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Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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SEAT Offers 3 Years Of Worry-Free Motoring

SEAT Ireland has unveiled a quintet of special offers to take the stress out of buying a new car in 2013. The SEAT brand is enjoying a renaissance in Ireland, with two new models set to arrive in showrooms in the coming months: the generously-proportioned new Toledo, which goes on sale in November, and an all-new Leon, due to arrive in 2013.

However, SEAT customers won’t have to wait to avail of a host of new car offers. Buyers of all new SEAT cars from the newly revamped range can avail of 3% finance, one of the lowest rates available from any lender, as well as 3 years of free servicing which will take much of the worry out of both purchasing and owning a new car in 2013. Additionally, SEAT is offering 3 years roadside assistance, a 3 year car warranty and, for cars ordered before December 21st, there will be 3,000km of free fuel.

“In these challenging times customers will naturally look for a value proposition and we were able to realign all of our product range and add 10-15% of additional value either through price reductions or additional specification,” said Adam Chamberlain, Brand Director of SEAT Ireland. “Now, alongside a great product proposition, consumers have got very strong offers to allow them to have worry-free motoring for 3 years. Our cars are now more affordable and with these offers the SEAT range now offers truly great cars at great prices.”

More information can be found at www.seat.ie.

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SEAT Young Driver course has positive effect on accident rates

The pioneering SEAT Young Driver programme is proving to have a positive effect on accident rates among its participants. This is according to research into the subject by Young Driver Training Ltd, the company behind SEAT Young Driver.

A survey among teenagers that have taken the ground-breaking young driver course has revealed that their accident rate is markedly reduced when compared to the overall rate of newly qualified drivers in the UK.

Statistics from the Department for Transport show that two out of ten newly qualified drivers will crash within six months of passing the test*, and drivers aged 17-24 are involved in one in four incidents of serious injury or death on the road, despite accounting for one in eight full UK driving licences.**

By comparison, of those that responded to a Young Driver Survey and had held a full licence for six months or more, fewer than one in ten had been involved in an accident behind the wheel: 9%, which is less than half the national rate.***

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) chief examiner, Peter Rodger said: “It’s good to see early indications that pre-driver courses are producing safer drivers. The IAM has always felt that training drivers over a longer period of time and catching them when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is key to producing a safer driver.

“Facilitating more time to develop skills of observation and anticipation, and to build a broad experience of different traffic conditions, will ultimately save lives.”

Kim Stanton, Marketing Director for Young Driver, added: “Our research, along with data from the Swedish Government, shows that training young people to drive at an early age when they’re much more receptive to road safety messages really could save hundreds of lives per year.”

SEAT Young Driver is the only driver training course of its type in the UK, offering anyone aged between 11- and 17 years old the chance to get behind the wheel with a qualified ADI instructor and learn how to drive.

Research undertaken for the Swedish Government found that establishing a minimum number of hours of pre-test driving experience slashed accidents among young drivers by 40%****. SEAT Young Driver was set up in 2009 based on this research, and remains the only course of its type in the UK.

By the end of 2012 over 60,000 young people will have taken the SEAT Young Driver course, each of them equipped to go into their driving lessons at 17 having learned the fundamentals of driving.

Lessons take place throughout the UK, from Southampton to Glasgow, at venues with facilities for driver training away from the public highway; locations have included The NEC in Birmingham, Brent Cross in London and Metro Centre, Gateshead.

The course includes the very basics of manoeuvring a car, to more complex, real-world skills like overtaking, using a roundabout and reverse parking.

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SEAT introduces the Mii ‘Miinx’

SEAT has announced the introduction of a pink Mii, called the ‘Miinx’.

The Miinx is the work of Cornwall dealership Dales SEAT, and was created as a one-off show car after Sales Manager Tom Rawlings decided one evening that he fancied doing “something different.” Work began immediately, with the dealership choosing a Mii Sport in Deep Black metallic as the basis for the as-yet-unnamed car.

The Mii’s bodywork was covered in a pink gloss vinyl wrap, while the lights were tinted with a translucent film, resulting in a more pronounced, contrasting look.

Once the wrap had been applied, Dales posted a picture on Twitter and asked for some name ideas. ‘Miinky’, as it was for a while, generated plenty of discussion, though eventually the Miinx sobriquet was settled upon.

Aside from the wrap, the Miinx is a standard three-door Mii Sport. Power comes from a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine with 75 PS and it gets a generous standard equipment list including 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, leather steering wheel and gear knob, dark tinted rear windows, front fog lights, and sports suspension.

The Mii Miinx is a compact way of making a very big statement. It’s also charitable, with Dales planning to give £100 to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity for every car sold.

“One thing’s for sure, the Miinx is a car that always provokes a strong reaction, good or bad,” said Tom Rawlings.

