VWto join Mex­i­can wave

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DE­MAND in the United States has con­vinced Volk­swa­gen to build an all-new en­gine fac­tory in Mex­ico as part of its drive to be­come the world’s best sell­ing car brand by 2018.

The fac­tory in Si­lao is cost­ing more than $600 mil­lion and will pro­vide en­gines for fac­to­ries in Pue­bla, Mex­ico and Chat­tanooga in the US from 2013. FIVE Aus­tralian groups will be part of a world­wide plug-in hy­brid trial be­ing run by Toy­ota.

Govern­ment and busi­ness are the most likely choices to run the plug-in Prius cars, which are up­dated from the reg­u­lar show­room model with a lithium-ion bat­tery pack and a more so­phis­ti­cated hy­brid sys­tem. ONE of the spear­heads of so­lar power in Aus­tralia has died sud­denly dur­ing a trip to China. David Fewchuk, once a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with Ford Aus­tralia who helped de­velop the Capri con­vert­ible, was a chair­man of the Aurora So­lar Car As­so­ci­a­tion. FEWER teenagers are get­ting a driv­ing li­cence in the US, ac­cord­ing to Fed­eral data cov­er­ing 16, 17 and 18-year olds.

The de­cline is about 17 per cent for 16-year-olds, 16 per cent for 17-year-olds and 8.4 per cent for 18-year olds, mean­ing that 161,000 fewer teenagers got a li­cence in 2008 than in 1999, the years avail­able for com­par­i­son. AN In­vis­i­ble Car will be the unique cen­tre­piece of the Kumho Tyres stand at this month’s Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show, de­signed to al­low vis­i­tors to imag­ine the tyres as the start­ing point of build­ing a car.

Vis­i­tors to the stand on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 23 can also meet play­ers from NRL club St Ge­orge Illawarra Dragons. PEU­GEOT Citroen has an­nounced a new joint ven­ture with Chi­nese Mo­tor­ing group Dongfeng Mo­tors aimed at in­creas­ing mar­ket share to 5 per cent in China by 2015.

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