Subaru plans to release first auto diesel
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.
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.