2012: Mostly, the $au bobbed around at us$1.00 to us$1.06, WTI oil at us$90/b to us$100/b±, and ULP at au$1.30 to au$1.45/l. The US could become self sufficient in energy by 2035 (see 12 Nov. below). Climate news wasn't good (4 Dec., 27 Nov., 18 Nov., 19 Sept., 14 , etc.) with +4°C to +6°C looking likely by the end of the century. Invicta Cars was wound up (30 April). European car-makers experienced hard times, although greater VW continued to do well worldwide. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO reportedly sold for £22.7 million, us$35 million (5 June). And a S1 Land Rover sold for £129,000 (15 Aug.), but it did have special provenance. UK Inc. put on a show with HMQ's 60th jubilee, the Olympics, and a new 007 Bond movie.
21 December 2012 (Fri.), surprise: "Petrol prices rise ahead of holiday ..." -- [abc].
21 December 2012, .uk: All car insurance policies bought after Friday 21 December will be gender neutral" (the AA [www]), whereas women, being safer, generally used to pay less. Also see the AA British Insurance Premium Index [www].
20 December 2012: Mitsubishi "announced that it would recall 1.2 million cars in Japan to fix faulty oil seals. ..." -- [bbc].
December 2012: M.R.Ziembicki, J.C.Z.Woinarski & B.Mackey, 'Evaluating the status of species using indigenous knowledge: Novel evidence for major native mammal declines in northern Australia', Biological Conservation, 157, pp.78-92, reports that declines in native mammals "were reported as extending from the earliest memory of Indigenous participants, but the rate of decline has increased recently. ..." -- [www], auth1 [www], [abc].
20 December 2012, .au: Lake Eyre's traditional name, 'Kati Thanda', as used by the Arabana people, has been officially recognised -- [abc].
19 December 2012: GM announced that it would
"purchase 200 million shares of GM common stock
held by the U.S. Dept of the Treasury for $5.5 billion ...
[As] part of the Treasury's plan ... to fully exit its entire holdings
of GM stock within 12 to 15 months, subject to market conditions. ..." --
20 December 2012: Crude oil, WTI us$89/b Brent us$110/b, [bbc][19/12], Tapis us$110/b -- AIP [www]. Terminal gate prices, ULP au$1.30/l (Bris.) to au$1.34/l (Hobart), diesel au$1.34/l (Melb.) to au$1.39/l (Hobart) -- AIP [www][20/12].
December 2012, .au: Australia's "best cars" included
Volkswagen Polo 66TDI (light car >$20K),
Toyota Camry Hybrid H (medium car <$50K),
Land Rover Discovery (all terrain 4WD) -- RACV
14 December 2012: The Witness King Tides Project asked Australians to photograph king tides (expected ~8.30-9.30am, 13th-15th) to help "build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise ... and help track the future impact of climate change." -- [www]. "The New South Wales and Tasmanian governments [provided] funding" -- [abc]. (Also see 29 Nov. below.)
13 December 2012: Renault sold its "remaining stake in Volvo AB", bought in 2001, for 12.78 billion SEK (€1.476 billion) -- [...].
12 December 2012: Worldwide, Porsche sold a record "128,978 new vehicles" by November -- [...].
12 December 2012: Job cuts were part of PSA Peugeot's restructuring plan -- [...].
12 December 2012: Honda recalled "~318,000 Odyssey and 259,000 Pilot vehicles from the 2003-2004 model years and ~230,000 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2003-2006 model years in the US ..." -- [...].
11 December 2012: "A pair of highly trained dogs from New Zealand have passed their doggie driving test ..." -- [abc]:-)
10 December 2012: GM Opel announced that "vehicle production is planned to end in Bochum at the end of the current Zafira ... ~2016." -- [...].
10 December 2012, .au: "Police have warned that Apple's glitch-filled Maps app could get someone killed ... in the past two months they have rescued six people who were lost in the Murray Sunset National Park while trying to get to Mildura 70+km away ..." -- [abc].
December 2012: The AA warns that a car caught in a flood might have
many hidden faults such as "seriously affect[ed] electrical and
electronic systems including the airbags, which
might go off unexpectedly - or not deploy when they should" --
It gave hints for identifying such a car.
December 2012: D. J. Frame & D. A. Stone, 'Assessment of the first consensus prediction on climate change', Nature Climate Change (2012) [www], "In 1990, climate scientists ... wrote the First Assessment Report ... on Climate Change. It contained a prediction of the global mean temperature trend over the 1990-2030 period that, halfway through that period, seems accurate. ...". (& [abc]).
6 December 2012: "Spyker N.V. announce[d] a subscription agreement ... with the Chinese car manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group Co, Ltd ("Youngman") ... [for] 29.9% of the issued and outstanding share capital of Spyker ..." -- [...].
5 December 2012, .uk: J. S. Mindell, D. Leslie, M. Wardlaw, 'Exposure-Based, ‘Like for-Like’ Assessment of Road Safety by Travel Mode Using Routine Health Data', PLoS ONE 7(12), e5066, 2012, compared road safety for "... pedestrians, cyclists, and car/van drivers ... fatalities per million hours' use (f/mhu) ... by time spent travelling vary within similar ranges for walking, cycling and driving. Risks for drivers were highest in youth and fell with age, while for pedestrians and cyclists, risks increased with age. For the young, especially males, cycling is safer than driving." [www].
5 December 2012: "Growth in US energy production outstrips consumption growth ..." -- eia.gov [www].
5 December 2012: 6cm of snow fell at Falls Creek, Vic. --
4 December 2012: G. P. Peters et al, 'Rapid growth in CO2 emissions after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis', Nature Climate Change, 2 (2-4), Dec. 2012 [www], "Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion and cement production grew 5.9% in 2010, surpassed 9 Pg of carbon (Pg C) for the first time, and more than offset the 1.4% decrease in 2009. ...". (Also see ['12]@ GCP [www], [bbc].)
3 December 2012: Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia auction, Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands [...]. Including lot 306 a Rolls-Royce engined, 1950 Land Rover 81" prototype, chassis #RO61 04618, engine #596 (sold £47,150); lot 345 a 2003/2010 Pagani Zonda C12S/F 7.3-litre coupe, chassis #ZA9C820C10SF76046; lot 355 a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, chassis #WPOZZZ9826L000104, engine #90630633 (sold £281,500); and lot 375 an airworthy 1942 Hawker Hurricane Mark XIIA WW2 fighter!
November 2012: Steve McCurry caused surprise by creating a Pirelli Calendar for 2013 in which the models were clothed [www].
30 November - 9 December 2012: LA Auto Show
'i3' electric concept;
2014 '500L' 1.4 turbo
next, 2013 'RAV4' (2.0 petrol or diesel)
'Jetta' hybrid (1.1kWh).
29 November 2012: "... Adelaide ... hit 38°C , while Melbourne reached 39.1°. [And] Mildura ... 45.4° ..." -- [abc].
29 November 2012: A. Shepherd et al, 'A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance', Science 338 (6111), pp.1183-1189, 2012 [doi:10.1126/science.1228102], "... Since 1992, the polar ice sheets have contributed, on average, 0.59±0.20 millimeter/year to the rate of global sea-level rise." That 11mm is 1/5 of the total rise over that time, and increasing. Thermal expansion of warmer oceans is a large factor.
27 November 2012: "Thawing of permafrost [is] expected to cause significant additional global warming, not yet accounted for in climate predictions ..." -- UNEP [www], [www]. Also see UNFCC, Doha conference [www], and Nature [www].
27 November 2012: GM Holden announced it would add a new "new Colorado 7 4X4" wagon, 7 as in 7-seats, 2.8 td, 6-speed auto, part-time 4WD, to the Colorado range [...].
22 November 2012, .au: The final Murray-Darling Basin Plan was signed by Environment Minister Tony Burke, report [www].
November 2012: "Will the pledges made by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions be sufficient to achieve the 2.0° or 1.5° Celsius temperature limits by year 2020 or will there be a gap ..." -- UNEP report [www].
21 November 2012: Chrysler released details of the 2013 Dodge 'Viper' [...]; 8.4-litre V10 640hp, 206mph, so not very green.
21 November 2012, .uk: "The Mitsubishi Lancer [05-08] has been revealed as the most reliable car of the last 15 years ... Toyota and Honda fare best in the top 10 ..." -- Warranty Direct's [www] Reliability Index [www].
20 November 2012: Jaguar Land Rover and Cherry (.cn) announced a
joint venture, 'Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company',
to include manufacturing at Changshu near Shanghai.
November 2012: "... the average UK petrol price has fallen 3.87p/l, from 138.95p to 135.08. Diesel prices are down 1.85p/l, from 143.74 to 141.89. ..." -- the AA [www][16/11].
18 November 2012: "New Report Examines Risks of 4° Hotter World by End of Century. ... Increases of 6°C or more in average monthly summer temps. ... expected in the Mediterranean, N.Africa, Middle East and parts of the United States. ... Sea level-rise by 0.5 to 1 meter by 2100 ... " -- the World Bank [www], [www].
18 November 2012 (Sun): Historic Commercial Vehicle Club (HCVC) 31st Annual Display Day Rally, Sandown Racecource, Melbourne (Melways 80D8) [www].
