MO­TOR­ING BRIEFS

Chevy El Camino Holden

South Waikato News - - MOTORING -

Gen­eral Mo­tors has filed an ap­pli­ca­tion with the United States Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice to pro­tect the El Camino name, a new report in­di­cates. Chevro­let is work­ing with Aus­tralia’s Holden to bring the his­toric name­plate back into show­rooms. Like the Com­modore, which will be sold in the US as the muchawaited four-door SS, the El Camino will be built in Aus­tralia and ex­ported to the United States in lim­ited quan­ti­ties. A free trade agree­ment signed be­tween the US and Aus­tralia means that Holden will be able to get around the 25 per­cent so-called ‘‘Chicken Tax’’ that has been slapped on ev­ery for­eign-built com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle since 1963. Holden has nei­ther con­firmed

nor de­nied the report. The re­born Chi­nese-owned MG brand that we scooped with a road test of its MG6 model in Fe­bru­ary has whipped up a new spe­cial edi­tion of its mid-size lift­back model to mark its re­turn to the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car PSA Peu­geot/Citroen is de­vel­op­ing a new range of small high-ef­fi­ciency en­gines of 1.0 and 1.2 litres called the PureTech fam­ily, each with power rat­ings of at least 50kW/ litre. The range is ex­pected to be made avail­able for any joint ven­ture part­ners as they are needed. GM might be kick­ing it­self in light of hav­ing re­cently pulled out of an in­tended tech­nol­ogy and plat­form shar­ing agree­ment with the PSA group.

TRADE­MARK: An ap­pli­ca­tion has been filed to pro­tect the El Camino name.

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