Thursday, June 29, 2017

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The latest automotive news from around Australia and the world

ASIMO Pours A Drink At Tokyo Motor Show

honda1The latest generation of Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO, was unveiled at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show in November.

Guests were blown away when ASIMO picked up a bottle, unscrewed the lid and poured a drink for Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor President and CEO.

The new ASIMO has evolved from an ‘automatic machine’ to an ‘autonomous machine’ with the decision-making capability to determine its behaviour in concert with its surroundings. ASIMO can now walk, run forwards and backwards, jump, hop on one leg, kick a ball, and continue moving without the control of an operator. 

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Audi Tests LMP1 Sports Car for 2012

audi3Audi Sport is preparing for the 2012 sports prototype season. A test team has started the next trial phase of next year’s LMP1 sports car in the United States.

After previous tests of the next development of the 2011 Le Mans-winning car took place behind closed doors, Audi is now going into public at a race track for the first time. Since last Saturday, Audi Sport has been running tests with two vehicles at the Sebring (Florida) circuit. The second LMP1 sports car serves to compare the test results.

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Carsguide Car Of The Year honours Kia Rio

kia2Kia’s baby Rio has swept aside the best new cars launched in Australia in the past 12 months to take overall honours as Carsguide’s 2011 Car Of The Year.

“After a rigorous selection, testing and deliberation process, I’m pleased to announce Kia Rio Si Hatch a worthy winner,” said Carsguide Managing Editor, Ged Bulmer. “Car of the Year is a natural extension of our efforts to educate, inform and entertain our readers.”

Paul Gover, Carsguide Senior Motoring Reporter and one of Australia’s most experienced automotive journalists, added: “The Kia Rio Si Hatch is only the second Korean brand to win the award since its inception in 2007.

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Award Winning Engine Available in Kia Rio

kia1The 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDi) Gamma engine available in the new Kia Rio has been named one of the ‘Ward’s 10 Best Engines’ by WardsAuto World.

The 1.6L Gamma GDi petrol engine is fitted to both the midrange Si and top of the range SLi Rio models which went on sale in Australia in September.

The Gamma is the smallest Kia engine yet to benefit from the application of GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology and develops 103kW at 6300rpm and 167Nm at 4850rpm – a 13 per cent improvement in power over a conventional Gamma 1.6L MPI fed engine.

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