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Mercedes, VW ending badge-engineered Sprinter deal in 2016

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Back in January, we heard that Volkswagen and Daimler would not be renewing an agreement that provided VW with the fullsize Crafter van based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. This agreement, which began in 2005, was only supposed to run until the end of 2016, and now Mercedes has confirmed the report stating that the partnership will terminate as planned.

While VW is looking past this deal to develop an in-house van with its truck and bus subsidiary MAN, Mercedes seems eager to end the partnership in order to focus on producing more Sprinters for its own brands (including Freightliner). In addition to the redesigned 2014 Sprinter, Mercedes says that sales of the van in Asia, South America and Russia continue to increase. Europe remains the Sprinter’s strongest market holding an 18-percent share of the medium and large van markets in 2012.

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Mercedes, VW ending badge-engineered Sprinter deal in 2016 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Subaru debuts tougher-looking Outback for Australia [w/poll]

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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2014 Subaru Outback (Australian version)

If you’re going to name a car after a specific location or region, you’d better make sure it’s taken seriously in the place it’s named for. You’re not likely to see a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Monaco, and the Alfa Romeo Montreal was never even officially offered in North America, but the Subaru Outback is another story.

Subaru apparently takes the Australian market, whose wilderness its jacked-up Legacy wagon is named for, very seriously. So it is apparently rolling out a revised version of the current Outback in Australia itself. The updated Outback, which arrives less than a year before the all-new model is expected to bow, answers Aussie customer feedback with a more rugged look. It’s got new roof rails, body cladding, wheel arches, mud flaps, underbody protection plates and blacked-out headlight surrounds and grille trim.

The Motor Report reports that the AUD $2,500 worth of extra equipment – around $2,300 USD – comes with just an AUD $500 ($468) price hike. As far as we can tell, though, there are no plans to bring this latest look to our shores – Subaru has already detailed North America’s Outback for the 2014 model year, and these changes aren’t mentioned. Should this look be offered in our market? Vote in the poll below and then have your say in Comments.

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Subaru debuts tougher-looking Outback for Australia [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercedes-Benz classes up camper market with Sprinter Caravan Concept

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Mercedes-Benz has moved into the Caravan Salon 2013 held in Düsseldorf, Germany with several new live-in showcases, starting with the Sprinter Caravan Concept. The tall-boy cargo van has been turned into a cut-away model with a kitchen with gloss-white fixtures, a living area, a bathroom with integrated wardrobe, front seats that can swivel all the way around, laminate flooring and walls and ceiling covered in Alcantara, plus LED lighting throughout. Mercedes says it ships 4,000 Sprinters to North America that get outfitted into high-luxe mobile dwellings, and the Caravan Concept is a symbol of how far that can go.

Show-goers can also check out the Viano Fun and Viano Marco Polo, exemplifying the same concept as the Sprinter but in smaller packages. Going the other way, there is also a vehicle based on the heavy-duty Actros truck.

The Viano Marco Polo comes with a pop-up roof, a kitchenette ready for a traveling gourmet, and an electrically convertible rear bench seat. The Viano Fun offers a pop-up roof as an option and comes with movable seats around a folding table and a fold-down rear bench. You can read more about them in the press release below, or check them out at the show if you plan to be in northwest Germany this week – the show runs from August 31 to September 8. If none of those do it for you, there’s always that Sprinter-based Airstream Interstate 3500

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Mercedes-Benz classes up camper market with Sprinter Caravan Concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2012 Peugeot 207

Monday, September 30th, 2013

French carmaker Peugot has recently released for sale in the UK the 2012 iteration of its popular hatchback, the 207 model lineup. Not much has changed from the previous model except for some minor details such as creases in the body panels to make it look more attractive, LED tail lights and sculpted headlights, a new cabin interior layout with tech trims and of course, pricing.

The new Peugeot 207 is offered as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback powered by either a diesel or petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission or available 4-speed automatic, depending on model trim. There are three different specs of diesel HDI engines: a 1.4L with 70hp and two 1.6L variants with 90hp and 110hp respectively, while the petrol engine comes in two versions with varying degrees of horsepower that are listed as follows: 1.4L inline-4 with 74hp, 90hp and 95hp and 1.6L inline-4 with 120hp, 150hp and 175hp.

