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PR Expert Joins Toyota Communications

The Marketing Communications Department of Toyota South Africa Motors has appointed Thabo Smouse as Manager: Special Projects and Product Communications, effective 15 January 2018. Thabo’s portfolio will focus on special sponsorship-based projects, together with selected product communications for both the Toyota and Lexus brands. Thabo’s ten years’ experience in communications, including a stint in the PR divisions at Nissan Group of ...

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Volkswagen Group deliveries reach all-time high

…Attracts 10.74 Million Customers In 2017 The Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles than ever before in fiscal year 2017: 10.74 million customers worldwide chose a vehicle from the Volkswagen Group. As a result, Group deliveries rose 4.3 percent compared with the previous year. At almost one million units, deliveries in December were up by a clear 8.5 percent. Matthias Müller, ...

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Audi Closes 2017 with New Record-Breaking Sales

AUDI AG has increased its global sales for the eighth year in a row. Despite a turbulent first half of the year, the company achieved a new record-breaking figure: Around 1,878,100 deliveries represent an increase of 0.6 percent. The Four Rings sold more than in the previous year in all three core markets in 2017: In the United States, Audi ...

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Defender Lives On: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Land Rover on Wednesday announced a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with up to 150 V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018. The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which ...

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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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