17-18 November 2012: Bendigo National Swap Meet [www].
16 November 2012: "More than 200 Ford workers are being told they have lost their jobs at ... Geelong and Broadmeadows. ..." -- [abc].
15 November 2012 (8pm Thu): 'Catalyst', ser.13, ep.25, "Australia's weather - has it really changed in the last 100 years?" -- [abc].
15 November 2012: "Xi Jinping was announced as the Communist Party's new general secretary today [following] president Hu Jintao ... Li Keqiang [to be] prime minister, taking over from Wen Jiabao. ..." -- [abc].
November 2012: As the new Bond movie, 'Skyfall' did well in .uk and .us,
Aston Martin reviewed 007
and Aston Martins in film,
Goldfinger & Thunderball,
V8 Vantage the Living Daylights,
V12 Vanquish Die Another Day,
DBS & DB5 Casino Royale,
DBS Quantum of Solace,
DB5 Skyfall --
November 2012: For sale, Porsche 962, road registered, £324,995 -- Specialist Cars .uk [www].
13 November 2012: The 4th generation Subaru 'Forester' made its debut
12 November 2012: "... growth in oil and natural gas output in the United States ... In the New Policies Scenario, the WEO's central scenario, the [US] becomes a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and is almost self-sufficient in energy, in net terms, by 2035. ..." -- 'World Energy Outlook', IEA [www], [bbc], G. [www].10 November 2012: "Measurements show the average global temperature has risen by 0.8°. ... More records are being broken with high temperatures than low. ..." -- Science Show [abc].
9 November 2012: Top Gear drove the Channel (service) Tunnel in a GM Vauxhall Ampera -- [...].
7 November 2012: "Jaguar Land Rover wholesales for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012 grew 13.9% [v.] last year to 77,442 units. ... Jaguar ... 9,832 and Land Rover ... 67,610 ... strong demand from the China region, which rep. 21.1% of sales ..." -- Tata [...].
6 November 2012: "UK new car registrations rose 12.1% to 151,252 units in October [v. 2011], bucking current demand trends in Europe. ..." -- SMMT [...].
6 November 2012: "American Suzuki Motor Corporation ('ASMC'), a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corp. ('SMC') which distributes ... in the [USA] (exc. Hawaii) ... [to start] a reorganization proceeding under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code ..." and ending USA car sales -- [...].
6 November 2012, Tuesday: 3pm, Melbourne Cup, Vic., .au.
2 November 2012: "A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 'Tour de France' [sold] for £1,960,000 ... [And] a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 [once owned by] Paul McCartney ... achieved £344,400" at RM Auctions' London sale — RMauctions.
2 November 2012: Hyundai and Kia Motors announced "following discussions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), [adjustment of] the fuel economy ratings for approximately 900,000, or 35% of, 2011-13 model year vehicles sold through October 31, 2012. ..." -- [...], [www]. The revised figures were about 3% to 5% worse.
1 November 2012: The (GM) Holden 'Volt' series-hybrid "goes on sale 1 November" -- [...][30/8], [...].
1 November 2012, .au: "Autodom Ltd is closing the doors of its
[SA] (aiAutomotive) and Victorian (Dair) facilities for an indefinite period.
[And] announced a trading suspension ... on the ASX ..."
October 2012, .uk: The "Association of British Insurers signals potential for reduced premiums with the introduction of Autonomous Emergency Braking [AEB] into group ratings ... data analyses showed ... about a quarter [fewer claims] for the XC60 [with AEB] than other similar 4X4s ... expected one to five point drop in insurance group ratings ..." -- Thatcham [www].
30 October 2012: For sale, 1981 BMW M1, chassis #4301154, rear (mid) engine, 3.5 l, 6-cyl, dohc, 4 valves/cyl., dry-sump, 30K miles, "one of the last of 399 road spec. examples to be built," p.o.a. -- Hexagon Classics [www].
29 October 2012: The facelifted Mazda MX-5 arrived in .au,
2-litre, 4-cyl., 118kW@7000rpm, 188Nm@5000rpm,
6-spd manual or auto, from au$47.3K+ to $52K
28 October 2012: Casey Stoner, in his last year of MotoGP, won the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, [abc].
26 October 2012: "13% of Australian households opted for diesel [cars]
in 2012, compared with 9% in 2009 ...
78% travelled to work or full-time study in a private
motor vehicle, while 16% used public transport ..." -- ABS
24 October 2012: "... the French State has announced its intention to provide up to €7 billion in refinancing guarantees ..." for troubled PSA Peugeot Citroen -- [...]. And, PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors announced specific projects as part of their Global Strategic Alliance [...] & [...].
24 October 2012: "A wetter than normal season is more likely for large parts of N. and central Australia ... After hovering around El Nino thresholds ... tropical Pacific temps. have retreated to neutral levels over the past several weeks. ..." -- [bom], and [abc][25/10].
23 October 2012, .au: Frogwatch reported that it had tested a "cane toad tadpole control technique using the bufotoxin secretions of cane toads as bait to attract tadpoles into traps" with good results -- [www].
23 October 2012, WA: "A new report has recommended hundreds of squatter shacks built on Western Australia's Mid-West coast be protected. ... built on crown land at Wedge Island and Grey settlements between the 1950s and 1980s by fishermen and pastoralists. ..." -- [abc].
22 October 2012: The Grauniad on the
Lotus Evora 414E range extender (series hybrid) experimental prototype
Lotus Evora 414E,
1.2 l, 3-cyl. → 17kWh → 2 × 152kW
19-28 October 2012: Australian International Motor Show, Sydney [...]. Including an Aston Martin 'One-77'; GM Opel 'Astra', 'Insignia', 'Corsa'; Jaguar 'F-type'; Kia "Track'ster" concept; Land-Rover 'Range Rover IV'; Toyota Lexus 'LF-LC' hybrid concept.
16 October 2012: "New car sales in the European Union have fallen for the 12th month in a row in September ..." -- [bbc].
15 October 2012:
"UK engineers create petrol from air ... Air capture technology ...
scrubs carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air ...
Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), based in Stockton-on-Tees ..." -- Inst. Mech.
S1706 - Air Capture: Developing technologies for
carbon recycling and negative emissions
Also see Air Fuel Synthesis
electrolysis→H2, + CO2 from
the atmosphere, →methanol →petrol.
Thinks. No it's not the 1st April.
(5 litres to date, for £1 million
And also, "Scientists at the U.S.
Naval Research Laboratory [NRL] ...
extract carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce hydrogen gas (H2) from
seawater, subsequently catalytically converting the CO2 and H2 into [JP-5]
jet fuel by a gas-to-liquids process. ... predict that jet fuel from
seawater would cost in the range of $3 to $6 per gallon" -- navy
14 October 2012: 'Skyfall', the latest James Bond 007 movie, had its previews; Daniel Craig (Bond), Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory), Helen McCrory (Clair Dowar), Judi Dench (M), Berenice Marlohe (Severine), Naomie Harris (Eve), Ben Whishaw (Q). (Premier [bbc][23/10].)
11 October 2012: "... there has been October snow across some
southern areas of South Australia. ... last reports of snowfall in
the Adelaide and neighbouring Mount Lofty Ranges region in October
were a century ago. ..." --
(12 Oct: Then ACT & NSW --
10 October 2012: Toyota USA announced a recall of "approximately 2.5 million vehicles" [2007-2010, over a fire risk] "to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver's side power window master switch (PWMS)" -- [...], [...]. And 2× more worldwide -- Guardian [www], [bbc], [abc]. Also PRA #2012/13327, .gov.au [www].
7 October 2012 (Sun), .au: The Bathurst 1000. Results: 1. Paul Dumbrell & Jamie Whincup (TeamVodafone Commodore), 2. Dean Canto & David Reynolds (Bottle-O Falcon), 3. Craig Lowndes & Warren Luff (TeamVodafone Commodore).
7 October 2012, .au: "Daylight Saving Time begins
at 2am (AEST) on the first Sunday in October"
4 October 2012: 'Comparative Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Conventional and Electric Vehicles', T. R. Hawkins et al, J. Industrial Ecology, "... a transparent life cycle inventory of conventional and electric vehicles and apply [it] to assess conventional and EVs over a range of impact categories. ... EVs powered by the present European electricity mix offer a 10% to 24% decrease in global warming potential (GWP) relative to conventional diesel or gasoline vehicles assuming lifetimes of 150,000km. However, EVs exhibit the potential for significant increases in human toxicity, freshwater eco-toxicity, freshwater eutrophication, and metal depletion impacts, largely emanating from the vehicle supply chain. Results are sensitive to assumptions regarding electricity source ..." -- [www]. So, not a great deal in it, unless you have spare hydro power, say.
3-6 October 2012: Bonneville World Finals [www].
3 October 2012, .uk: The 'Bloodhound' project, building a 1,000 mph car (l. 13.4m, h. 2.8m, 6,422kg) powered by a jet (90kN) and a rocket (122kN, 27,000 lbs) [www] [www], "will be streaming the rocket test [part 1] live at [www]. The rocket generated 14,000 lbs [62kN] of thrust -- [www].