“We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to the special edition since we launched it. From the day we first parked it outside our showroom, people have made a point of coming in to tell us what they think.

“The car’s also divided opinion on Twitter. I tweeted a photo and within minutes hundreds of people were commenting about it. But we couldn’t believe it when people from all over the place started calling the dealership to enquire about the car. We’ve obviously done something right,” he added.

Dales has received a raft of enquiries about the Miinx – one from as far afield as northern Scotland – and has consequently begun taking firm orders.

Every Miinx sold will come with the SEAT Portable System included – the removable multimedia device that SEAT is currently giving away free with cars bought using SEAT Solutions finance.

For more information on the SEAT Miinx call Dales SEAT now on 01209 821144. Follow Dales on Twitter @DALESCornwall, and SEAT @SEAT_cars_UK

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Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation Outlander on sale in Japan

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the launch of the all-new Outlander mid-size SUV for the Japan market at dealerships throughout Japan today. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the new Outlander after going on sale in Russia and Europe.

This successor of the previous Outlander core model (which sold about 660,000 units during its lifetime) harmoniously balances high levels of safety, high fuel efficiency, and extended utility to provide a “premium driving experience.”

The new Outlander represents the fusion of every facet of MMC’s car-building technology and knowhow. The focus for the new Outlander was on achieving a significantly refined look and feel that oozes quality in its exterior appearance, interior, and driving performance along with world-class safety features such as “e-Assist.” As a result it offers superior on-road safety performance with its advanced occupant safety features and high-performance 4WD drivetrain while also achieving excellent environmental performance through its extensive use of fuel efficiency technologies and reductions in weight.

Mitsubishi Motors’ next-generation outstanding Outlander

Outstanding Environmental Credentials
Designed to be eco-friendly, the Outlander accomplishes this with fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels that are among the best in class with Outlander diesel models recording 5.8L/100km and 153g/100kms respectively.

The all-new Outlander is fitted with next-generation Smart MIVEC engines with variable lift and timing control and ECO Drive Assistant Function.

The Outlander is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines with a diesel six-speed automatic model introduced to the Outlander range for the first time. Available on the Outlander 4WD LS and Outlander Aspire, the 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo charged MIVEC engine provides a superior level of environmental performance, with CO2 emissions of 153g/100kms which is amongst the best in its class. With a lighter body weight of 1610kg achieved through the optimisation of the body structure, the use of high-tensile strength panelling and improved aerodynamics, the Outlander diesel engine delivers fuel efficiency of 5.8L/100kms.

Outlander 2WD ES models are powered by the petrol 2.0-litre MIVEC engine which produces fuel economy of 7.0L/100kms in five-speed manual transmission and 6.6L/100kms in Continuously Variable Transmission. Outlander 4WD ES models use the 2.4-litre MIVEC engine mated to Continuously Variable Transmission to deliver fuel efficiency of 7.5L/100kms.

Furthermore, the new Outlander is equipped with an eco-friendly driving system, ECO Drive, which notifies the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency. Turning on ECO mode results in fuel-efficient driving with energy-saving control across the engine, air-conditioning and four-wheel drive systems.

Driving information from the ECO Drive mode is reviewed for each designated time period and a gauge is displayed using five leaves. This encourages the driver to learn and then adopt an environmentally-friendly driving style to achieve a ‘high’ score. This ECO score is displayed every three minutes during driving with a total score displayed for the time from ignition start to when it is turned off. The system also displays the status of environmentally-friendly driving in a bar graph, allowing drivers to understand the level of environmentally-friendly driving in real time.

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Mitsubishi Motors’ New-look ASX

MMAL’s CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, said the new-look ASX reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ global styling direction of Solid-Safe-Simple.

“The ASX is a popular vehicle in the Australian market and we are confident the new-look model will appeal to customers who want a versatile and stylish compact SUV,” Oshikiri said.

The ASX’s refined Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) provides a smoother, improved drive experience. Achieved through an adjusted relationship between throttle pedal opening and torque output, the new generation CVT delivers improved engine performance and acceleration.

As the best in class for fuel efficiency, using just 5.7-litres per 100 kilometres, the ASX 4WD Aspire six-speed manual is powered by a 1.8-litre turbo diesel engine. The CO2 emissions for this model are also low at 149 grams per kilometre. This economical performance is achieved via the variable valve timed diesel engine which features Mitsubishi’s MIVEC system, providing maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 300Nm of torque.

The ASX 2WD and ASX 2WD Aspire are powered by the fuel-efficient 2.0-litre engine that drives the front wheels through a choice of either five-speed manual gearbox or CVT and provides maximum outputs of 110kW of power and 197Nm. The 2WD ASX returns competitive fuel consumption figures of 7.9-litres per 100 kilometres in the CVT and 7.7-litres per 100 kilometres in the manual transmisson.

