Ford shows some enterprise with the Sierra
THIS week’s picture from Ford of Britain’s centenary archive shows the “jelly mould” Ford Sierra, launched in late 1982, the same year as the futuristic Space Shuttle.
The 1983 XR4i Sierra was snapped at Stansted, where the Enterprise was on a European tour.
The same computers are believed to have helped with the design of both vehicles.
Suzuki’s low-emission Swift 1248cc diesel is now in showrooms. Its heart is a new 74bhp 1.3 engine which offers 67.3mpg and 109g/km CO2 paying just £20 a year in road tax but liable to the London congestion tax.
Price: £12,890 for the fivedoor SZ3 with 16in alloys.
Volvo is developing a system that alerts and automatically brakes for animals on the road. The system, due for launch in a few years time, uses the radar and camera technology as used for Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake which is available on S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80.
One challenge facing the engineers is to teach the system to recognise different animals.
A team spent an evening at a safari park digitally logging behavioural patterns of animals, such as moose and deer.
In Sweden alone, more than 40,000 accidents involving wild animals are reported every year.