1 October 2012: 'The 27-year decline of coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef and its causes,' G. De'ath et al, PNAS, "... Based on the world's most extensive time series data on reef condition (2,258 surveys of 214 reefs over 1985-2012), we show a major decline in coral cover from 28.0% to 13.8% (0.53%/y), a loss of 50.7% of initial coral cover. ..." -- [www].
29 September - 14 October 2012: Paris Motor Show [www/en/]. Including Audi 'Crosslane' coupe concept; BMW concept 'Active Tourer' hybrid [www]; Citroen 'DS3' cabrio of sorts; Fiat next 'Panda' 4x4 [...] [...]; Ford next 'Fiesta' (Jan 2013) [bbc], next 'Mondeo'; GM Chevrolet 'Trax' SUV (~Vauxhall 'Mokka'), Opel/Vauxhall 'Adam' [...] [...] [...] [...], Vauxhall 'Cascada' convertible [...]; Jaguar 'F-type' (based on the C-X16 concept) ~£58K to £90K? flash@[...], SAE [...]; Kia new 'Rondo' MPV, next 'Sorento' [...], "Pro cee'd" hatch [...]; Land Rover new 2013 all-Al 'Range Rover' IV [...]; no Lotus at all; Mazda '6' station wagon; McLaren 'P1' concept (to be £800K+); Mercedes 'B-class' with natural gas drive [...]; Mitsubishi new 'Outlander PHEV' plug-in hybrid (2-litre + 2×60kW + 12kWh) [...]; Peugeot 'Onyx' hybrid concept [...]; Smart 'Forstars' concept [...]; Suzuki 'S-Cross' concept [...], revised '208' GTi; Toyota next 'Auris' hatch (1.5 & 1.8) [...], Lexus 'LF-CC' hybrid coupe concept [...], 'FT-Bh' claiming 134mpg; Volvo 'V40' cross-country [...]; VW next (VII) 'Golf' [...]. (Also see [bbc], Daily T. [...].)
29-30 September 2012: Model Engineering Exhibition, Engineering Hall, Clayton, Monash University, Melbourne [www].
29 September 2012: "The longest dry spell recorded at the Alice Springs airport has been broken. It had not rained there since April, but three mm of rain fell overnight. ..." -- [abc].
28 September - 8 October 2012: Christie's 50 Years of James Bond (007) auction. "Forty lots will be offered at an online-only auction ... with 10 further lots to highlight an invitation-only auction at Christie's S. Kensington on 5th October" — Christies. Mostly clothes and small props, but including lot 50 a 2008 Aston Martin V12 DBS chassis #SCFAB05D99GE00044, engine #AM08/21544, used in Quantum of Solace (2008).
28 September 2012:
"Holden is to shut down the assembly lines at its
Elizabeth plant in Adelaide for periods between now and Christmas. ...
called 'market response days' ... in response to lower sales. ..." --
27 September 2012: Terminal gate prices ULP au$1.34.9/l (Melb.) to $1.39.4 (Hobart), diesel au$1.39.1/l (Melb.) to $1.43.4 (Hobart). Crude oil Tapis us$113/b AIP [www][26th], Brent us$111/b, W.Texas us$92/b [bbc][27th].
27 September 2012: One of the snippets in the .uk Department for Transport's 'Reported Road Casualties GB 2011' [www] is that "an estimated 8% of adult drivers who had consumed alcohol in the last year reported driving at least once or twice ... whilst they thought they were over the legal alcohol limit".
23 September 2012: Melb. average fuel prices rose about 15c/litre with the start of the school holidays. Coincidence?
23 September 2012, .au: ABC TV's Compass showed The Man on the $20 Note, about the Rev. John Flynn who founded the Australian Inland Mission 100 years ago, and "famously launched the Flying Doctor Service" -- [abc], and on iView for two weeks.
22 September - 2 October 2012: Royal Melbourne Show, Vic., .au [www].
20 September 2012: The 2012 IgNobel prizes [www] included 'Neural correlates of interspecies perspective taking in the post-mortem Atlantic Salmon: An argument for multiple comparisons correction,' C. M. Bennett et al, (2009) [www], & J. of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results, 1(1), pp.1-5 (2010) [www], that is, looking for brainwaves in dead fish. And, 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?' H. C. Meyer & R. Krechetnikov, Phys. Rev. E 85, 046117 (2012) [www].
19 September 2012: On 16/9, "Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its minimum extent for the year of 3.41 million square km (1.32 million square miles). ... the lowest seasonal minimum extent in the satellite record ... 18% below 2007 [previous record] and 49% below the 1979 to 2000 average. ..." -- NSIDC [www], [www][19/9].
19 September 2012: In two cases,
"the Regional Court of Braunschweig today dismissed
actions for damages against Porsche Automobil Holding SE ..." --
The cases stemmed from Porsche's attempted take over of VW, e.g.,
see 26 Nov. 2008.
(The end was more a VW takeover of Porsche.
'Volkswagen and Porsche finalized the creation of their
"Integrated Automotive Group"' -- 1 August 2012.)
18 September 2012: 'A Victorian Government investigation has concluded it is "highly unlikely" there are wild big cats living in Victoria. ...' -- [abc] -- our taxes at work.
8 September 2012: Bonhams Beaulieu Sale auction [...], including lot 577 a Land Rover "Sandringham 6" 6x6 conversion by Hotspur Cars (sold £3,335) [...].
7-9 September 2012: Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance [www].
5-7 September 2012: Salon Prive, London, concours d'elegance, Syon House [www].
3 September 2012: Nissan revealed "the [VK56] engine that it plans to use in next year's Australian V8 Supercars Championship ..." -- [...].
2 September 2012: Chelsea AutoLegends, Royal Hospital Gardens, Chelsea [...].
31 August 2012: German sports car maker Gumpert applied for insolvency.
August 2012: 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the Avro Vulcan with the last survivor, XH558, doing summer air shows 1 & 2 Sept. Bournemouth and Shoreham, 8 Sept. Duxham, ... [www].
31 August - 1 September 2012: Birdsville Races .au [www].
31 August 2012: Mitsubishi's all-new 'Mirage' global compact car went on sale in Japan, 1-litre, 51kW, 3-cyl., petrol, CVT, claimed 27.2km/litre -- [...][1/8].
29 August 2012, .au: "... Yesterday, at the launch of a new design tool at Ford's Broadmeadows facility in Melbourne, [the president of Ford .au] Mr Graziano said he believes Ford can have research and development in Australia without manufacturing. ..." -- [abc]. Also see 10 Jan. below.
28 August 2012, usa: "The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. ..." -- [www]. (US gs of course.)
28 August 2012: The Australian Minister for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency (Greg Combet), and the European Commissioner for Climate Action (Connie Hedegaard) announced that "Australia and Europe will be linking their emissions trading systems. ... A full two-way link [of] the two cap and trade systems, is to commence [by] 1 July 2018 [and] Australian businesses will be able to use EU allowances ... from 1 July 2015" -- .gov.au [www]; also see .eu [www] & [abc].
27 August 2012: The FIA announced that it "reached an agreement to licence the commercial rights of the FIA Formula E [electric] Championship to a consortium ... Demonstration runs of the Formula E cars will start in 2013, followed by the championship in 2014 ..." -- [www]. And, Drayson Racing Technologies LLP (DRT) announced that it had "signed an agreement with Formula E Holdings Limited (FEH) to act as Scientific Advisor" -- [www]. Also see FEH [www].
24-26 August 2012: National 4x4 Show, Melbourne
24 August 2012: The 2013 M.Y., gen-4 Nissan 'Pathfinder' SUV (~Infinity JX) available in N.A. from late 2012, "switches to unibody" (monocoque construction) "3.5-L V6 ... 260hp (194kW) @6400rpm and 240lb-ft (325Nm) @4400rpm ... CVT ... from us$28.3K" -- SAE [...].
24 August 2012: 'Recent Antarctic Peninsula warming relative to Holocene climate and ice-shelf history', R.Mulvaney et al, Nature, "Rapid warming over the past 50 years on the Antarctic Peninsula is associated with the collapse of a number of ice shelves and accelerating glacier mass loss ..." -- [doi:10.1038/nature11391], [bbc].
23 August 2012: Opel (GM) announced "short work for its Russelsheim facilities and Kaiserslautern component plant" from September -- [...]. Also see 13 June below.
21 August 2012: The Climate Commission
released 'The Critical Decade: International Action on Climate Change,'
including that 33 countries (total population 850 million)
will soon have carbon pricing or similar --
18 August 2012 (Sat.), .au: Henley on Todd [www].
17 August 2012 (Fri): The Quail, a motorsports gathering, [www], and Bonhams and Butterfields auction [...], including lot 434 1966 Ford GT40 chassis #GT40P/1033 (sold us$2,205,000), and lot 459 the ex-GTC Gulf Team Davidoff 1997 McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' FIA GT Endurance racer chassis #028R -- [...], [...].
17 August 2012: CSIRO warned "climate change is having a big impact on the country's oceans, with tropical fish turning up as far south as Tasmania. ..." -- [abc]. Report: "... warming sea temperatures are influencing the distribution of marine plants and animals" -- CSIRO [www].
16 August 2012: "Ford sales decreased 12% in its traditional 19 European markets in July, reflecting continued weak demand for vehicles across Europe ..." -- [...].
