Subaru plans to re­lease first auto diesel

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THE first Subaru diesel with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion will be the Out­back, ar­riv­ing about this time next year. But it won’t have a tra­di­tional torque con­verter or fancy new dual-clutch au­to­matic. It will be the first diesel in our show­rooms with a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion. Subaru Australia boss Nick Se­nior says CVT will keep the en­gine revs within the nar­row power band of diesel en­gines.

AN Amer­i­can night­club owner has been jailed for life on drugs charges af­ter po­lice used the GPS in­for­ma­tion from his Jeep to track him to a drug ‘‘stash house’’. But the Supreme Court has ruled that it was il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional for po­lice to use GPS to track a sus­pect with­out a war­rant. The club owner was al­ready re­leased af­ter a suc­cess­ful ap­peal on other grounds.

AN elec­tric ve­hi­cle that folds it­self to save park­ing space will go into pro­duc­tion in Spain later this year. The Hiriko is a joint project with the Span­ish Gov­ern­ment, Basque busi­nesses and the US MIT Me­dia Lab. It folds the rear un­der the chas­sis to be two-thirds its nor­mal length when sta­tion­ary. The twoseater bub­ble car has a joy­stick in­stead of a steer­ing wheel, the driver and pas­sen­ger en­ter via a door on the front like the old BMW Isetta, and it has four-wheel steer­ing with an mo­tor in each wheel.

elec­tric

VE­HI­CLES pow­ered ex­clu­sively or in part by elec­tric mo­tors now make up one in four sold in Ja­pan, the world’s high­est pro­por­tion. Toy­ota is the clear leader in Ja­pan with 60 per cent of those ve­hi­cles, mostly hy­brids, ac­cord­ing to EV an­a­lysts Idtechex. They pre­dict EVS will sell about 22 mil­lion across the world in 10 years and con­sti­tute 35 per cent of the cars made in 2025.

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