Saturday, 15 March 2014
Porsche said it's close to fixing a fault that has caused two engine fires in 911 GT3 sports cars.
''We know the reason and the problem-solving measures,'' CEO Matthias Mueller said today. ''We're testing them.''
Porsche plans to announce the technical solution ''shortly'' and will first inform customers, he said.
Porsche recalled all 785 of the GT3 version of the 911 from the current model year in February after the vehicles caught fire following engine failures. The carmaker took the rare step of requesting that owners stop driving the 137,300 euro car pending repairs. No accidents or injuries were tied to the incidents, it said at the time.
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will increase production of the Peugeot 308 hatchback after receiving 60,000 orders for the new model since its launch in October, the automaker said in a statement today.
PSA will hire 600 people, including 450 on temporary contracts, to staff a night shift at a plant in Sochaux, France, to meet high demand for the model, which last week won Europe's Car of the Year award at the Geneva auto show. The new Peugeot 308 beat six other vehicles, including BMW’s i3 electric compact, to take home the prestigious prize.
PSA said the shift, which will begin on June 2, will also support output of the 308 wagon variant, which will begin sales next month.
The hirings mark a possible turning point for PSA, which last year closed a factory in the Paris suburb Aulnay and has been working to eliminate 11,200 jobs in its home country.
The market share of Peugeot and its sister brand Citroen in Europe narrowed to 10.9 percent last year from 11.7 percent in 2012, according to figures from the ACEA regional industry group. Last month, the group's 7 percent gain in deliveries exceeded the market's 5 percent growth.
The Sochaux plant currently employs about 10,800 employees under permanent contract and 600 temporary workers, spokesman Jean-Charles Lefebvre said. The last time the site hired workers was in 2011. The plant produces the Peugeot 308, 508, and 3008 models alongside the Citroen DS5. The additional shift will increase daily production of the 308 by 180 vehicles to 1,563.
BMW executives are convinced the new 2-series Active Tourer won't be a big seller in the United States, so they plan to wait at least 15 months before launching the vehicle there.
The five-door wagon, which shares its architecture with the new Mini Cooper hardtop, debuted this month at the auto show here and will go on sale in September in Europe. It is the first front-wheel-drive BMW car.
But U.S. buyers don't favor hatchbacks, says Frank Niederlaender, head of product management for BMW lower-series vehicles. They also want space, which the petite BMW has, but not enough to appeal in the United States, he said.
"We have to find the right timing," Niederlaender said.
Still, Niederlaender said the even smaller 2-series Active Tourer is better suited for Europe.
At 171 inches long, the 2-series Active Tourer is 5.5 inches shorter than the X1. The 105-inch wheelbase is 3.6 inches shorter.
The Active Tourer is the first BMW to have a head-up feature that displays on a transparent screen that pops up above the steering wheel. The sharp angle of the windshield made it impractical to put the head-up display in the traditional lower left-hand side, Niederlaender said.
The Active Tourer is powered by BMW's new three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that makes 136 hp. All-wheel drive will be an option.
Friday, 14 March 2014
The new MT-07 has already impressed the world’s press with its blend of light weight, compact dimensions and responsive, 689cc twin cylinder engine. The MT-07 offers a unique blend of performance and handling that will satisfy even the most experienced riders and with a recommended price of £5199 it redefines the word ‘value’ in this competitive middleweight class.
The chassis specifications, narrow seat and low dry weight of only 164kg, also make the MT-07 very attractive to new A2 licence holders and motorcycle training centers as a machines that offers the perfect introduction to the world of motorcycling.
Free 35KW Restrictor Kit for new MT-07s
Yamaha are therefore pleased to confirm the availability of an A2 35KW Restrictor Kit for the new MT-07 and MT-07 ABS models which complies with the 3rd Directive for Category A2 motorcycles.
The 35KW Restrictor Kit can be provided and fitted free of charge as part of the normal PDI on all new MT-07’s, at the time of purchase by the supplying Yamaha dealer. The new owner receives a 35KW Certificate to confirm that the kit has been fitted and the new machine complies with the current A2 licence legislation.
And of course the beauty of having a restrictor kit available is that once a rider has qualified for a full licence they can get their MT-07 derestricted and then experience the full potential of the MT engine. The M-07/ABS should therefore be able to satisfy the changing needs of new riders as they gain experience, without the need to sell and replace their machine for many years.
The MT-07/ABS restrictor kit can also be ordered as a spare part from Yamaha dealers, so that secondhand machines can be restricted if purchased by an A2 licence holder. The kit has a recommended retail price of £124.99 ex VAT.
MT-07 RSK – Riding School KitRecognising that the restricted A2 version of the MT-07 also looks set to become a favourite with motorcycle training centres Yamaha has also developed a special RSK – Riding School Kit – package that turns the new MT into the perfect training machine.
The kit includes a handlebar/levers protective cage and six heavy duty sliders to protect the frame and engine. These parts have been developed by Yamaha engineers having consulted schools across Europe and the parts are positioned in such a way as to protect all the vital components if a bike is dropped during low speed manoeuvring.
There are many advantages of the official RSK kits:
1. The kit is made up of Yamaha Genuine Quality Parts
2. No modifications are required to the motorcycle
3. Quick and easy to fit to the motorcycle
4. Vital protection of the key engine and chassis components during a drop or fall over
5. The look and visual identity of the MT-07 is preserved.
6. Durable engineering and high quality materials are used
7. Kit and parts are available form Yamaha Europe central parts warehouse.
8. The four individual components of the kit can be ordered as spare parts
The RSK kit will be available from authorised Yamaha dealerships during April 2014. The expected recommended retail price for the complete kit is £312.00 ex VAT. Individual prices for each of the four separate items in the kit will be published at a later date.
Cooper S Hatch
|Type/no. of cylinders/valves||in-line /|
3 / 4
3 / 4
3 / 4
3 / 4
4 / 4
|Bore/stroke||mm||78.0 / 83.6||78 / 83.||82.0 / 94.6||84.0 / 90.0||82.0 / 94.6|
|Output||kW/hp||75 / 102||70 / 95||100 / 136||85 / 116||141 / 192|
|at engine speed||rpm||4250 - 6000||4000||4500 – 6000||4000||4700 – 6000|
|Torque (with overboost)||Nm||180||220||220)||270||280|
|at engine speed||rpm||1400-4000||1750 - 2250||1250 – 4000||1750||1250 – 4750|