Mahin­dra hopes for As­ton Martin deal

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CLASS SALE The In­dian con­glom­er­ate Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra wants to buy As­ton Martin, which would see it em­u­late In­dian ri­val Tata, which owns the Bri­tish lux­ury duo Jaguar and Land Rover. Kuwaiti in­vest­ment group Dar is ex­pected to make a de­ci­sion on who it will sell to as early as next week. A Lon­don-based Euro­pean group In­vestin­dus­trial ev­i­dently bid $401m for a 40% stake in As­ton Martin, but this of­fer was bet­tered by Mahin­dra, which re­cently took over South Korean ve­hi­cle maker SsangY­ong.

New RAV4 ar­rives at last

SHOW­ROOM The long wait for a new RAV4 is al­most over, with the ar­rival of an all new de­sign at this week’s Los An­ge­les Mo­tor Show. Honda will also show a re­vised ver­sion of its Civic that was launched only 18 months ago and met with some crit­i­cism. The mid-cy­cle re­vi­sion will fea­ture a new in­stru­ment panel and cen­tre con­sole, which were ev­i­dently crit­i­cised. An­other new model that will de­but at the show is a sleek Kia Cer­ato sedan.

VW Jetta hits 300km/h on flats

HY­BRID NO SLOUCH: A Volk­swa­gen Jetta with petrol-elec­tric hy­brid power showed it is no slouch when it set a class speed record at the Bon­neville Salt Flats re­cently. One of its two timed runs was more than 300km/h and it av­er­aged 299,8km/h for the two. The car was pow­ered by a 1.4l di­rect in­jec­tion TSi en­gine and an elec­tric mo­tor.

In­finiti Red Bull Rac­ing be­gins

F1 FAVOURITE In­finiti, Nis­san’s lux­ury car brand, has ex­tended the scope of its involvement with the cham­pi­onship-win­ning Red Bull team in For­mula One rac­ing. In­finiti be­came a team spon­sor last year, as its Al­liance part­ner, Re­nault, pro­vides the en­gines to the team, but is now part of the team’s name: In­finiti Red Bull Rac­ing. It has signed a con­tract un­til 2016.

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