THE Sevel factory in Italy, a joint venture between Fiat and PSA-Citroen, has built its four millionth vehicle – a Fiat Ducato Maxi with 13 cubic metres of space and a total gross weight of 3.5 tonnes, equipped with a 3.0 Multijet Power engine with the MTA automatic transmission.
Fitted out with ESP, Cruise Control, bi-link rear suspension system, rear doors opening 270, automatic climate control and radio with CD player, the vehicle was bought by a German customer.
Sevel is the largest European factory producing mediumlarge vans, while the Ducato X250 family (pictured) is the top seller of its segment in Europe with more than 30 per cent of the market.
IT was a night which shone with the light of luminaries, when leaders of religion, politics, business and the arts gathered to honour Australia’s first Saint and provide some worldly support for the Mary MacKillop Foundation.
Among the 750 guests at the celebration dinner at Sydney Town Hall was Prime Minister Julia Gillard who spoke of the privilege of living in a country where religious freedom was practised every day. The Prime Minister promised $1.5 million to assist the canonisation celebrations and the Mary MacKillop Foundation. Kia Australia and Peter Warren Kia, joined the celebration by donating a Rio S manual to the auction held to raise fund for the foundation.
GENUINELY LUBED UP
HINO Australia has launched its own range of Genuine oils and lubricants, specifically tailored to suit its vehicle range.
The X range of oils and lubricants has been developed to provide maximum benefit to Hino vehicles. Eight products are currently available under the Hino Genuine Series brand, including engine, differential and manual transmission oils, and coolant.
A NEW $300 million Toyota plant in Melbourne will produce engines that deliver reduced carbon emissions, the car giant says. The plant will include the production of hybrid engines and four-cylinder new generation engines.
The engine plant at Altona, in Melbourne’s west, is being backed by $63 million in federal government funding along with Victorian government funding.
More than 100,000 engines will be produced each year at the plant, scheduled to begin in the second half of 2012.