Both Holden And Ford Will Be

Getting on the wagon - the boost wagon, that is - as the world's auto makers turn to forced induction to lower emissions without penalising power outputs. GM is believed to be developing a direct-injection 3.0-litre V6 with twin turbochargers in order for the General to compete with Ford's 265kW 3.5-litre EcoboostV6. The new engine, which is said to carry the codenarne If 3, would likely debut in the new Cadillac flagship, the XTS, in late 2011 and would be a no-biainer for the Commodore. This...

Mazda Has So Far Resisted

The urge to go hybrid but will have petrol-electric vehicles on sale by 2013. It will use Tbyota-supplied series parallel hybrid systems but will integrate them with its own petrol engines and transmissions, utilising the new 'Sky' direct-injection units and its new six-speed automatic gearbox, both of which will debut next year in conventional model series. Mazda will not develop standalone hybrids like the Prius or Honda Insight but will integrate the hybrid drive technology into conventional...

Daimler And Renault

Have formed a strategic alliance to co-operate on platform development and share drivetKiin technologies. Most of the brands associated with the two companies are affected Mercedes, Nissan, Smart, Renault and Infiniti. Savings of 2 billion each are estimated for Daimler and Renault over the next five years as a result of sharing costs on common parts. Each brand will continue to have its own identity and character through the continued development of specific parts, but drivelines, electrical...

Smits Group

Beware the charging bull, Ferrari There's plenty of life yet in Lamborghini's iconic supersports car, the Gallardo, as the new Superleggera version shows version of the all-wheel-drive Gallardo A full 40kg less than the limited-edition rear-drive Balboni version released last year to mark the retirement of Lamborghini's legendary test driver. Valentino Balboni is famed for taming fire-breathing, rear-drive supercars like the Countach, the stuff of many a magazine feature at the end of last...

Suzuki Has Added To The Kizashi

Portfolio, debuting a Sport model at the New York show. The new midsized sedan lands here soon, but has, been on sale in the US since last year Of the Sport, Suzuki says, ' ft provides us with an opportunity to build on the sport sedan's short-term accomplishments and further engage driving enthusiasts looking for an affordable alternative to luxury performance vehicles' Changes amount largely to a body kit that comprises spoilers front and rear, and side sills, a lowered ride height arid...