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Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! -

NIS­SAN has turned its elec­tric Leaf into a race con­cept. The Leaf Nismo RC, re­vealed this week in New York, wraps a lithium-ion bat­tery pack and 80kW elec­tric mo­tor in a low­ered light­weight car­bon-fi­bre body. Nis­san says it hits 100km/h in 6.85sec­onds and has a top speed of 150km/h. It can recharge up to 80 per cent ca­pac­ity in 30 min­utes, and a race run­ning time of about 20 min­utes, which looks to make for some very short races or long pit stops. THE world’s most ex­pen­sive car took cen­tre stage as Aston Martin opened a deal­er­ship among one of the world’s poor­est pop­u­la­tions in In­dia. The $2.2mil­lion lim­ited-edi­tion One-77 was the high­light of the show­room open­ing in Mum­bai; the com­pany’s global net­work to­tals 134 deal­ers in 42 coun­tries. AMER­I­CANS are avoid­ing Asian car brands be­cause of the Pana earth­quake and tsunami. Re­search firm TNS says that more than a quar­ter of US con­sumers sur­veyed are less in­clined to buy an Asian car. It also found al­most half thought the disas­ter would cause short­ages and in­crease spare parts prices. About a third feared price rises for Ja­panese ve­hi­cles. When asked which brands would be most af­fected, 63 per cent put Toy­ota first, fol­lowed by Honda, Mit­subishi, Nis­san, and Mazda. Sur­pris­ingly, one in five men­tioned Korean brands Hyundai and Kia. A UK elec­tri­cian faces the sack for plac­ing a small palm cross on the dash of his com­pany van. Bosses at the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion in York­shire where Colin Atkin­son has worked for 15 years asked him to re­move the re­li­gious sym­bol be­cause it could of­fend ten­ants. But the 64-year-old re­fused to com­ply with the de­mands and may be forced to at­tend a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

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