Already highly specified from a safety viewpoint with a five-star ANCAP rating, the ASX range utilises Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) structure, ASTC (Active Stability Control with Traction Control), Hill Start Control system, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and seven airbags, including driver and passenger front, side and curtain, and driver knee airbag as standard.

To complement the ASX’s refreshed exterior look, numerous interior and functionality upgrades have been made across the range including increased towing capacities of 1,300kg on petrol models and 1,400kg on diesel models.

Inside the cabin, chrome accents on the A/C dials and combination cluster meter give the interior a boost while the new sleeker steering wheel features easier to use controls.

A new audio system in the ASX 2WD features CD and iPod compatibility while the new generation audio display, available on 2WD and 4WD Aspire models, features a 6.1-inch full colour touch panel and rear-view camera with parking reference lines.

The ASX 2WD receives improved seat trim, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth hands-free system. The Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel and voice controls boosts convenience, making it easier and safer to make phone calls on the road.

The newly introduced ASX 2WD Aspire has extra features above the ASX 2WD including 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exhaust, front fog lamps and exterior chrome accents.

The interior of the ASX 2WD Aspire includes leather seat trim with heated front seats and power driver’s seat along with leather-look door trim and privacy glass.

Rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing headlamps make journeys in adverse conditions a little easier while the Smart Key system with one-touch start enhances the daily drive. The 2WD Aspire comes standard with reverse sensors and reverse camera to assist driver awareness and visibility.

Top of the range ASX 4WD Aspire builds on the two-wheel drive model’s specifications with the addition of panoramic roof as standard and an easier to use 4×4 button selector to switch between drive modes.

The ASX line-up is available in a range of colours including Starlight, Ironbark, White, Cool Silver, Black, Red and Titanium.

Mitsubishi retail offers a five year / 130,000 km new vehicle warranty, five year Roadside Assist and Capped Price Servicing for the first four years or 60,000 km of ownership on all new vehicles.*

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Mitsubishi Motors Refines the Legendary Pajero

Official Mitsubishi News – MMAL’s CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said the new-look Pajero line-up caters for four-wheel drive enthusiasts at all levels.

“From the entry-level GLX to the luxury Exceed, there is a Pajero to suit all budgets and to cater for all on and off-road needs,” Oshikiri said.

The Pajero is available with a powerful, fuel-efficient 3.2-litre Common Rail turbo diesel engine with the option of a 3.8-litre MIVEC petrol engine in the Exceed model. The Common Rail turbo diesel delivers a massive 147kW of power at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque at 2,000rpm while providing a smooth and fuel-efficient ride of 9.0L/100kms.

The MIVEC petrol engine option provides up to 184kW of power at 6,000rpm and torque of 329Nm at 2,750 rpm while delivering minimal fuel consumption of 13.5L/100km and a comfortable drive.

With such impressive power and torque, the Pajero’s huge three-tonne towing capacity means everything from a boat or caravan to a trailer can be towed with confidence. With flexible seating for up to seven people, the Pajero is the ultimate family car and because the third row of seats can be completely removed or folded and stored under the rear floor, there’s even more room to fit everything in. The addition of rear differential lock as standard across the 13MY Pajero range boosts the versatility of Mitsubishi’s legendary four-wheel drive.

The Pajero range offers outstanding occupant and driver safety utilising the latest Mitsubishi safety technology. Standard safety equipment includes Mitsubishi’s RISE body protection along with front driver and passenger, side and curtain SRS airbags and reversing camera to enhance driver visibility and awareness.

All Pajeros are equipped with MATT (Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology) which delivers superior off-road control and outstanding on-road safety and handling. To bolster the MATT package, 13MY Pajeros now come with rear differential lock as standard across the range. MATT incorporates a number of systems including Active Stability and Traction Control, ABS braking system with EBD and Super Select 4WD II. Super Select 4WD II lets the driver alternate between 2WD and 4WD modes at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour on any surface, making the switch from on-road fuel efficiency to off-road traction simple.

Available colour choices across the 2013 Pajero range include Cool Silver, Graphite, Champagne, Ironbark, Warm White, White and pearlescent Pitch Black.

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SEAT Invests £650m In New Leon Production

SEAT has started production of the new Leon hatchback at its factory in Martorell, Spain. The all-new model is the result of an overall investment of 800 million euros (c. £650m), primarily in vehicle research and development, and production facilities.

The stunning new SEAT Leon, which was unveiled at September’s Paris Motor Show, will drive the international expansion of SEAT and will increase production at the Martorell plant, where it will be built alongside the Ibiza, Altea, and Exeo – together with the Audi Q3.

The five-door hatchback is the first of the new Leon model family, which by 2014 will include a sleek three-door variant and a practical five-door estate. This approach mimics the blueprint of the hugely successful Ibiza range, and will help the Leon become a key competitor in the compact segment in Europe – which accounts for 38% of total car sales.