16 August 2012: 'Reported road casualties Great Britain: provisional estimates Q1 2012' included "killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualty numbers for pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motor cyclists have increased by 6, 11 and 6 per cent respectively but fallen by 6 per cent for car users compared to the previous 12 months" -- DFT [www].
15 August 2012, .uk: Cheffins announced the 20 Oct. auction of the "Series 1 Land Rover presented to Sir Winston Churchill on ... his 80th birthday on the 30th November 1954 ..." UKE 80 -- [www] (sold £129,000 [www]).
August 2012, .au: The Victorian Government announced plans to "simplify the speed limit system" -- 40km/h: Areas with significant pedestrian activity like schools, ... 60km/h: Undivided roads with little or no pedestrian activity and divided roads with a high number of access points. 80km/h: Divided arterial roads with few access points ... 100km/h: Freeways and rural roads. Some high standard freeways will be ... 110km/h. [Default:] When a road doesn't have a speed sign [in] built-up areas ... 50km/h, and open road 100km/h. ... Remove 80km/h buffer zones ... "Review" 90km/h, and review (probably replace) 70km/h zones -- [www].
August 2012, .uk: Insurance company Aviva started testing
its "RateMyDrive app [which] gives [Aviva] a snapshot of your
driving style ... braking and accelerating to your cornering ...
over 200 miles of driving", possibly awarding a 20% discount --
14 August 2012: ABC TV showed 'Inland Heart: The photography of Jeff Carter' (1928-2010) on Artscape [abc] [abc][15/8], and on iView for a month [abc]. Also 'Remembering Jeff Carter' [abc] Illawara [9/11/'10].
12 August 2012 (Sun): 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as postponed from 8 July due to bushfires. Race week is 7-12 August. "12.42 mile course, 156 turns, begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at 14,110 [feet]." 1. Rhys Millen 9:46.164 (Hyundai), 2. Romain Dumas 9:46.181 (Porsche), ..., 6. Fumio Nutahara 10:15.380 electric (Toyota) -- [...][12/8].
11-17 August 2012: Bonneville Speed Week [www].
11-12 August 2012: Winton Festival of Speed, Vic., .au [www].
10-12 August 2012: LRO "Billing", as postponed from 27-29 July due to ground conditions.
6 August 2012: Spyker NV owner of "bankrupt carmaker Saab has sued former partner General Motors for $3bn (£1.9bn). ... [for] interfering with a potential sale" of Saab "... Spyker still [has] the rights to the legal entity Saab ..." -- [bbc], Spyker pdf@[www]. (Also see 13 June.)
2 August 2012: Workers at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas were "laying [the] final piece of base course and completing the entire first layer of pavement around the track" in preparation for the US F1 Grand Prix on 18th November -- [www].
1 August 2012: Volkswagen and Porsche finalized the creation of their "Integrated Automotive Group" in which VW holds 100% of "Porsche AG [via] an intermediate holding company" -- [...].
1 August 2012: Chrysler Group reported total US sales for July of 126,089 vehicles, up 13% on July 2011 -- [...], [...]. Ford's US sales for July were up 2% -- [...], and GM's July US sales were 201,237 vehicles, down 6% on 2011 -- [...].
August 2012: Toyota announced a "safety recall involving 2006 to early 2011 [m.y.] RAV4 and 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h ... if the nuts on the rear suspension arm are not tightened following the proper procedure ... during a rear wheel alignment service, excessive play may occur at the threaded portion of the arm ..." -- [...].
July 2012: 'A New Estimate of the Average Earth Surface Land Temperature Spanning 1753 to 2011,' "the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5°C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9°C in the past 50 years ... the upward trend is likely to be an indication of anthropogenic changes ..." -- the Berkeley earth team, pdf@[www], [www], [bbc].
31 July 2012, recall 2012/13245, Audi Q5:
"At temperatures below -20° celsius,
the glass-sliding sunroof may suddenly break" --
July 2012: The British Army's 'Foxhound' light protected patrol vehicle (l. 5.32m, h. 2.35m, wt 8.5 tonnes) arrived in Helmand province Afghanistan in June [www], and crews were in training -- 'Soldier', July 2012, p.42 [www]. Also see 30 Nov. 2010.
26 July 2012, .uk: The annual 'What Car' / 'Warranty Direct' reliability survey for cars upto 8 years old finds the top marques 1. Honda, 2. Toyota, 3. Lexus -- [...]. No surprises there. Warranty Direct's top models, 3-10 years old, are 1. Kia Picanta (small hatch), 2. Vauxhall Agila (small hatch), 3. Honda HR-V (small SUV) -- [www][27/7].
25 July 2012: Peugeot
announced "group revenues [were] down 5.1% year-on-year
to €29.6 billion" with "recurring operating income for
the Automotive Division at -€662 million" --
European car makers are facing hard times (see 22 July),
"operating profit up 6.7% to €6.5 billion" --
25 July 2012: "... an estimated 97% of the [Greenland] ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. ... melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations. ..." -- NASA [www][24/7]. Also, "Arctic sea ice continued to track at levels far below average through the middle of July" -- NSIDC [www][24/7].
23 July 2012: "Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagon. Now, with more than 800,000km on the clock, Gunther is still going. ..." -- [bbc].
23 July 2012: "The all-new Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom roll off the assembly line for the first time today at Kocaeli in Turkey. ..." -- [...].
22 July 2012: "NSW Police will investigate [the Piscioneri trucking company] after one of its vehicles was pulled off the road for having its speed limiter disabled. ..." -- [abc]. Also see 10 May and 22 Feb. below.
22 July 2012: The French Government and Peugeot were to meet "ahead of a government aid package for the car sector due to be unveiled this week. [Following] a decision by Europe's second largest carmaker to cut 8,000 jobs and close an assembly plant. ..." -- [bbc], and [bbc][12/7].
July 2012, .uk: The RAC's 2012 'Report on Motoring'
calculates that it costs
£6,689 p.a., 55.7p per mile, or £129/week, to own and run a car
"based on a pool of 17 new cars"
(Also see RACV, .au, June 2012 below.)
19 July 2012: Z. Peng et al, 'A Reversible and Higher-Rate Li-O2 Battery', "The rechargeable nonaqueous Li-O2 battery ... depends critically on repeated and highly reversible formation/decomposition of Li2O2 at the cathode on cycling. Here, we show that this is possible, using a dimethyl sulfoxide electrolyte and porous gold electrode ...", Science, online 19 July [doi:10.1126/science.1223985]. One day, such a battery might have several times the energy density of today's Li-ion batteries.
18-22 July 2012: The 30th War and Peace Show, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent, .uk [...].
18 July 2012: "The Australian Government today handed back four parcels of land to Arrernte, Anmatyerre, Warlpiri and Alyawarr traditional owners at a ceremony in Alice Springs ..." -- [www]. (Including part of the West MacDonnell Nat. Park -- [abc].)
17 July 2012: Subaru began sales of its new 'BRZ' sports car, online, from au$37,150 drive-away, inc. regn, stamp duty & 3rd party ins. -- [...].
17 July 2012: Recall PRA # 2012/13214, "Geely MK Sedan and Hatchback ... (1) In the event of a severe frontal impact, the driver's left side seat rail mechanism may not function as intended [and] (2) in the event of a severe side impact, the rear door locks may not function as intended, [both] possibly resulting in serious injury to the occupant. ..." -- [www].
9-15 July 2012: Farnborough International Airshow, .uk (trade 9-13, public 14-15) [www].
8 July 2012 (Sun): Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The road is now fully paved.
30 June - 1 July 2012:
28 June - 1 July 2012: Goodwood Festival of Speed, .uk with the theme 'young guns - born to win' and featuring Lotus -- [www]. The Bonhams auction, 29 June, includes lot 204 the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929-32 Bentley 4 1/2-litre supercharged single-seater which set the Brooklands outer circuit lap record at 137.96mph in 1931 (sold £5,041,500), lot 206 (Le Mans 24hrs) 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spyder (sold £2,689,500), and lot 273 1938 Bugatti Type 57C special coupe chassis #57335 -- [...], [...], [...][29/6].
June 2012: GM, inc. Holden, recalled
"413,418 Chevrolet Cruzes ... 2011 and 2012 [MYs] to modify the
engine shield ... where a fire could start and spread. ..." -- GM
PRA #2012/13189 [abc].
28 June 2012, .uk: "Road death figures for 2011, announced today show a rise from the 1,850 recorded in 2010 to 1901 - a 3% rise, and the first since 2003. ..." -- the AA [www].
June 2012: The RACV's annual report on the costs of car ownership showed that the most expensive vehicle was the "Toyota LandCruiser V8 petrol at $398.18 per week", and the cheapest small car was the Kia Cerato S "at $156.99 per week". The calculations are based on owning the vehicle for 5 years and driving 15,000km/year. As always, standing costs - depreciation, insurance, registration - make up by far the largest part of the cost -- [www], [www].
23 June 2012: 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Mathison Turing (23/6/1912 - 7/6/1954), he of the Turing machine, decidability, WWII codebreaking at Bletchley Park including the Bombe, AI, the Turing test, and much else.
19 June 2012: There was a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Victoria with its centre near Moe in Gippsland -- [abc].
