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U.K. Vehicle Sales, May 2017
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U.K. vehicle sales by vehicle type and company for May 2017.

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Italy Vehicle Sales, May 2017
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Italy vehicle sales by vehicle type and company for May 2017.

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Industrial Automation Market to Reach $15.5 Billion by 2023 - Propelled by IoT & Need for Optimum and Effective Exploration of Aging Reservoirs - Research and Markets
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Research and Markets LogoDUBLIN, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Industrial Automation Market for Oil & Gas by Solution (Distributed Control System, Programable L

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FEUER powertrain y Chinese Haowu-Group acuerdan una alianza estratégica y sociedad conjunta en China
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NORDHAUSEN, Alemania, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- La transacción crea un fabricante globalmente líder de cigüeñales con una huella de producción en Europa, Asia y EE. UU. FEUER powertrain, un fabricante de cigüeñales de OEM independiente en Europa ha entrado en una alianza...

Next Subaru WRX, STI up to Three Years Away
©:  Motor Trend

Subie fans waiting for a next-gen WRX or STI will have to wait a while longer – as long as three years, according to a new report from Australia’s Motoring.

Speaking to journalists at the Australian launch of the new Subaru Crosstrek (called XV down under), Subaru Australia Managing Director Colin Christie said a new WRX and STI will arrive in two and a half to three years. That places the performance models’ launch midway through the current Impreza’s life cycle. The next-gen WRX will ride on the new Subaru Global Platform that underpins the Impreza and Crosstrek. The holdup seems to be the powertrain, which is completely new and in development now. There’s no good news for those wanting an upgraded engine for the standard Impreza, either.

“We’d love to have more powerful cars,” Christie said. “But there’s nothing on the cards. The 1.6 turbocharged Levorg engine does not fit, so Impreza sports models are restricted to pack changes.”

The Impreza-based Levorg wagon sold outside the U.S. has a turbocharged 1.6-liter flat-four base engine that makes 168 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, which would be a healthy upgrade from the 152-hp, 145-lb-ft naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-four in the new Impreza. Honda, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Ford all offer turbocharged engine options in their mainstream C-segment cars.

“From our point of view that engine works perfectly for what the car is designed to do. The revhead in me would love to put high-powered turbos in every single car, but the reality is every car has a niche and a role to play,” Christie said.

At least Subaru doesn’t have to worry about competition from the WRX’s chief rival, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, as a successor to that model is six years away and will likely go a different route as a hybrid crossover.

Source: Motoring


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Tesla Could Start its Own Music Streaming Service
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Tesla may create its own music-streaming service, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Citing Recode, the report indicates that the California-based EV automaker is in talks with record labels to start a service similar to Spotify. However, it’s not clear whether Tesla will fully commit to such a service, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg anonymously. Music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora have been pushing to get into the automotive space and are new competitors to traditional and satellite radio services.

Currently, Tesla offers Spotify in global markets like Europe and Australia, but in the U.S. and Canada, it only has Slacker. “We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose,” said a Tesla spokesperson in a statement. However, the spokesperson didn’t address the question of whether the automaker is working with record labels.

This isn’t the first time an automaker has hinted at creating its own media streaming service as LeEco and Faraday Future also had intentions to start a similar service. In addition to investing in automobiles, LeEco also has a smartphone and video streaming service business, but the Chinese company’s financial health casts doubt on its ability to enter the automotive space.

Source: Bloomberg

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Tesla rolls through Michigan towing an Airstream
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Tesla is touring Michigan with an Airstream trailer towed by the new Model X crossover -- a way to showcase its vehicles where they are unable to be sold.

Nova Scotia Bikers Rally In Support Of 10-Year-Old Bullying Victim

The general public is well versed in the reputation bikers have for being bad and tough, but motorcyclists know that riders – be they in sportybike leathers or biker colors – have big hearts. Why else would all of those poker runs and fundraisers for various charities take place every riding season? Well, motorcyclists also know that riders come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages, and here’s a story that illustrates all of the good characteristics of riders or all stripes.

In Sydney, Nova Scotia, fourth grade student Xander Rose has suffered through extended bullying for being mixed race and because of his size. When local school officials didn’t do their jobs to help Rose, a group of bikers rode in to help in the form of the Defenders Of The Children advocacy group. On Wednesday morning, approximately 150 bikers showed up to ride with Rose to school as a show of solidarity for the 10 year old – and as a reminder to the bullies about who had Rose’s back.

In a time of seemingly incessant bad news around the world, it’s nice to hear about motorcyclists banding together to help out a friend in need. To read more about the event and the support of Rose, check out the link below.

Nova Scotia bikers escort 10-year-old bullying victim to school

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Top 10 Coolest Extreme-Duty 4x4 Campers at Overland Expo
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Top 10 Coolest Extreme-Duty 4x4 Campers at 2017 Overland Expo West.

Nuts & Bolts: Old-School Tire Combos
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A reader wants a retro tire combination for his 1985 Chevy K10.

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