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Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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

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