Thursday, January 18, 2018

Motoring News

The latest automotive news from around Australia and the world

Richards to revive Touring Car glory at Phillip Island

richardsAustralia’s greatest active touring car driver, Jim Richards, will relive the first of his four National titles when returns to the wheel of one of his 1985 Championship-winning BMW 635 CSi cars at the 2012 Phillip Island Classic Festival of Motorsport from March 9-11.

Richards will race the former John Player Special team car against a near-capacity field of former Group C and Group A touring cars from the 1970s and 1980s in four Touring Car Revival races over the Phillip Island Classic weekend in his first race in a BMW for 24 years.


Audi Researching Production of Electrical Energy Storage Devices

audi2Audi is continuing to step up its activities in the field of electric mobility. Today the car manufacturer is launching the eProduction research project together with selected partners. Its goal is to generate expertise in the assembly of traction batteries and develop a production concept for the energy storage devices of electric cars. The three-year project is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


1,500,000th Octavia II Produced

skodaŠKODA has built the 1,500,000th Octavia of the second generation. The anniversary vehicle – a white Octavia Combi of the ‘GreenLine’ version – rolled off the assembly line at the company’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav yesterday. The figure above does not include the production numbers of the structurally identical vehicle “MingRui”, which is sold in China. The second generation Octavia has been manufactured since 2004.

“For the past 15 years, the Octavia has been the heart of the ŠKODA brand. It is a true ‘Simply Clever’ vehicle: Spacious, practical, family-friendly, and affordable,” said Michael Oeljeklaus, the ŠKODA.


Kia’s White Optima

kiaTelevision personality Matt White is the latest “A” list celebrity to join Kia Motors Australia’s ambassador program.

The host of Australia’s top rating current affairs program, Today Tonight has taken delivery of his new Kia Optima and is pleased to join the Kia family.

“Kia is a brand on the move.  The organisation has invested hundreds of millions of dollars globally to produce a line up of vehicles, which are reliable, eye catching and affordable. My new Optima is proof their research and development dollar is being well spent.” Matt said.


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