19 June 2012: "After a period of rapid ice loss
through the first half of June, sea ice extent is now slightly below 2010
levels, the previous record low at this time of year. ...", and [18th]
"sea ice extent was 10.62 million km2 ..."
-- NSIDC [www][19/6].
16-17 June 2012: The Le Mans 24-hour Race and 80th anniversary [www]. 1. Audi R18 e-tron quattro (hybrid) LMP1, Andre Fassler, Marcel Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer, 378 laps (24:01'16.128); 2. Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1, Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, 377 laps; 3. Audi R18 Ultra LMP1, Marco Bonanomi, Oliver Jarvis, Mike Rockenfeller, 375 laps. 33 of the 56 starters finished. Unfortunately the radical Nissan-powered Deltawing [www] retired at lap 75 after being hit by a Toyota prototype; its qualifying pace was 29th, mid-pack, not bad for 1.6 litres. The Audi e-trons used WHP (Williams Hybrid Power) flywheel energy storage [www], the petrol hybrid Toyotas, supercapacitors [www]. (Also see the FIA [www], Nissan [...].)
15-17 June 2012: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire, .uk [www].
13 June 2012: "Euro NCAP [surveyed] the availability of Autonomous Emergency Braking [AEB] systems in Europe and reveal[ed] that the assessment programme will include AEB technologies in its star rating from 2014. ..." -- [www].
13 June 2012: GM (Opel) announced that it would close its Bochum (.de) factory in 2016 -- [...].
13 June 2012: National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS),
"Japanese, Swedish and Chinese stakeholders,"
"acquired the main assets of
Automobile" (but not Saab Parts or
GM's IP in the Saab '9-5')
to develop electric vehicles --
12 June 2012: Some may remember the methane-powered generator, 'the thing in the cellar', in series one of 'The Good Life', [bbc]. Well, in .au, "manure could prove farmers' carbon cash cow ..." -- [abc]. (Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.)
11 June 2012: It seems that one hundred years ago, Malcolm Campbell saw Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and subsequently gave his racing and record-breaking cars and boats that name. Free exhibition -- [www].
11-17 June 2012: MotorExpo, Canary Wharf, London, -- [...].
11 June 2012, Monday: Queen's Birthday holiday, Vic., .au.
9-10 June 2012, .uk:
The Yorkshire Vintage Association 7th annual gathering,
"National Tractor Weekend," at Newby Hall [...].
7 June 2012: "Group Lotus plc ... can today confirm that, Mr Dany Bahar has been terminated from his employment as Chief Executive Officer ..." -- [...], [bbc]. Lotus revealed ambitious, possibly over ambitious, plans for new models at the 2010 Paris Motor Show (2-17 Oct.), but there had been recent reports of turmoil.
6 June 2012: A Transit of Venus, where Venus passed between Earth and the Sun, was visible from Victoria, .au, from about 8am (through breaks in the clouds). The next two Transits of Venus will occur in 2117 and 2125 -- RAS [www]; also see the Exploratorium [www].
6 June 2012, .au: The Adnyamathanha people, the "native title holders have bought the Wilpena Pound resort in the Flinders Ranges ..." -- [abc].
6 June 2012: Launch of GEO5, Global Environment Outlook 5 -- United Nations Environment Program [www]. (Also see RIO+20 20-22 June.)
June 2012: It was reported that Eric Heerema had sold his
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
for £22.7 million,
That would make it the world's most expensive car, topping
£20.2 million paid for a 1963 GTO
(see 6 Feb. below), and
us$30 m.+ paid for a 1936 Bugatti type 57SC Atlantic
(see 5 May 2010).
3 June 2012: GreenGT announced that an 'H2' hydrogen fuel-cell powered car would run in the 2013 Le Mans 24-hour race — [...].
2 June 2012: "Good snowfalls [see 26 May] prompted Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales' Snowy Mountains to open ..." -- [abc].
1 June 2012, Vic., .au: "The government's new speed camera strategy would see the number of mobile speed camera vehicles increase from 6 to 45 ... by July 2013" -- [abc].
30 May 2012, .uk: In the J.D.Power & What Car 2012
Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study (VOSS), the Kia 'Sportage' SUV had
the highest score of 838. As a brand, Jaguar, on 828, did best --
28 May 2012: "For the first time ever a road train [or platoon] comprising [3 cars] and a Volvo S60 plus one truck automatically driving in convoy behind a lead vehicle has operated on a public motorway among other road users. .." -- [...]. What could possibly go wrong under everyday conditions?
27 May 2012 (Sun): Indianapolis 500 [www]. 1. Dario Franchitti (Chip Ganassi Racing), 2. Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi R.), 3. Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Tech.).
26 May - 8 June 2012: The Isle of Man TT [www].
26-27 May 2012: Motorsport at Crystal Palace, London [www].
26 May 2012: 30cm of snow fell at some NSW and Victorian ski resorts -- [abc].
25-27 May 2012: Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este [www].
25 May 2012: Renault released details of the 'Alpine A110-50' concept, a homage to the Alpine Berlinette of 1962 -- pdf@[...].
25 May 2012: The NSW government announced that it "will abolish registration labels from 1 January 2013," as in WA and SA, relying instead on automatic number plate recognition as now fitted to most(?) police cars in .au -- [www].
The SAE on the new Scion (Toyota USA) 'FR-S' sports car ('GT86' .eu, '86' .jp),
for a June debut, from us$24K; the car was developed with Subaru --
24 May 2012: "The U.S. Army ... refining a long-term plan for its fleet of 20,000 ... mine-resistant, ambush-protected ... MRAPs, ... [inc.] The now-in-development JLTV ... to begin fielding by 2016 ..." -- [www].
24 May 2012, Vic., .au: RACV Insurance reported that "12% of all car theft claims lodged ... during the past year related to Melbourne's west, with St Albans, Taylors Lakes, Laverton, Sydenham and Sunshine ... hot spots ..." -- [www].
23 May 2012: "Mazda ... and Fiat ... have signed a non-binding MoU ... [to develop] a new roadster ... based on [the next] MX-5 ..." -- Mazda [...].
22 May 2012, on topiary: "Williams F1 is pleased to announce that its display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 'The Williams Story', has been awarded the coveted gold medal. Designed by seasoned Chelsea exhibitors King and Co ..." -- [www][22/5], [www][23/4].
22 May 2012: "An Aboriginal group in outback South Australia has been granted native title over Lake Eyre. The native title claim by the Arabana people ... covers close to 70,000 square kilometres ..." -- [abc].
21 May 2012, .uk: Pre 1960 "classic vehicles will be exempted from the MoT test, Roads Minister Mike Penning announced today. ... [still] legally required to ensure that they are safe ..." -- [www], [www].
21 May 2012: K. M. Walter Anthony et al, 'Geologic methane seeps along boundaries of arctic permafrost thaw and melting glaciers,' Nature Geoscience [doi:10.1038/Ngeo1480], " ... With a carbon store of over 1,200 Pg, the Arctic geologic methane reservoir is large [cf.] the global atmospheric methane pool of around 5 Pg. ...", & youtube [...].
19 May 2012: Bonhams auction Aston Martin Works Service Sale,
Newport Pagnell, including
lot 239 a 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupe
chassis #0198/R, engine #420/0198/GT (sold £1.23 million);
the four sanction IIs were a factory-approved revival of
the 19 1961-63 Zagatos --
18 May 2012: "Holden has announced a new export program, confirming today that Commodore will return to North America in late 2013 as the new Chevrolet SS performance sedan. The limited production derivative of the yet to be launched VF Commodore ..." -- [...], [...].
17 May 2012, .uk: The "Honest John" survey found the most popular
4x4 was the Land Rover
small family car VW 'Golf', ..., and
the Toyota 'RAV4 2.2 D4D' was best real mpg performer,
matching or beating its official figures --
17 May 2012: J. Gergis et al, 'Evidence of unusual late 20th century warming from an Australasian temperature reconstruction spanning the last millennium,' J. of Climate, online May 2012, "... the first multi-proxy warm season (Sept.-Feb.) temperature reconstruction for the combined land and oceanic region of Australasia (0°S-50°S, 110°E-180°E). ... In 94.5% of the 3000-member reconstruction ensemble, there are no other warm periods in the past 1,000 years that match or exceed post-1950 warming observed in Australasia. The unusual 20th century warming cannot be explained by natural variability alone, suggesting a strong influence of anthropogenic forcing in the Australasian region." [doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00649.1]. Also see: "... the most complete climate record of the last millennium and [...] found that the last 50 years in Australia have been the warmest. ..." — [abc].
17 May 2012: Audi released more details of its 'R18 e-tron quattro' hybrid Le Mans (16 June) car. The motor/generator operates on the front wheels and energy is stored in a "carbon fibre flywheel ... [at up to] 45,000rpm ... electric motors ... ≤150kW of short-term power...".
16 May 2012: Lola announced the "intention to appoint an Administrator to Lola Cars International Ltd and Lola Composites Ltd. ..." -- [www]. Lola was formed in 1958.
16 May 2012: Subaru .au announced that it would introduce a CVT option for its 2-litre diesel 'Outback' in early 2013 -- [...].
