BRIEFS

As­ton Martin re­call

South Waikato News - - MOTORING -

The dis­cov­ery of an ac­cel­er­a­tor de­fect dur­ing a me­dia event has led Bri­tish sports car maker As­ton Martin to call back nearly 3000 cars world­wide. As­ton Martin says a sup­plier used ‘‘a plas­tic ma­te­rial that was not in ac­cor­dance with the As­ton Martin de­sign spec­i­fi­ca­tion’’ for pedal as­sem­blies and that the throt­tle pedal arm could break with­out warn­ing. ‘‘So far, we have been un­able to pre­dict which parts will fail, but we sus­pect the bro­ken parts had been sub­jected to heavy use,’’ As­ton Martin said. Af­fected mod­els in­clude 2012-2014 DB9, DBS, Rapide, V12 Van­tage, V8 Van­tage Coupe and Vi­rage mod­els, about 2800 in all. Fer­rari Pres­i­dent Luca di Mon­teze­molo has of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated the new Museo Fer­rari in Maranello. The build­ing, which has been ex­tended by more than 1000sqm and com­pletely ren­o­vated in fit­tings and lay­out, holds the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion of the most sig­nif­i­cant sin­gle-seaters in the Scud­e­ria’s his­tory, as well as tem­po­rary exhibitions with the lat­est ‘‘From Cinecitta to Hol­ly­wood, all Fer­raris in the cin­ema’’. Toy­ota launched the Scion brand in the US to bring in younger buy­ers, but it is start­ing to founder. Scion sales are up this year, thanks to the new FRS, which is built by Subaru and is the Toy­ota GT86 in other coun­tries. But with­out the FR-S, Scion would be in big trou­ble. Sales of its other four mod­els are plum­met­ing. New de­tails have emerged of Ford’s up­com­ing 2015 Mus­tang. The all-new Mus­tang due in 2015 will not only be avail­able in left- and right-hand drive, but will of­fer four-, six- and eight- cylin­der en­gines. In a twist, the en­try-point will be a V6, with an EcoBoost 2.3-litre four form­ing the midrange choice, with the V8s of course at the top. The 2015 Mus­tang will fi­nally ditch its solid rear axle for a mod­ern in­de­pen­dent set-up. Hal­lelu­jah.

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