VWto join Mexican wave
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.