15 May 2012: Porsche showed off prototypes of its forthcoming '918' Spyder hybrid "supercar" due Sept 2013, [...].
15 May 2012, .au: Recall #2012/13138, Ferrari motor vehicles vin 182713 & 183304, "a machining fault may cause crankshaft failure" -- [www].
14 May 2012: World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
released its 'Living Planet Report.'
"... We are using 50% more resources that the Earth can sustainably
produce and unless we change course, that number will grow fast -
by 2030 even two planets will not be enough ...," Jim Leape
"... The top 10 [worst] countries [...] per person are: Qatar,
Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, United States of America, Belgium,
Australia, Canada, Netherlands and Ireland. ..." -- WWF
14 May 2012: ABC TV showed 'When We Were Racers,' about Sir Jack Brabham, on 'Australian Story' -- [abc].
11 May 2012, .uk: The Guardian's "Honest John" published pass-rates for the MoT (road worthiness) test. 80% of cars first registered in 2008 passed, falling to 52% for those registered in 2001, and 44% for 1996, but then steadily rising to 60%* for 1980. -- [www]. A failing car may be fixed up and resubmitted, but the figures apparently refer to initial tests. ( *Out of a much smaller number of tests.) Also see 21 May.↑
11 May 2012: An RAF P40 Kittyhawk fighter from WWII was found in the Egyptian desert -- [bbc].
11 May 2012: Carroll Shelby, of the "Shelby Cobra sports car, died aged 89" -- [bbc].
10 May 2012: "... About 1,000 charges have been laid against
managers of trucking companies Lennons, Scotts of Mount Gambier, Damorange
and Freds Transport. ... The [NSW Roads &...] authority is cracking
down on speeding drivers who tamper with their speed limiters ..." --
7 May 2012: Tests confirmed a sighting of a "critically endangered" tiger quoll in the Otway Ranges -- [abc].
5-13 May 2012: Ecovelocity, Excel, London, green transport [...].
5-6 May 2012: Donington Historic Festival
3 May 2012, .au: The ACCC announced that it would investigate whether the sharing of price information between fuel retailers amounts to price fixing -- ACCC [www], [abc]. Retailers use 'Informed Sources' [www] oil pricewatch; the RACV "wants the same real time price information shared by the service stations to be made available to the motorist" -- [www][4/5]. Also see 18 Dec. 2009.
2 May 2012, .uk: Based on about a million quotes, Tiger insurance reported that drivers of Porsche(24%), Volvo(21%!) & Lexus(21%) cars had the worst accident rates, and Rover(10%), Fiat(10%) & Daewoo(7%) the best. Grey(16%) was the most accident prone colour, and red(11%!) the safest -- [www][5/'12].
2 May 2012: The BBC reported that "Canadian stuntwoman Jolene Van Vugt recorded a [land speed record] of 75km/h (46mph)" . . . for a motorised toilet -- [www]. Also see the "Porcelain Princess" -- [www].
1 May 2012: A 3-day in-season F1 test session began at Mugello -- FIA [www].
1 May 2012: The RACV responded to the Victorian state budget -- [www].
1 May 2012, .uk: Rupert Murdoch was said to be "'not a fit person' to run a major international business," by members (6:4) of the Commons media committee, and "exhibited 'wilful blindness' to what was going on at News Corporation" in the phone hacking scandal -- [bbc], also the [abc], Guardian [www] & Telegraph [...]. (& the G on the Leveson enquiry [www].) (15 May: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to charge former NoW editor Rebekah Brooks and others with perverting the course of justice -- [www].) (12 June: Gordon Brown @Leveson enquiry -- [abc]. And John Major -- [bbc].) (Also see 12 Feb. below.)
30 April 2012: An unrestored 1959 Austin Mini Se7en de luxe, XLL 27, chassis #AA2S7/108, engine #8AUH-908, said by BMIHT to be the 8th off the Longbridge production line in May 1959, before the August launch, sold for £40,250 at Bonhams Collectors Motor Cars auction, Hendon [...].
30 April 2012: The DT reported that (reborn) Invicta Cars, originally founded in 1925, was bankrupt and had been wound up -- [...]. (Also see Bristol, 20 April 2011.)
30 April 2012: 'Impacts of wind farms on land surface temperature,' L. Zhou et al, Nature, "... wind turbines modify surface-atmosphere exchanges ... a region in west-central Texas, where four of the world's largest wind farms are located. ... show a significant warming trend of up to 0.72°C per decade, particularly at night-time ..." -- [www].
28 April 2012, .uk: What Car's "True mpg economy testing programme has revealed the cars that live up to and fall short of official Government figures when driven in real-world conditions on the UK's road network. ..." -- [...]. Mostly "fall short." (Also see the 'New European Driving Cycle' [NEDC]@[ecotest.eu]['12], and wikip [www].)
27 April - 2 May 2012: 12th Beijing Motor Show (press 23rd, 24th, & trade 25th, 26th). Including Audi 'RS Q3' hot SUV concept [...]; Chrysler '300C' [...], Jeep Wrangler 'Dragon' concept [...]; Citroen 'DS3' racing and WRC, 'DS5 Hybrid4', and 'Numero 9' concept pdf@[...]; Fiat new 'Viaggio', '500', 'Freemont' SUV [...]; Hyundai 'Langdon' (~'Elantra'); Lamborghini 'Urus' 3-door 4-seat SUV concept [...] (nothing like the 1980s 'LM002'); Mercedes 'CSC' concept [...]; MG (.cn owned) 'Icon' SUV concept; Volvo (.cn owned) next 'V60', 'V40', and 'XC60' plugin hybrid concept [...]; VW new 'Lavida', 'CC' V6, ... [...].
25 April 2012: The Scottish "village of Dull embraced silliness on a transatlantic scale by becoming the official sister community of the Oregon town of Boring. ..." and more ... -- the Guardian [www]. (Google maps reckons they exist.)
25 April 2012: Anzac Day.
(Also see [abc].)
24 April 2012: Recalls 2012/13019 Rolls-Royce 'Ghost', 9/2009-6/2011, "the turbo cooling pump housing may crack" [www], and 2012/13018 Rolls-Royce 'Phantom' Series I, 1/2003-11/2009, "oil from the brake vacuum pump may enter the brake vacuum line" [www].
24 April 2012, .au: A cold snap brought some early snow to Falls Creek. And, in the SE during May-July, "the chances of below normal rainfall is between 60 and 75% ... The 2011-12 La Nina event has ended ..." -- [bom][24/3].
18 April 2012: "Compact wireless telegraphy allows motorists to send and receive messages. Complete wireless installations for sending and receiving messages over short distances are now so compact and so cheap that it is quite an easy matter to equip a motor-car so that as it travels it may communicate with wireless stations within a radius of twenty miles or so, or with other similarly equipped vehicles. ..." -- originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 18 April 1912 -- [www].
18 April 2012: Audi announced that it had acquired Italian motorcycle maker Ducati -- [...]. (¿Looking at BMW's motorbikes?)
18 April 2012:
"UK average new car CO2 emissions fell 4.2% in 2011 and by over 23%
since 2000. ... almost half of new cars (46.8%) had emissions below the
European legislative target of 130gm CO2/km. ..." -- SMMT
'Scrolling and Driving: How an MP3 Player and Its
Aftermarket Controller Affect Driving Performance and Visual Behavior,'
J.D.Lee et al, J. of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 54(2),
suggests that using an MP3 player [iPod etc.] while driving
is more dangerous than, say, adjusting the radio --
14 April 2012: "A Russian state television channel will broadcast Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's talk show, The World Tomorrow" -- [abc]! (Assange also "announced that he is planning to run [for] the Australian Senate at the next Federal election" -- [abc][18/3].)
April 2012, .uk: The Driver Power survey
rated the best cars to own as
1. Skoda Yeti (2010+),
2. Skoda Superb (2008+),
3. Mercedes E-class (2009+), and the rest.
6-15 April 2012: New York Auto Show (press 4-5th) [www]. Including Chrysler Dodge 2013 'Viper SRT' V10 is back [...]; Fisker 'Atlantic' prototype; Ford Lincoln 'MKZ'; GM Chevrolet 2014 'Impala LTZ'; Honda 2013 'Crosstour', Acura 2014 'RLX' prototype [...]; Hyundai next 'Santa Fe' SUV; Mercedes next 'GLK350'; Nissan 2013 'Altima', 'NV200' taxi; Terrafugia (see 3 April).
5 April 2012: Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (1935-2012), 76, died. He "sculpted the first model" for the Porsche 911 and was "head of the Porsche design studio" when it was released -- [...].
4 April 2012: Jaguar announced it would build the 2-seat 'F-type' for sale in 2013, recalling the 1960s E-type, and based on the C-X16 concept which was shown at Frankfurt in Sept. 2011 -- [...], [bbc].
4 April 2012: In Australian car sales, there was a "3.9% increase (3,632 vehicles) compared to the same month in 2011. ... SUVs continue to dominate ... accounting for 28% of all new car sales so far this year ..." -- FCAI [...].
April 2012, .uk: In the uk, Parkers chose the
Honda Civic 1.4 i-VTEC SE as the overall (and medium hatch) winner
in its 2012 new car awards, decided on the total costs of motoring.
