2013: 2013 was Australia's hottest year on record, "1.20°C above the long-term average of 21.8°C, breaking the previous record set in 2005" [bom], [abc]. VW blew its reputation for reliability and customer care with gearbox and engine problems, and associated PR disaster (14/11, 12/6). Better Place (electric car recharging) folded (26/5). Thanks to Edward Snowden we discovered what was long suspected -- that the NSA and GCHQ listen to everything. The Liberals won the Federal election (7/9) and soon revealed their "non-core" promises - deficits were bad but can now be increased (e.g., cancelled Labor's tax measures), dropped their national broadband promises [www], and executed a double flip flop with twist on school funding - while they kept their core promises - dumped the car industry (6/11), and set about introducing a non means tested Paid Parental Leave scheme [abc], [17/12].
31 December 2013: Cyclone Christine [cat.3] brought torrential rain and destructive winds to Western Australia's Pilbara ..." -- [abc].
27 - 31 December 2013, Vic.: "Domain Tunnel closure 10pm-5am, 10pm 27th to 5am 31st, Westgate Inbound 11pm-7am, 11pm 27th to 7am 28th, and 11pm 28th to 7am 29th" for resurfacing -- [www].
27 December 2013: "A cyclone warning has been issued for coastal areas of WA ... expecting a tropical low off the coast of Broome to strengthen over the weekend into a category 3 storm ..." -- [abc].
24 December 2013: "Forecasters are predicting a
cyclone will form off Western Australia's northern Kimberley coast
on Christmas Day. ..." --
20 December 2013: Lamborghini unveiled the 'Hurcan' LP 610-4, 5.2-litre V10 - the replacement for the Gallardo -- [www].
20 December 2013: "Daimler AG [~Mercedes] and Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. have signed an agreement for a significant technical partnership ... Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin to develop bespoke V8 engines [for A.M.] ... Daimler will receive up to 5% non-voting shares in Aston Martin ..." -- D [www], AM [www].
20 December 2013: "Last Volkswagen [Kombi] camper vans are made in Brazil ..." -- the G. [www].
19 December 2013: "UK car manufacturing ... 2013 output set to pass 1.5 million units for first time in six years. ..." -- SMMT [www].
19 December 2013: "Australia's south-east sweltered today with more than a dozen fire bans in place across South Australia, Victoria [Melbourne 40°C] and Tasmania. ..." -- [www].
18 December 2013: Ford "revenue is projected to grow about 10%, with market share increases in all regions other than Europe ..." -- [www].
18 December 2013: Announcing a fund to
"help create jobs in the states affected by the closure of Holden,"
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said
"Some [workers] will find it difficult, but many of them will
probably be liberated to pursue new opportunities and
to get on with their lives" --
16 December 2013: "The final [Australian] soldiers to leave the base at Tarin Kot [Afghanistan] are currently en route back home to Australia. Around 400 Australian military personnel will remain in Afghanistan in training and support roles ..." -- [abc].
14 December 2013: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out giving Toyota extra government assistance to remain in Australia. ..." -- [abc].
12 December 2013: PSA Peugeot noted
"the sale by GM of its [7%] stake in the company" --
[www] -- and that Peugeot was
"reviewing potential industrial and commercial development projects
with various partners, including Dong Feng Motor [.cn]" --
6 December 2013: P.M. "Tony Abbott rules out more Holden assistance as ministers say carmaker will leave Australia in 2016 ..." -- [abc]. Also see 10 Dec. above, and Ford, 23 May below (and "Ford announced plans to hire 5,000 workers in the US and 6,000 workers in Asia in 2014 [and] open two new plants in Asia" -- [www][12/12]).
5 December 2013: Ford revealed its new 'Mustang' "available with three engines ... 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and ... a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine" -- [www].
5 December 2013: The British Government will "create a £10m prize to fund a town or city to become a testing ground for autonomous vehicles. Milton Keynes is already experimenting with driverless pods. ..." -- [bbc].
4 December 2013: The WMRC published a revised F1 calendar
of 19 races for 2014
1 December 2013: The London Sale, Bonhams auction [www]. Including eight Ecurie Ecosse cars such as lot 5 a 1952 Jaguar C-type (sold £2,913,500), lot 7 a 1956 Jaguar D-Type short-nose (without the fin, sold £2,577,500) [www], and lot 32 1994 ex Michael Schumacher Benetton Cosworth Ford B194-05 F1 (sold £617,500).
25 November 2013, recall # 2013/13858 (34F4): "Audi A1 (8X), A3 (8P), A3 (8V) & TT (8J) ... 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) ... an electrical short circuit and the gearbox fuse could blow ... causing the vehicle to roll to a stop ..." -- [www].
24 November 2013: Historic Commercial Vehicle Club (HCVC) 32nd Annual Display Day Rally, Sandown Racecource, Melbourne (Melways 80D8) [www].
