Friday, 16 May 2014
The Pulsar will re-establish Nissan's strong link with the C-segment - the second largest sector in the European car market. Designed with the same high quality, high innovation approach that has come to typify Nissan models, the new Pulsar will go on sale from autumn 2014.
General Motors is recalling 140,067 Chevrolet Malibus from the 2014 model year for a problem with the electronic brake control module that can increase the risk of crashes.
The recall covers models with a 2.5-liter engine and a stop/start system, which is the base powertrain.
The cars are prone to having their brake vacuum assist and hydraulic boost assist disabled, in which case "increased brake-pedal effort and stopping distance will be required, increasing the risk of a crash," GM said in a recall bulletin it sent to U.S. Chevy dealers this week.
A GM spokesman said that GM “will have a recall statement on Thursday” but would not comment further.
Meanwhile, GM has hired a law firm to review how information about defective ignition switches in its cars reached board members, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing a person close to the board.
Board members were not apprised of the matter, in which small cars stalled due to faulty switches, and called for a review to ensure vehicle safety issues are brought to their attention quicker, the newspaper reported. The board appointed New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to conduct the review, the Journal said.
Neither GM nor Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz were available for comment.
The latest recall campaign brings GM’s recall count this year to at least 20, covering about 8.5 million U.S. vehicles, although that figure counts some vehicles more than once because they are being called back to fix multiple potential safety defects.
The spate of recalls comes as GM accelerates its review of potential safety problems in the wake of its recall in February of 2.6 million vehicles to correct faulty ignition switches that the company has linked to 35 crashes and 13 deaths.
GM is the subject of at least four federal investigations and is conducting its own probe into the company's handling of the defective switch, which was used in small cars from model years 2004 to 2011 before GM finally recalled the cars in February.
On Wednesday, the National Legal and Policy Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, posted a letter on its Web site written to GM CEO Mary Barra requesting that the company recall some 6 million pickups and SUVs from the 1999-2003 model years for brake line corrosion.
The group said that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 890 complaints about corrosive brake lines in the vehicles, involving 13 crashes and two injuries. NHTSA has been investigating the problem since March 2011, the agency's Web site shows.
Barra has vowed to prevent future lapses by "redoubling" GM's safety focus.
Last month, GM said it had boosted its team of product investigators to 55, up from 20 previously. The investigators analyze reports of crashes, customer complaints, lawsuits and other data relayed to the company that could indicate a safety problem.
That team reports to Jeff Boyer, who was appointed in March to a newly created post of global safety chief. GM also has created a system internally that encourages employees to speak up if they see a potential safety problem.
BMW Group may build Minis alongside BMW 3-series and 1-series cars at a new plant in Mexico, a German newspaper reported.
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has said that the company will need an additional factory in North America to meet rising demand but so far the company has not said whether it favors Mexico or the United States for the plant. The automaker also has not said which vehicles it would build at a new factory.
Handelsblatt said BMW executives favour Mexico for the factory and the company is considering building Minis and its smallest BMW brand vehicles there because these are lower margin vehicles and building them locally would boost profits.
A decision on the plant will be made by the BMW supervisory board in the second half, the paper said in a report published Wednesday, citing company sources.
A BMW spokesman declined to comment, telling Automotive News Europe that the report was "mere speculation."
BMW is keen to boost output in North America to save costs associated with importing smaller, lower-margin models under a strong euro.
The company is raising annual capacity at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C., by 50 percent to 450,000 vehicles as it adds a large SUV called the X7.
A plant in Mexico would raise North America production capacity to 600,000 vehicles, Handelsblattsaid.
BMW currently builds Minis in Oxford, England, but the plant has reached its capacity of about 260,000 units per year. The company is adding additional Mini production in the Netherlands.
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Martin Brundle commented: “As some people know, I’m a fan and owner of the E-type – but this D-type is phenomenal car. I can only imagine how brave my racing driver predecessors were to pilot it at 190mph-plus down the Mulsanne Straight.
“Bruno and I will make sure we do this legendary British racing car justice. We have discussed our strategy for the Mille Miglia and feel quietly confident. We haven’t raced together before but we share a huge amount of enthusiasm for this amazing rally.”
Bruno Senna added: “The D-type is one of the most beautiful racing cars ever made – and it’s a real privilege to drive it on the Mille Miglia in its 60th anniversary year.
“This ‘Long Nose’ car has such an incredible history, you can feel that from every detail, from the competition-worn aero windscreen to the seats and of course that remarkable tail fin. Martin and I won’t be holding back. We’re heading the Jaguar Heritage Racing charge and will do so in style.”