The new Peugeot 207 still retains the good looks that gave it a decent following in Britain but that’s just about all that it can gather when pitted against popular hot hatch rivals like the Honda Jazz, Ford Focus and VW Golf. Long on looks but short in performance, the blame goes to the questionable choice of otherwise anemic petrol engines to match the 207s quality build and sporty demeanor. Despite that setback, car reviewers still gave praise to its decent lineup of frugal diesel powerplants.

As for the available trims and pricing for the 2012 Puegeot 207, the available models start with the basic Access, the upgraded Active, the mid-tier Sportium, the top of the line Allure, and the diesel-only Oxygo and Oxygo+ of which are the most fuel efficient of the bunch with a range of 74 miles to the gallon. Prices start for as low as £9,995 for the basic Access up to £16,145 for the Allure 1.6 HDI.

What the Peugeot 207 lacks in performance it makes up for in creature comfort and safety features. Inside the cabin one will find available standard features like aircon, cruise control, CD/radio with MP3 and available Bluetooth, power steering/door locks/mirror/windows, leather trims for the upscale models, Emergency Brake Assist, stability control system with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, static directional headlights, front/side and curtain airbags, and alloy wheels among others.

The French may be known for the finer things in life such as architecture, arts, wine, food, sidewalk cafés, fine dining, fashion, designer labels and even croissants… but really not so much for cars. So for those who are enamoured by the 2012 Peugeot 207’s overall styling and can’t resist buying one, they will be better off driving out the dealer’s lot with the diesel version.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/06/2012-Peugeot-207.aspx

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Press release: Spotlight on vulnerable road users as cyclist and pedestrian deaths rise in Scotland

Monday, September 30th, 2013

There is a continuing
need to focus on improving the safety of vulnerable road users, says the Royal
Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as provisional road casualty
figures for Scotland reveal an increase in cyclist and pedestrian deaths. 

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1220

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Firewall insulation coming off

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Hello, I recently bought a 2002 town&country county limited and I,m trying to work out the bugs . I noticed that the firewall insulation is falling off at the top of the wall enough to be laying on the engine. I was going to try AC silver tape . Any suggestions?

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/46697-Firewall-insulation-coming-off?goto=newpost

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Trans-Siberian Railway 2013: Kazan, Tatarstan Photo Report

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Lada Samara in Kazan, Tatarstan Russia – September 2013 *

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Monday, September 30th, 2013
Interior height: 
1 550mm
External height: 
1 927mm
Saloon width: 
1 305mm
External width: 
1 832mm
Saloon length: 
2 170mm
External length: 
4 740mm
Roof height: 
High roof

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/dimensions/fb001l2h2

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Bariatric ambulances increasingly require a Fireman?s Lift

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

A rising obesity problem in the UK has resulted in an increasing number of ambulances specially converted to transport clinically obese patients. These bariatric ambulances contain specialist medical equipment and facilities to deal with obese patients including electric winches, heavy-duty tail lifts and lowerable air suspension. Patient safety and comfort is a top priority along [...]

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Datsun debuts new seven-seat Go+ in Indonesia [w/video]

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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The Datsun name may have long since been replaced by Nissan, but the old brand is making a comeback – in certain markets, at least. Nissan relaunched the Datsun brand in July as its new budget brand for developing markets with the debut of the Go hatchback, and has now followed up with the addition of the larger Go+.

Set to be built in Indonesia at Nissan’s plant in Purwakarta, the Go+ debuts today in the capital of Jakarta as the second model in the new Datsun lineup. The seven-passenger minivan features flexible seating in a compact form 13 feet long, powered by an unspecified 1.2-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Nissan isn’t saying much else about the model, but hopes the new Datsun twins will account for half of its sales in Indonesia within three years. The low price target for both models – set to come in at less than 100 million rupiah ($8,700) – ought to help it get there. The lineup is then scheduled to reach other markets, starting with India, Russia and South Africa next year.

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Datsun debuts new seven-seat Go+ in Indonesia [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen e-Up

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Volkswagen made big noises about electric cars at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. And the e-Up city car shows that it means business.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/cars/coming-soon/volkswagen-e-up?cmp=RSS-CARS_333469

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Celebrate TG Mag?s 20th Anniversary on the iPad

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Featuring videos, HD image galleries, greater in-depth analysis and more interactive fun

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/top-gear-magazine-ipad-edition-october-2013-09-27?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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What Should HGV Insurance Policies Cover?