The Range Rover Evoque 2.2 TD4 Pure,
and siblings, dominated the 4x4 category,
with the Suzuki Jimny "a good budget choice".
3 April 2012: "A 93-year-old Florida grandmother has parked her car for good after driving 576,000 miles (927,000km) over 48 years at the wheel of one trusty vehicle. ..." -- [bbc].
3 April 2012: Another flying car -- the PAL-V (personal air and land vehicle) One -- a Dutch, 2-seat, 3-wheel (prettier than a Reliant Robin), folding gyrocopter -- [www]. Also see the Terrafugia Transition flying car 21 March 2009, the production prototype of which "completed its ... first flight at Plattsburgh Int. Airport 23 March 2012" [www], and the Skycar 27 December 2008 & 2 March 2009.
1 April 2012, .au: "Daylight Saving ... ends at 2am (AEST) ... on the first Sunday in April" -- [www].
30 March 2012: Ford
filed its proxy statement for the 2012 A.M. of
shareholders with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commn,
"... Alan Mulally, president & CEO, earned $2,000,000 in salary
& $5,460,000 in cash bonus in 2011. ... total listed compensation - inc.
the grant date value of long-term stock options & other
performance-based equity awards - was $29,497,572. ..." --
29 March - 1 April 2012, .au: The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival [www].
27 March 2012: The SAE reviewed the new Mazda 'CX-5' "crossover" (2.0, 4-cyl., c.r. 13:1 but runs on regular) which replaced the larger 'CX-7' -- [...].
March 2012: 'Broad range of 2050 warming from an observationally constrained large climate model ensemble,' D.J.Rowlands et al, Nature Geoscience, 2012, "... show global-mean temperature increases of 1.4-3°K by 2050, relative to 1961-1990, under a mid-range forcing scenario. ..." -- [www]. (Also see 13 March below.)
26 March 2012: BMW announced a recall of 1.3 million 2003-2010 vehicles
over a wiring problem --
24-25 March 2012 (Sat, Sun), .au: The Longford Revival Festival, Tasmania [...].
23-25 March 2012, .au: National 4x4 Show, Brisbane [www].
22-25 March 2012, .de:
24th Techno Classica, Essen
22 March 2012:
will get a $275 million "co-investment" from federal
and state governments to keep its Australian plants open
for the next 10 years. ...' --
... now what about Ford and Toyota?
21 March 2012: Tata's "Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has finalized a joint venture agreement with Chery Automobile Co (.cn) to manufacture and sell vehicles in China..." ... if approved -- Reuters [...].
19 March 2012: "... the Federal Government would spend more than $15.5 million to manufacture components of the next tranche of Bushmaster vehicles from Thales ... ." And, "subject to successful testing ... final Government approval of the Hawkei is expected in 2015 ..." -- gov [www].
15-17 March 2012: International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show (ITTES), Melbourne Showgrounds, Vic., .au [www].
15 March 2012, .au: "The southern end of remote Lake Eyre is brimming with water and northern areas are about two-thirds covered. Floodwaters are rising ..." -- [abc].
14 March 2012, unprinting: 'Toner-print removal from paper by long and ultrashort pulsed lasers,' D.R.Leal-Ayala et al, Proc. Royal Soc., A., [www], "... with the right laser, it is possible to remove toner from paper to enable its re-use. ...," too expensive now, but maybe one day?
13 March 2012: "The CO2 concentration of the atmosphere [rose] to ~390 parts per million in 2011 ... unprecedented in the past 800,000 years. During the past decade it has risen at more than 3% per year, which is projected to cause significant further global warming." -- CSIRO's 'State of the Climate' report 2012 [www], [abc].
13 March 2012: The astonishing 'DeltaWing' car took "its first laps in California ... now supported by Nissan ... 4-cyl. 1.6 litre turbo [engine] ..." intending to run with the LM P2 cars in the Le Mans 24-hour race (16-17 June) as an experimental entry "outside classification" -- [www], [www], [...], also [...][22/3] & [...][4/6].
12-18 March 2012: 33rd Corowa Swim In, Vic., .au, the year of the 6x6 [www].
March 2012: Recall PRA #2012/13055 for 2012 Volvo XC70,
V60, S60 and XC60 vehicles, "failure of the airbags to
deploy during a crash may increase the risk of injury" --
And 2012/13049, Porsche Cayenne,
"detachment of the headlight from the car may result in a crash ..." --
9 March 2012: Gooding and Co Amelia island auction included lot 15 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder us$3,685,000, lot 47 1976 Porsche 935/76 us$2,530,000, lot 49 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution us$1,265,000, lot 53 1984 Porsche 962 us$1,925,000 lot 55 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 us$3,245,000, lot 57 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder chassis #917/30-004 us$4,400,000, lot 69 1967 Porsche 906E us$1,001,000, and more besides -- [www]['12].
8-18 March 2012: 82nd Geneva International Motor Show
'EXP9F' W12 SUV(!) concept (?VW Touareg++?);
'M135i' 6-cyl 1-series,
'M6' 4.4 twin turbo V8;
'F12 Berlinetta' front eng., rwd;
'500-L' station wagon,
'Cruze' station wagon
'Mokka' SUV 4x4 & 4x2 (late 2012);
'NSX' hybrid-V6 concept;
'i-Oniq' electric concept &
next 'i30' station wagon
'XF Sportbrake' wagon (late 2012)
(Range Rover) 'Evoque' convertible concept
'Takeri' saloon concept (?~Mazda6?);
next 'A-class', with a bonnet (hood)
next 'Outlander' SUV (late 2012)
'Plus E' electric concept (with Zytek and Radshape)
'Invitation' concept &
'Emerge-E' hybrid concept
Huayra Carbon ed.;
'208 GTi' hot hatch concept,
208 'XY' urban concept
'4008' SUV (soon)
'Lodgy' (Spooner?) 7-seater MPV
'XIV-2' SUV concept
'G70' compact concept &
'Swift' range-extender (hybrid)
(seen Tokyo '11);
'BRZ' & 4th-gen. 'Impreza' 5-door in .eu-spec
'Model X' (electric)
'FT-Bh' (hideous) city concept,
2013 'RX' SUV
'Cross Coupe' SUV hybrid concept,
'Citigo' (May, ~VW 'Up').
4 March 2012 (Sun): Dandenong Ranges FWDC swap meet, Yarra Glen, Vic., .au [...]. (The weather had been wet earlier.)
February 2012: Asteroid AG5, 150 metre diameter, probability of earth impact on 5 Feb 2040 est. at 0.0016, i.e., about 1 in 600 -- NASA [www][29/2].
29 February 2012: On Ford's new 1-litre 3-cyl. turbo 'Ecoboost' engine (73kW, 5 l/100km, 109 gm CO2/km, to 92kW) which "replaces a 1.6-L 4-cyl naturally aspirated [engine] in the Focus" -- SAE [...].
29 February 2012: Audi announced details of its diesel+electric hybrid 'R18 e-tron' quattro LMP1 Le Mans prototype, the front axle having a motor/generator which draws/stores energy in a "flywheel accumulator" -- [...]. (Also see Toyota, 25 Jan. below.)
29 February 2012: GM and PSA Peugeot Citroen "announced the creation of a long-term and broad-scale global strategic alliance... " -- GM [...], PSA P C [...].
28 February 2012: "The weather bureau has issued a flood threat advice for Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and is predicting heavy rainfall from today until the weekend. ..." -- [abc]. "... possibly reaching 200mm over the next five days ..." -- [bom][28/2].
27 February 2012: GM Holden began production of a dedicated LPG version of the Holden Commodore -- [...].
25-26 February 2012 (Sat-Sun): Ballarat Swap Meet, Vic., .au -- [www].
February 2012, .au:
Vehicle Standards Bulletin 14 (VSB 14)
National Code of Practice for Light Vehicle Construction and
NCOP11 Section LS Suspension and Steering V2 Jan 2011.
Sec.4.2.4 "... The overall diameter of any tyre fitted to
[a] 4WD ... Must not be more than 50mm [~2"] larger or 26mm smaller
than that of any tyre designated by the
vehicle manufacturer for that vehicle."
Sec.4.11 "Raising the height of the vehicle may be performed
without certification providing the overall increase in
vehicle height is not more than 50mm." --
February 2012: For Sale, '1969 Land Rover Velar - "The Oldest Range Rover In The World" ... Chassis 100/6 was built, by hand, as an engineering prototype in August 1969 ... £77,750.' -- [www][2/'12]. (Also see the [RR], launched in 1970.)
22 February 2012, .au: '[NSW] Police say they are targeting a number of 'rogue' trucking companies ... Officers and officials ... arrived this morning at the headquarters of Lennons Transport Services ... [had] tampered with to override a device that limits its speed to the heavy-vehicle limit of 100km/h. ..." -- [abc].
21-24 February 2012: Second F1 test session, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.
21 February 2012: "PSA Peugeot Citroen [confirmed] that discussions are taking place for potential cooperations and alliances" -- [...]. GM has been mentioned -- [bbc]. Then there's GM's Opel - see 16 Feb.. And a European recession is on the cards.
