by BMW to enter the DTM from 2012. This is a further milestone for the future of our popular racing series, and proves that our efforts over the past few years have paid off. We laid the foundation for this in conjunction with the DMSB and the existing DTM manufacturers, namely Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Thus I would like to heartily thank all parties. I am personally looking forward to again seeing the three premium brands of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz competing against each other on the race track. Our fans have waited a long time for this."

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Ken Block vs AJ Allmendinger: Video

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 04:16 AM PDT

Ford has released a series of short videos, named webisodes. These videos are part of an online campaign to promote the new Fiesta and shows Nascar driver AJ Allmendinger up against rally driver Ken Block while being watched by Nascar champion Richard Petty.

The campaign is called 43 Fiestas, now watch the first video in the series as ken Block, who is driving his ford Fiesta rally car, drives up against AJ Allmendinger in his Ford Fusion Nascar around a closed circuit.

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Ford Focus ST promo: Video

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 02:57 AM PDT

Car manufacturer, Ford has released the 2012 Focus first promotional video which shows the new hatch on the road. The new 2012 Focus ST had its world premiere at the 2010 Paris auto show recently and is expected to arrive at showrooms next year.

The 2012 Ford Focus ST is powered by a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine that develops 250hp. Now watch the hot hatch in action below.

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