DESPITE little commitment from the factory, it is believed that the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept shown at the 2010 Beijing motor show is heading for production. The wagon, based on the new CLS platform, is expected to reach the European market as early as late next year and possibly in Australia that year or early 2013. Its four-door sedan sister, the CLS, arrives in Australia in June. ALL BMW’s future four-cylinder engines will be turbocharged, says sources in Europe. The turbocharged fours are expected to range from 1.4 to 2.0-litres will be built on the same aluminium block. Aside from capacity, they will differ by choosing between two turbochargers and engine mapping protocols. The aluminium block will have a lining of just 0.3 millimeters using sprayed-on iron technology and should mean considerably lower weights for the engine range. FOUR-time world rally champion, Finn Juha Kankkunen has driven a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on the frozen Baltic Sea at 330.695km/ h to set a new world speed record on ice. The all-wheel drive, 6-litre, 12-cylinder Continental Supersports was running on biofuel, and enabled Juha to shatter his own 2007 world ice speed record of 321.6km/ h set in a Continental GT coupe at the same location. MITSUBISHI is to build a plugin hybrid SUV from 2012 and says it plans to lead the market in plug-in hybrid vehicles - hybrids that can be fully recharged at home - by using the technology developed for existing electric vehicles such as its i-MiEV. The new SUV is coded PX MiEV.
Holden credits the late Jack Rawnsley with not only pioneering the 48-215 project that seeded