Formula One: Ferrari not expecting miracles from engine upgrades

MONTREAL, Canada  (AFP)–Ferrari are not expecting miracles in improved performance from their upgraded power units this weekend, Finn Kimi Raikkonen said on Thursday. The Italian team, without a win this year, are to introduce revisions for both the turbo and the compressor for their cars at the Canadian Grand Prix. “This is a step forward, but how much only time will tell,” Raikkonen told reporters. “It is a new part and we never put new parts […]

Formula One: Hamilton revived to reignite his title defence

MONTREAL, Canada  (AFP)  —Lewis Hamilton seeks to confirm his title defence is back on track at Montreal, one of his most rewarding, circuits, a fortnight after his resounding return to form and first win of 2016. Hamilton’s win on the unforgiving street circuit of Monte Carlo was his first in seven months since clinching his third title triumph in Texas last year and, with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finishing seventh, he cut the German’s lead from […]

Mexico cracks down on capital’s car pollution

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP)–Mexico’s government announced Tuesday measures to reduce smog in the capital by preventing corruption at emission inspection centers that have allowed polluting cars to stay on the road. The environment ministry unveiled the new rules three months after authorities issued the first air quality alert in 13 years in the greater Mexico City area. Normally, cars that pass emissions tests are allowed to drive every day while those that fail have to stay off […]

S. Korea calls for Nissan to face charges over emissions

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP)  6/7/2016 —South Korea has called for car giant Nissan to face criminal charges for allegedly manipulating emissions data on a popular sports utility vehicle, weeks after Seoul slapped the firm with a fine over the issue. The environment ministry called on state prosecutors to probe Nissan Korea after saying tests had shown an emission defeat system on the Qashqai model that made it appear to be less polluting than it really was. It […]

Auto racing: Power captures IndyCar Detroit finale

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES (AFP)–Team Penske’s Will Power bounced back from qualifying disappointment to win the second race of the IndyCar weekend double-header at Detroit on Sunday. The Australian, whose pole-winning qualifying lap was disallowed on Sunday morning, showed he didn’t need the premium starting spot as he bulled his way to a 26th career IndyCar victory. Power finished 0.9203 of a second ahead of Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud of France after 70 laps on […]

Auto racing: Pagenaud on pole for IndyCar Detroit opener

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) Friday 6/3/2016 —France’s Simon Pagenaud resumed his assault on the IndyCar Series championship on Friday, capturing pole position for the first race in this weekend’s double-header in Detroit. Pagenaud’s fast lap in the Fast Six, the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying on the 2.35-mile (3.78 Km) temporary street course, was 1min 14.9166sec. He edged Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves of Brazil by 0.0119 of a second and led a Penske sweep […]

Top Gear star to film new auto show in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (AFP) 6/2/2016–The season premiere of former British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime show will be filmed in South Africa in July, the streaming service announced Thursday. Clarkson, who was dropped from hit BBC motoring show “Top Gear” in 2015 for punching a producer, is reuniting with his co-stars to make a new series about cars for Amazon Prime. The show, called The Grand Tour, will follow Clarkson, James May and […]

US auto sales slow in May; GM hit hard

NEW YORK, United States  (AFP)  6/1/2016 —US auto sales slipped into lower gear in May, with the country’s leading automaker General Motors taking a hard hit as consumers curbed spending ahead of the summer driving season. Analysts had expected softer May sales following a blockbuster April as a seven-year boom in the auto industry shows signs of moderating. Though job growth has been solid and wages are inching up, consumers have recently turned a bit less […]

Volkswagen ‘satisfied’ with Q1 despite profit slump

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP)  5/31/2016 – Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday that it was satisfied with business in the first quarter, despite falling sales and profits, and it would stick to its targets for the whole year. “The VW group put in a solid performance in the first three months,” the statement said. “In view of the many challenges we’re currently facing, we’re satisfied overall with the start we made into what will undoubtedly be a […]

Auto Racing: US rookie Rossi hangs on to win 100th Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, United States (AFP) —Alexander Rossi, a former Formula One test driver in only his sixth IndyCar race, captured the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, conserving fuel over the last 36 laps to win his Indy debut. The 24-year-old Californian spent three years as an F1 test driver and raced five times last year, then switched to IndyCar and used a fuel-saving run to take a shocking 200-lap triumph on the 2.5-mile (4km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. […]

Jeep Wrangler now comes in five variants

The Jeep Wrangler moves into 2016 with updates designed to further enhance the Wrangler ownership experience. The combination of open-air freedom, off-road capability and on-road refinement has brought Jeep Wrangler’s popularity at an all-time high. For 2016, the Jeep Wrangler comes in five variants:Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, All-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S (3.6L V6 or 2.8L Diesel), and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. Features for the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited line-up […]

GM venture to recall over two million cars in China

SHANGHAI, China (AFP)  5/27/2016 —US auto giant General Motors (GM) will recall more than two million vehicles produced through a joint venture in China because of an engine component flaw, the firm and officials said. The venture between GM and Shanghai-based SAIC will recall 2.16 million Buick and Chevrolet branded vehicles because their engine valves could corrode after extended use, the company said on Thursday. Business media outlet Caixin reported that the recall was the largest in […]