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Whether you?re a HGV driver who works for himself or the owner and manager of a large fleet, having the right insurance is critical to your ability to make a living. No one drives around in a HGV as his … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/hgv-insurance-news/what-should-hgv-insurance-policies-cover/

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Pontypridd firm buys Swansea-based Diamond Holidays

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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Press release: Spotlight on vulnerable road users as cyclist and pedestrian deaths rise in Scotland

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

There is a continuing
need to focus on improving the safety of vulnerable road users, says the Royal
Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as provisional road casualty
figures for Scotland reveal an increase in cyclist and pedestrian deaths. 

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1220

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1993 2.4l fuel pump

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

New member here with question:

1993 Plymouth 2.4 l, 5 spd manual trans , 230,000+ miles.
Where is a test point for fuel pump pressure/operation?
Fuel pump was replaced 8-10 years ago and it was a real pain,
and gas tank was full like now – rats!
I’m not too eager to do this again with…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/46593-1993-2.4l-fuel-pump?goto=newpost

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A Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Impressed Me

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

I had a flat tire on an overnight trip and, for the first time ever, took my van to Wal-Mart to have it fixed with great fear and trepidation. I stood outside the door and kept a close eye on what was going on.

To my surprise the two techs who did the work, did as good a job as I have ever…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/46617-A-Wal-Mart-Tire-and-Lube-Impressed-Me?goto=newpost

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What Should Your Taxi Insurance Policy Cover?

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Taxi insurance cover is not the same as regular car insurance, and if you?re taking out a taxi insurance policy for the first time it can be difficult to know exactly what it is you need.

Monaco 6 months 2013: Porsche on podium, Ferrari in Top 10!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Ferrari F12. Picture by Raphael Belly, all rights reserved. * See the Top 43 All-brands by clicking on the title! Many thanks to John * You can also check out my Monaco August 2013: Millions on display Photo Report here. Twice a year I can share with you exclusive sales data for the Principality of [...]

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Apple iTunes Radio picks Nissan as first automotive launch partner

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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2014 Nissan Rogue

With the launch of iOS 7 last week, those who carry around a certain fruit-branded cellphone got access to a new technology called iTunes Radio. Apple’s delayed entry into a market currently dominated by service such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio allows users to create their own stations or to choose from a number of featured stations. From there, listeners can fine tune their results to deliver more popular songs or newer, deeper tracks. Each song is linked back to the iTunes store, allowing users to easily buy songs they fall in love with.

Now, Nissan has teamed with Apple as the exclusive launch partner for iTunes Radio. This partnership means you’ll be seeing some Nissan-specific content when you’re surfing through iTunes Radio, with some subtler stuff in the form of material and some not-so-subtle approaches, like Nissan’s use of iAd, a system that allows developers to directly insert advertisements into apps. The focus at first will be on the upcoming Rogue, the redesigned Versa Note and the Leaf EV.

Nissan’s vice president of marketing in North America, Jon Brancheau, explained the team up, saying, “We see iTunes Radio as an integral part of our new vehicle launches and ‘big moments,’ riding the wave of interest and usage of this exciting new service to maximize exposure of Nissan’s new models.” Take a look below for the rundown from Nissan.

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Press release: RoSPA calls for change in law as figures show rise in drink-drive deaths

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents (RoSPA) has made renewed calls for the drink-drive limit to be
lowered as latest figures show a rise in the number of people killed in
alcohol-related accidents.

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1229

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Sizes of minibus for hire in Surrey

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

There are many different sizes of minibus which are available for hire, which go from what is just larger than an estate car, to being a small coach. 8 Or 9 Seat Self Drive Minibus Hire in Surrey If your main car is a 4 door hatchback, you will have problems taking a large party [...]

Source: http://selfdrive-minibus-hire.co.uk/2011/minibus-hire/sizes-of-minibus-for-hire-in-surrey/

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Tips for Finding the Cheapest Taxi Insurance Quote

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

If you?re a taxi driver, then you need more than your regular car insurance policy in order to be able to carry passengers in your car legally, as well as be covered for any accidents and injuries that you or … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/taxi-insurance-news/tips-for-finding-the-cheapest-taxi-insurance-quote/

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Oil Pan Leak…time for a new gasket

Friday, September 27th, 2013

First, thanks for all of the info over the years! I appreciate you sharing your experience and suggestions.

I have an oil pan that is leaking around the seal. My question is:

Is this a simple DIY job or should I take it into a trusted pro mechanic?

I’m 2 to 3 out of 5 wrenches in skill,…

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/46601-Oil-Pan-Leak…time-for-a-new-gasket?goto=newpost

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