21 February 2012: The Daily T reported that
a breathalyser would be compulsory equipment
to be carried in all cars in France from 1 July --
19 February 2012 (Sun), .au: The Victorian 4WD Show, Wandin -- [www].
17 February 2012, .au: GM Holden released details of the 'Colorado' ute, due mid 2012, engine options being 2.5- or 2.8-litre turbo diesels -- [...].
17 February 2012: Ferrari reported "7,195 cars delivered in 2011" up 9.5% on 2010 ("777 to the greater China area," up 63%) -- [www].
16 February 2012: GM reported record "2011 calendar-year net income attributable to common stockholders [profit] of us$7.6 billion, or $4.58 per fully diluted share, up [62%] from $4.7 billion" in 2010, but also losses of $700 million in Europe (Opel .de / Vauxhall .uk) -- GM [...], [bbc], [abc]. One or more European plants (.uk, .be, .de) could be back on the block, as they were for a time in 2009.
15 February 2012: (Toyota's) Lexus dominated the
J.D. Power and Associates
2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) --
12 February 2012, .au: "New research shows motorists were being short-changed during the latest 'double discount' promotion offered on fuel by the large supermarket chains over summer. ..." -- RACV [www].
10-19 February 2012: Chicago Motor Show
(trade 8th & 9th, charity 9th)
9 February 2012: Aston Martin released pre-production pictures of the V12 Aston Martin 'Zagato' road car, due later 2012, from £330K -- [...].
6 February 2012: There were various reports, e.g.,
that a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
(3-litre V12), chassis #5095, one of 39 built between 1962 and 1964,
had sold privately for £20.2 million.
(A 1936 Bugatti 57SC
Atlantic reportedly sold for us$30million+ in
2010 - see 5 May.)
2 February 2012, AADB PN 43: "The Executive Council filed a disciplinary Formal Complaint with the AADB [Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board, .uk] in connection with the conduct of Deloitte LLP and of Mr Maghsoud Einollahi in relation to the four individuals known as 'the Phoenix Four' and the MG Rover Group ..." -- AADB [www]. MG Rover collapsed in 2005.
2 February 2012: Bonhams Paris Sale auction, [...], including lot 254 a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe chassis #DB4/GT/0142/L, engine #370/0143/GT (sold €1,012,000), & lot 294 a 1964 Amphicar 770 chassis #101958 (sold €46,000).
1-5 February 2012: RetroMobile, Paris [www].
1 February 2012: Fiat released results for 2011, including Fiat Group Automobiles (FGA) "shipping" 2,032,900 passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, down 2.4% in 2010. Chrysler sold 1,855,000 vehicles worldwide in 2011, up 22% on 2010 -- pdf@[...].
1 February 2012: "Only 588 electric cars were registered since Boris Johnson's announcement [in 2009] he would ensure 100,000 electric vehicles were in [London] ..." -- the Guardian [www].
31 January 2012: EuroNCAP released it's best (safest) cars in class of 2011 - small off-road 4x4 Audi Q3, supermini Chevrolet Aveo, small family car Ford Focus, small MPV Mercedes B Class, & large family car Volvo V60 -- [www].
31 January 2012, .au:
The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke,
moved to stop the Victorian Gvmt allowing cattle
into the Alpine National Park as it
"would have a clearly unacceptable impact on the
national heritage values of the Australian Alps National Parks and
Reserves National Heritage Place. ..." --
(Maisie Fawcett (later Carr) first established grazing exclusion plots in
the Alps - Maisie's plots - in 1945 to study the effects of grazing, e.g.,
S.G.M.Carr and J.S.Turner,
The Ecology of the Bogong High Plains (I and II),
Journal of Australian Botany, 7(1), pp.12-63, 1959 -- see
28 January 2012: "... A cyclone warning is current for coastal areas from Mardie to Coral Bay, including Exmouth and Onslow [WA]. ... At 5:00pm WST [TC] Iggy, category 2 was estimated to be 425km WNW of Exmouth and 470km NW of Coral Bay and moving SSW at 5 km per hour. ..." -- [bom][28/1], [abc]. Iggy moved away SSW -- [bom][31/1].
27 January 2012: Nissan announced global sales of 4,669,981 units for 2011, up 14.4% on 2010 -- [...].
25 January 2012: An SAE article discussed Xtrac's new transverse gearbox for "supercars" such as the Pagani Huayra -- [...].
25 January 2012: Toyota released details of its
'TS030' hybrid LMP1 race car,
3.4-litre V8 + capacitor storage (≤500kJ) +
either front or rear (rules) electric drive,
for the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, including Le Mans (June) --
(Also see Audi, 29 Feb. above.)
19 January 2012: Eastman Kodak filed for 'chapter 11' bankruptcy protection -- [...], [bbc]. Digital cameras nobbled the film business, and while Kodak itself was quickly into digital photography it never became dominant.
19 January 2012: Bonhams Scottsdale Sale auction includes lot 365 ex-Richard Lloyd Racing 1987 Porsche type 962 Group C racing coupe, chassis #RLR 962-106B, engine #956 348 (passed in) -- [...].
19 January 2012: GM reported worldwide sales of 9,025,942 vehicles in 2011, up 7.6% on 2010 -- [...]. (Later, there were grumbles [VW, & see 6 Jan] that the total included sales by "affiliates" in .cn.)
18 January 2012: Peugeot announced that it would withdraw from endurance racing, including the 2012 Le Mans 24-hour race (June), citing financial reasons -- [www].
16 January 2012: "BMW is recalling 235,000 Mini vehicles worldwide - 29,868 in the UK - because of a fault with an electric water pump. ..." -- [bbc].
15 January 2012: The Dakar finished in Lima, Peru. Winners: cars Stephane Peterhansel & Jean-Paul Cottret (Mini 6-cyl 3-l td); trucks Gerard de Rooy, Darek Rodewald & Tom Colsoul (Iveco); bikes Cyril Despres (KTM); quads Alejandro Patronelli (Yamaha) -- [www].
10-22 January 2012: 90th European Motor Show, Brussels (public 12-22) [www].
January 2012: What Car's Car of the Year 2012 [...] was the Volkswagen 'Up', and sub-categories included: family car Ford 'Mondeo', small family car VW 'Golf', and 4x4 and SUV BMW 'X3'.
10 January 2012:
"The Gillard (Fed.) and Baillieu (Vic.) Governments today
announced new funding to boost the performance of the
Ford Falcon and
the Ford Territory produced here in Australia.
The Commonwealth will provide $34 million towards a
total investment of over $103 million to boost the
fuel efficiency and emissions performance in both models.
This funding will also see the Falcon produced at
Broadmeadows in Melbourne to at least the end of
Ford made no promises beyond 2016
and there was much speculation
that it would eventually stop building cars in .au.
Ford, GM Holden, and Toyota
build cars in .au.
Also see 17 July above, and 5 Jan. below.
9-22 January 2012: North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), COBO Center, Detroit (public 14-22) [www]. Including Audi 'Q3 Vail' SUV concept [...]; Bentley 4-litre twin turbo V8 (<CO2) for the 'Continental' GT & GTC (from £124K); BMW '335i' & Mini 'Roadster'; Chrysler Dodge (~Alfa-R) 'Dart' (~2013); Falcon 'F7' "supercar" rear mid 7-l V8 [...]; Ford 'Fusion' (2013 Mondeo) [...], [...]; GM Cadillac 'ATS' [...], [...] & Chevrolet '130R' 2-door concept; Honda 2013 'Accord' coupe concept & new 'NSX' concept [...]; Mercedes 2013 'SL' [...]; Porsche '911 Cabrio' [...]; Toyota 'Prius c' (1.5 l), 'NS4' plug-in hybrid concept [...] [...] & [...] & Lexus 'LF-LC' concept; VW 'Jetta hybrid' [...].
9 January 2012: Worldwide, Rolls Royce announced "record sales" of 3,538 cars in 2011, 31% up on 2010 -- [...]. (See VW, 6 Jan below.)
6 January 2012: GM announced "enhancements" to the batteries of the Chevrolet Volt after a few instances of them catching fire several days after a heavy crash -- [...].
6 January 2012: Worldwide, the Volkswagen (VW) Passenger Cars brand delivered 5.1 million vehicles in 2011 up 13.1% on 2010 -- [...]. And Volkswagen Group delivered 8.16 million vehicles, up 14.3% on 2010 -- [...].
5 January 2012: The US Army clarified that the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV, son of Hummer) was not dead, and that "the solicitation for the JLTV EMD phase is planned for release on or about 20 Jan 2012" -- [www]. The JLTV had seemed to have been a budget cut; see 2 Dec. 2011.
5 January 2012: The Aurora Australis set out for Antarctica. Plans included celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Australian led Antarctic expedition: Douglas Mawson's group established its base at Commonwealth Bay on 8 January 1912 -- [www], [www].
5 January 2012: Worldwide, Mercedes-Benz cars sold 1,362,908 vehicles in 2011, up 7.7% on 2010 -- [...].
5 January 2012: 1,008,437 new vehicles were delivered in .au in 2011, down 2.6% on 2010. The Mazda3 (41,429) was the most popular new car, toppling the Holden Commodore (40,617). Toyota was the most popular brand, then GM Holden, and Ford -- FCAI [...].
1-15 January 2012: The Dakar, Mar Del Plata to Lima through Argentina, Chile and Peru -- [www].
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