Green Motor: Ford to pass hybrid sales record on Fusion, Ford C-Max

U.S. car maker Ford seeking to challenge Toyota’s dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its own full-year record for U.S. hybrid sales this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max models.

Hybrid deliveries for Ford reached a monthly record 8,481 in April, bringing the total this year to 29,561, said Erich Merkle, Ford’s U.S. sales analyst. Ford’s annual record for such sales was 35,496 in 2010.

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It appears as though we have been gifted our first look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-class courtesy of Mercedes-Benz itself. A photo of the redesigned luxury sedan apparently popped up on Benz’s Austrian consumer website; it allegedly was quickly taken down, but not before French motor blog site blogautomobile.fr snatched it and published it.

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2013 Chinese Grand Prix - Preview

 

The Formula One season resumes next week with the third round, the 2013 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, taking place at the 5.451 km Shanghai International Circuit, located 40 kms outside of the city. This year’s race will be the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Grand Prix which made its debut during the 2004 season. mehr »

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Mercedes-Benz Collection 2013: Fine materials, high-quality workmanship

Exactly 444 products are to be found on the 170 pages of the new Mercedes-Benz Collection 2013 catalogue. Highlights include the Fitness, Trekking and Kids’ Bikes as well as high-quality luggage. The new catalogue is available now from Mercedes-Benz sales partners or can be browsed online at www.mercedes-benz-accessories.com.

Watches, Fashion, Accessories, Travel, Key Rings, Gift Ideas, Sport, Model Cars and AMG – just a look at the headings of the nine sections of the catalogue is enough to get an idea of the diversity of the Mercedes-Benz Collection 2013. Here are some of the highlights at a glance:

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Techno Classica | Mercedes-Benz S-Class a star @ Techno Classica 2013 Oldtimer Show in Essen

From 10 to 14 April 2013, Mercedes-Benz Classic is making the exclusive history of the S-Class and its pioneering innovations the main focus of its brand presentation at the 25th Techno Classica in Essen. The world’s oldest car manufacturer will be presenting its exhibits at the largest international trade fair for classic vehicles on a stand covering 4500 square metres in hall 1 of the Essen Exhibition Grounds.

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MotorBlogWatch March 29| Subaru WRX, Camaro Z/28 revival, Corvette Racer Crash

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 AutoMotortech | Honda to introduce City-Brake Active System to Help Prevent Low Speed Accidents 29.03.2013 – Honda has developed an accident avoidance support system called City-Brake Active System.

The City-Brake Active System operates when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of less than 30km/h*. It uses a laser radar installed in the upper part of the windscreen to detect when a collision is imminent. If the City-Brake Active System identifies** a high risk of collision it will issue audio and visual warnings to the driver. If the driver does not take action to avoid the collision then the system will automatically apply the brakes. mehr »

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MotorSports | From the US to Japan – SLS AMG GT3 starts on five continents

Affalterbach March 28, 2013 – The customer sports program of Mercedes-AMG will take an active part in the 2013 racing year all over the globe. The SLS AMG GT3 will moreover start in the US for the first time. In the 2013 motorsports season, the race version of the gullwing car will take part in more than 22 race series on five continents.

The German team H.T.P. Motorsport will enter three SLS AMG GT3 into the new FIA GT World. Seyffarth Motorsport will participate in the race series as well.

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MotorSports | Renault Alpine: Fastest lap time at Circuit Paul Ricard … out of the box!

Signatech-Alpine’s busy March programme concluded with a two-day test session at Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Following the announcement of Alpine’s return to endurance racing at Le Mans on March 8, and after the N°36 prototype’s official unveiling at L’Atelier Renault, Paris, on March 22, the new car finally got to make its track debut on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. mehr »

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Reveal concept-car Renault-Ross Lovegrove

Renault and Ross Lovegrove will unveil a concept-car at the Triennale of Milano April 8th at 12:00, a new creation that underline Renault’s Design strategy.

Renault and Lovegrove Studio collaboration to explore new design languages. By examining nature, its systems and energy transactions this project intends to bring awareness and understanding of those phenomena and their current impact.

Working with contemporary computational design, Ross Lovegrove and his studios intension is to reveal natures underlying blueprints and transfer them into a new design language.

The concept-car will be on exhibition at the Triennale of Milan from April 9th to 14th.

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