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Yamaha offers a wide choice of urban scooters that combine style, fun and convenience. With its modern design, lively performance and masculine appeal, the new Majesty S joins the high wheel Xenter and the more feminine retro-style D'elight to complete the Yamaha 125cc urban scooter
Yamaha's urban scooters are specifically designed to enhance the daily commuting experience by offering Japanese quality, advanced design and class-leading reliability with an affordable price. As well as the added satisfaction that comes with owning a premium brand, Yamaha customers
can also be assured of a first class spares, service and warranty back up from our comprehensive European dealer network that is on hand to offer friendly and professional advice.
The Majesty name is and has been a mainstay of the Yamaha scooter line for a number of years, with over 150.000 units sold for the 125 to 180cc versions. During this time it has come to represent convenience and affordability, and for 2014 the new Majesty S is ready had to this strong reputation an extra fun factor to attract a new generation of urban commuters.
The New Majesty S
To complete its urban scooter segment, Yamaha now introduces the Majesty S, a compact and affordable new 125cc scooter that offers an attractive combination of value, practicality and ease of use. Aimed at the discerning urban commuter who is looking for economy and convenience together with style and reliability, the new Majesty S gives cost-conscious customers the chance to own a quality scooter at an affordable price. The lively 125cc liquid-cooled engine and agile chassis make light work of urban and suburban commuting - with the well-known dynamic
performance that Yamaha can deliver. The new Majesty S thus brings extra spice to the 125cc scooter category.
MAJESTY S DESIGN FEATURES
Comfortable and compact
Yamaha's design team have paid particular attention to the ergonomics on the new Majesty S, and we have succeeded in creating a compact and manoeuvrable 125cc scooter that delivers very good levels of comfort together with high quality features.
One of the main chassis aspects sure to be appreciated by commuters is the large, flat footboard area and stepped dual seat that give a natural and relaxed riding position, and also allow for easy leg access to the ground - making the Majesty S ideally suited to the typical 'stop-start'
nature of urban riding. An automatic seat opening device gives quick access to the storage compartment, and passenger comfort is assured thanks to the fold out footrests as well as the plush stepped dual seat and grab bars.
Plenty of onboard storage space
A number of spacious storage compartments underline the Majesty S's focus on day-to-day practicality. Under the stepped dual seat there's space for a single full-face helmet plus other small items, and in front of the rider there's a large inner box that can easily accommodate a 500cc
drink bottle. Up front there is also a convenience hook that is designed to carry small bags, and Yamaha offer a number of optional top cases for those owners who wish to carry larger loads.
LED lights and modern instruments
To give the Majesty S a sleek new look that matches its lively character, the new model is equipped with an LED position lamp. Inspired by our Yamaha 'MAX' scooter family, the new LED taillight accentuates this 125cc scooter's dynamic character. Completing the package are newly designed instruments featuring a comprehensive 3-gauge design that displays a range of clear and useful information via the analog tachometer, tripmeter and digital speedometer.
KEY DESIGN FEATURES
MAJESTY S TECHNICAL FEATURES
Powerful 125cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine Powering the Majesty S is a refined version of the highly regarded 125cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke SOHC 4-valve design that was originally developed for the Xenter. This engine is built to deliver punchy and responsive acceleration away from a standing start, and keep the rider one step ahead of the traffic.
A highly efficient fuel injection system makes this one of the most economical ways to commute, and for a smooth and relaxing ride the engine is equipped with a single shaft balancer and a stepless, lowmaintenance CVT transmission.
Monoshock rear suspension
The Majesty S also benefits from a new monoshock rear suspension system that uses a horizontal single shock absorber that gives smooth and stable roadholding. This monoshock rear suspension helps to give a more centralized mass for increased handling agility, while its progressive linkage ensures responsive and comfortable rear suspension characteristics over a wide range of riding conditions.
Large diameter wave discs
The affordable new Majesty S is equipped with a number of features usually found on more expensive models, underlining the great value for money offered by this new scooter. The large diameter 267mm front wave disc and opposed piston caliper give plenty of strong braking power, and there's also a large diameter 245mm rear wave disc brake for smooth and controlled braking.
Lightweight 13-inch wheels
To complement this urban scooter's attractive looks and high quality design, the Majesty S is equipped with 13-inch diameter alloy wheels. Featuring a stylish 5-spoke layout, these lightweight wheels keep the unsprung weight low and help to ensure smooth and responsive suspension characteristics for a comfortable and confident riding experience.
KEY TECHNICAL FEATURES
SW (Silky White)
MT1 (Mat Titan)
SMX (Midnight Black)