Van­tas­tic

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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.

SAINTLY EVENING

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.

GREENER PRO­DUC­TION

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.

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