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Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today began sales of the all-new Grace hybrid sedan at dealerships across Japan.Being developed as a compact sedan for a new era under the development concept “innovation of the compact sedan,” the all-new Grace fuses together the easy handling and excellent fuel economy of a compact vehicle in 5-number size category and spacious cabin, stately styling, high visibility and tactile qualities and agile driving experience of an upper-middle-class sedan. While a compact sedan, the cabin space for rear seat occupants...Continue reading »

Since the premiere of the first four-wheel drive BMW 325i in 1985, BMW has consistently expanded its four-wheel drive competence with new models and constant further development in the field of drive technology. One of the milestones is undoubtedly the intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive, which was first used in the BMW X3 and the X5 in 2004 and is now available for numerous models and series. Even at that time, engineers did not focus solely on improving traction and vehicle stability. In addition to a high degree of functionality...Continue reading »

Volvo Car Group, the Swedish company owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, is committed to making China the centerpiece of its global expansion plans by establishing new manufacturing facilities and ensuring its most up to date models are manufactured in China and made available for sale both domestically and internationally. China is poised to replace the US as Volvo Cars largest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars, up from 61,146 in 2013, highlighting the company’s growing presence in the world’s fastest growing...Continue reading »

Mazda Motor Corporation today revealed updated versions of the Mazda6 (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan) and Mazda CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.*1 The updated models will go on sale in Japan and the USA in January 2015 before being rolled out to other global markets. Both the updated Mazda6 and CX-5 adopt Mazda’s latest ideas and technologies to offer new levels of depth and maturity. They feature a more refined design expression, enhanced dynamic performance for a higher-quality and more comfortable ride, the Mazda Connect car connectivity...Continue reading »

Round 6 of the SUPER GT, the “International Suzuka 1000km” will be held over August 30th-31st at Suzuka Circuit, Mie Prefecture. The Suzuka 1000km is a classic event which debuted in 1966 and, although discontinued for a brief period, will be held for the 43rd time this year. The tradition of firing off fireworks in conjunction with the waving of the checkered flag is a unique part of this event which has become a jewel in the crown of the summer season. With the Fuji round moved from the beginning of September to the beginning of...Continue reading »

As 2015 draws near (the current year passed so fast!), car brands intensify their efforts to amaze us with exciting new means of transportation. Among them are minivans – perhaps one of the car niches most eagerly followed by customers. Why? Well, whether it’s all about the daily chores like picking up kids from school and grocery shopping or something more special like a holiday journey across the country, what you need in the end is a roomy vehicle. Here is the 2015 minivan Fantastic Four – the best ways to make some room on the...Continue reading »

After competing for most of the first half of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season on gravel, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is ready to make its debut on the first proper tarmac event of the season at Rallye Deutschland next week. With Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau only 225km away from the rally base in Trier, Rallye Deuschland can be considered as the team’s home rally. Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC #7) will lead the three-car squad entered by the team at Rallye Deutschland. The...Continue reading »

Today’s cars feature the best in tyre technology. Tyres help to stop us from having accidents. That is because they maintain good traction on the road, regardless of the weather conditions. It’s no secret that some makes of tyre are better than others. Apart from vulcanised rubber, tyres contain chemical compounds to slow the tyre ageing process. That means the tyres we buy today will still be just as good in the future as they are now. While that is all great news, the not-so great news is that a lot of car owners don’t look after...Continue reading »

Ford Finishing Order: 5th – Joey Logano 12th – Brad Keselowski 13th – Greg Biffle 15th – Carl Edwards 21st – Aric Almirola 22nd – Marcos Ambrose 23rd – Juan Pablo Montoya 24th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 35th – David Ragan 36th – David Gilliland 43rd – Trevor Bayne JOEY-LOGANO-No.-22-Shell-Pennzoil-Ford-Fusion TREVOR BAYNE – No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion – “I had a right-rear tire go down getting into turn three.  I thought I felt it about a half-a-lap sooner, but just didn’t have time to check it out. ...Continue reading »

The Zent Cerumo Lexus RC F SuperGT race car took out the Sugo 300km endurance race held at Japan’s Sugo International raceway at the weekend.Held under difficult conditions, Saturday qualifying was cancelled due to heavy fog and rain while a clearer Sunday allowed for early qualifying. Conditions had worsened by the afternoon with the race starting under light rain and a wet track, bringing team strategy and tyre choice into play. The Zent Cerumo RC F team elected to remain on slick tyres while a number of others dived into the pits...Continue reading »