BMW AFFRONT BMWIS to reveal a GT variant of the compact 1 Series at October’s Paris Auto Show and— deep breath— admit it’s a front-wheel drive. It will be the first of many. Just asbmw calls its SUVS Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVS), it apparently calls the 1 Series Gran Turismo a Compact Activity Tourer (CAT). Calm down now— the claim is made ONBMW Blog, an unaffiliated US enthusiast website responsible for the 2011 April Fool’s Day joke that Bimmer was about to release an M3 pick-up. BMW Australia spokesman Piers Scott says he has ‘‘ no information on such a car’’.
DUMMY FAMILY GETS VOCAL
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has launched a campaign to raise the crash testing organisation’s profile and highlight the importance of five-star cars. ANCAP wants more new-car buyers to consider the crash test ratings. The campaign introduces a ‘‘ crash test family’’ to remind buyers of the implications of crashes. View ancap.com.au.
GOOD OIL Petrol prices could fall this year. Shell predicts oil prices could drop to about $70 a barrel from the current price of $110-plus, citing high volatility in the economy and energy markets. Royal Dutch Shell has revealed its 2011 results: profits rose 54 per cent to $28.6bn.
TIME’S SIGNS Nanny-state signs, traffic signals, kerbs and barriers have been removed from one of London’s busiest streets. And road safety experts believe the removal of ‘‘ street clutter’’ on Exhibition Road will make things safer for motorists and the millions of pedestrians and tourists who visit the museum area in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.