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Mazda Tops United States EPA Fuel Economy List

Mazda has the most fuel-efficient model line-up on U.S. roads for the fifth consecutive year, according to the annual Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report* published last week by that country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The average manufacturer adjusted fuel economy of Mazda models sold in the U.S. during the 2016 model year was 29.6 miles per gallon (7.9l/100km) for ...

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Swedish Engine Plant Is Volvo Cars’ First Climate-Neutral Manufacturing Site

Volvo Cars’ engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company’s first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating as of 1 January 2018. Skövde is the first plant in Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach this status, which marks a significant step towards the company’s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025. Skövde also becomes ...

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Bus Catches Fire Killing 52 Uzbeks

A bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan this morning, killing 52 citizens of neighboring Uzbekistan, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday. The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border. It was unclear in ...

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Drunk Driver Makes 17 Spins Round Roundabout

A Frenchman, who drank excessive amounts of alcohol and then drove 17 times round a roundabout, said he had not heard the sirens when police finally brought him to a halt. The dizzying drive was not the 73-year-old’s first offence of its kind, Ouest France newspaper, which reported the tale, said of the incident in Brittany, western France. The driver’s ...

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Toyota Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. With Annual $60,000 Donation

In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced its continued support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with its annual donation of $60,000 to five HBCUs and the Tom Joyner Foundation. A long-standing supporter of the African-American community, TFS established the donation to meet and assist numerous talented young ...

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Land Rover’s 70th Anniversary Begins With Restoration Of ‘Missing’ Original 4×4

Land Rover will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations in 2018, beginning with the restoration of the vehicle that started it all – one of the three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. This gave the world its first glimpse of the shape that would become instantly recognizable as a ...

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BMW Sets Two Guinness World Records Titles 

BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz drifted an all-new BMW M5 sedan 232.5 miles around a skid pad at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC, setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Greatest distance vehicle drift in 8 hours.  Schwartz shattered the previous record by 143 miles.  A second GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Longest twin vehicle ...

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Toyota Expands Takata Air Bag Safety Recall

Toyota Motor North America, Inc. on Tuesday announced that, based on recent information from Takata as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is expanding its recall involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators. The involved vehicles are equipped with a particular type of Takata inflator.  According to Takata, a safety defect may arise in the front passenger ...

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2017: South African Vehicle Sales End on Positive Note

The new vehicle industry ended 2017 on a positive note, according to the annual sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).   Despite December 2017’s year-on-year sales declining 2.4%, the year-to-date new car sales for 2017 still grew 1.8%. In total, 557 586 new vehicles were sold in South Africa during 2017. “The new vehicle market’s ...

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