The production of the new Leon is not only great news for family car buyers, it’s also a big boost to the economy, ensuring 1,600 jobs on the Martorell production line plus more than 6,000 throughout the supply chain.

Dr. Andreas Tostmann, SEAT Executive Vice President for Production, said: “With the new Leon we have increased productivity by 10% and become more flexible, thus guaranteeing optimisation of production costs.”

Together, the first two generations of the Leon achieved total global sales of 1.2 million units, beginning with 1999’s original model and continuing with 2005’s second generation car. SEAT expects a continuation of this success story when sales of the all-new car begin this year in Europe. UK sales begin early 2013 – a year that will also see the global motor show debuts of the three-door and estate versions.

The new SEAT Leon is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB modular transverse platform, providing a significant reduction in manufacturing time compared with the second generation Leon.

The platform also offers greater flexibility, enabling production of the three versions of the Leon as well as Altea variants all on the same line. SEAT has also adapted its manufacturing processes to ensure the highest levels of precision and quality, by the use of latest-generation technologies such as laser welding and measurement, as well as hot stamping.

The new Leon is the first all-new production vehicle to display SEAT’s latest design language, and signals an enormous step forward for the brand, equipped with a host of ground-breaking technology for improved safety and enhanced connectivity; it is the first in its class to offer full LED headlights as an option.

It is 90 kilograms lighter and 52 millimetres shorter than its predecessor, improving fuel consumption and handling, yet it has more interior passenger space and luggage capacity. Every new Leon from launch is equipped with Start/Stop technology for greater efficiency – on average it consumes 15% less fuel than the previous generation.

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Cadillac Sponsors 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

Cadillac will be the primary sponsor of the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, taking place Nov. 11 in Old Winter Park, Fla.

Winter Park Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigiously-ranked and exotic classic car shows in the United States. During the one-day event, Winter Park’s downtown Park Avenue area will be closed, allowing up-close access to individual autos and automotive groupings. Accenting the event will be music and dining, all combining to make the Concours d’ Elegance a special day for visitors to Winter Park.

“Cadillac is pleased to support 2012 Concours d’Elegance,” said Dave Fitzwater, Cadillac Regional Director, Southeast Region. “Our brand is synonymous with luxury and design and we look forward to being a part of the beautiful display of classic cars that will be showcased.

A free event to the public, Concours d’Elegance is expected to draw more than 75,000 attendees, many of them from outside the Central Florida area.

“Between the classic car exhibitors and the people who travel to Central Florida to see the classic cars, we anticipate as many as 5,000 out-of-area attendees,” according to Tim Weber, who oversees the 2012 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance.

The three day automotive celebration begins with a ticket-only event at Sanford International Airport on Friday, Nov. 9 and concludes with the Concours event on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at media.cadillac.com.

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President of Volkswagen AG reiterates the commitment of the group to Spain

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, president of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors, has participated in the Hispano-German Entrepreneurs Meeting, which took place in the executive headquarters of the government, and which counted on the presence of the President of Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“Volkswagen will continue its close link with Spain in the future,” assured Dr. Winterkorn during his address before the heads of the principal German and Spanish companies. According to the president of the Volkswagen Group, Spain has played an exemplary role in the last few weeks, having taken brave but successful decisions. “Of course, results are not achieved from one day to the next, but the direction is the correct one. I am sure that they will be achieved,” he added.

The President of the Volkswagen AG Board of Directors highlighted the role of the Group within the automobile industry in Spain: “The activities of our Group represent 25% of the Spanish automotive industry and, with the SEAT brand, Volkswagen and Audi, we are among the companies with the highest volume of business in Spain. Besides, we are the major industrial investor in the area of research and development, and we employ more than 18,000 people between the factories of Pamplona and SEAT Martorell.”

Regarding the current situation of the automobile market Dr. Winterkorn pointed out:
“It is true that SEAT is especially suffering the steep drop of the domestic Spanish market, but it is also true that it has the product and the adequate team, so that when the market recuperates, the brand will grow exponentially. SEAT will continue to be a fundamental element in the global strategy of the Volkswagen Group,” he added.

Dr. Winterkorn also made reference to “the high rate of youth unemployment,” which poses “a complicated mortgage upon the future of Europe. Facing it should be the political as well as the economic objective.” He also confirmed the commitment of the company to future generations: “With the ‘Start Up Europe’ Program, we are creating professional opportunities for young engineers. And also here in Spain we are manifesting our commitment with the implementation of dual training,” he said.

“The Volkswagen Group is a perfect example for demonstrating that the ‘European Idea’ has future potential. We have 12 brands in 7 countries of the EU that work together successfully. At Volkswagen, we believe in Europe. And we are willing to give our support so that Spanish and European industries can be strong and solvent in the future,” he concluded.

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