23 November - 1 December: 43rd Tokyo Motor Show (preview 22nd) [www]. Including, Honda 'S660' concept (homage); Mazda next '3'; Mitsubishi 'GC-PHEV' 4x4 (?Pajero-ish?), 'XR-PHEV' & 'AR' concepts [www]; Nissan next 'X-Trail' & 'BladeGlider' (DeltaWing inspired, 'ZEOD RC' prototype) electric concept [www] [www]; Subaru 'Levorg' & 'Crossover 7' concepts [www]; Suzuki 'Crosshiker' crossover & 'X-Lander' 4x4 concepts [www]; Toyota open 'FT-86' concept [www], [www] & Lexus 'RC' coupe [www]; VW 'Up' diesel hybrid (8.6kWh) [www].
23 November 2013: Tropical Cyclone Alessia approached the WA/NT coast -- [abc].
23 November 2013: The 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of
22 November 2013: The 50th anniversary of the assassination
of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Oswald was himself shot by Jack Ruby on the 24th.
22 November - 1 December 2013: Los Angeles Auto Show [www] (press 19-21 Nov.). Including BMW next 'Mini' [www] is even less mini; Ford 'Edge' concept SUV; GM Chevrolet next 'Silverado' [www]; Honda 'FCEV' fuel-cell concept; Jaguar 'F-Type' coupe (£51K 2014), 'C-X17' SUV concept [www]; Land Rover lwb Range Rover; Mercedes 'GLA 45 AMG' concept SUV; Nissan 'GT-R' Nismo [www]; Porsche 'Macan' SUV [www] [www]; Subaru 'Legacy' concept and next 'WRX' [www].
21 November 2013, .au: "The weather bureau says there is a high possibility of a cyclone forming in the Top End over the weekend. ... unusual to see this type of weather system so early in the wet season. ..." -- [abc].
21 November 2013: RM Auctions Art of the Automobile, New York,
lot 118 a 1997 F1 Ferrari F310B chassis #179 (passed in us$630K),
lot 122 a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS teardrop cabriolet
(Figoni et Falaschi, sold
19 November 2013: The Australian Best Car Awards included best
Small Car <au$35K Hyundai i30,
Medium Car <au$50K Mazda 6,
Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) <au$45K Subaru Forester 2.5i, and
All-Terrain 4WD <au$100K LandRover
16-17 November 2013: Bendigo National Swap Meet [www].
14 November 2013: "Volkswagen has announced a recall
of about 2.6 million cars worldwide ... affects a range of models
that may have problems with lights, leaking fuel lines and
the wrong type of engine oil. ..." --
November 2013, Pilbara, .au, Ancient Life?:
N. Noffke et al, 'Microbially Induced Sedimentary Structures Recording
an Ancient Ecosystem in the
"2013 is currently on course to be among the top ten warmest years
since modern records began in 1850 ... Jan. to Sept., tied with 2003
as the seventh warmest such period on record ...
about 0.48°C (0.86°F) above the 1961-1990 average. ...
the warmth in 2013 was most extreme in Australia. ..." -- #981
[www] @ WMO
8-10 November 2013: Historic Sandown, Melbourne [www].
8 November 2013: "A total fire ban has been declared for all of the Greater Sydney region today. ... temperatures in parts of the city's west set to reach 37°C ..." -- [abc].
6 November 2013: "... the cost to the South Australian economy of Holden's potential closure would be $1.24 billion and 13,200 jobs ..." -- [abc].
6 November 2013: "Forecast strong winds and high temperatures have led to declaration of a catastrophic danger rating for the West Coast fire district of South Australia ..." -- [abc].
5 November 2013 (Tue.): Melbourne Cup. Fiorente won.
4 November 2013: A "report ... compiled for the [FCAI] by the Allen Consulting Group and Monash University researchers. ... concluded the economy was au$21.5 billion better off because of government subsidies to the car industry and nearly 40,000 jobs would be lost if car makers pulled out of Australia this decade. ..." -- [abc]; also see the FCAI [www].
3 November 2013, NSW:
"Two emergency warnings have been issued for bushfires ...
[i] Laws Farm fire, which is
burning out of control at Lower Portland on the Hawkesbury River ...
[& ii] in the area around Old Hume Highway and
Ovington Road at Alpine. ..." --
30 October 2013: VW announced "sales revenue rises to €145.7 billion (€144.2 billion ) for ... Jan. to Sept. Q3: €47.0 billion (€48.8 billion). Operating profit of €8.6 billion (euro;8.9 billion) after nine months. Q3: €2.8 billion (€2.3 billion) ..." -- [www].
28 October 2013:
Land Rover announced a long wheelbase Range Rover (£140K±)
heading to the LA [20/11] and Guangzhou [21/11] Motor Shows;
"An additional 140mm to rear legroom has been achieved by lengthening
the bodyshell in front of the rear wheels." -- Tata
25-27 October 2013: MotorClassica, Melbourne,
Royal Exhibition Building
The associated auction, Sat. 26th, includes
lot 121 a 1913 Hispano Suiza Alfonso XIII, and
lot 124 the "only existing Australian-made prototype of the first
October 2013, .uk: The 'Which' car-reliability survey reports that the most reliable 4-8 year-old 4x4 is the petrol Toyota RAV4, the least the VW Touareg and Land Rover Discovery 3 -- [www].
24 October 2013, .au:
Recall #2013/13801 BMW Australia Ltd -
BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 & Z4,
24 October 2013: Ford reported "Record third quarter pre-tax profit of $2.6 billion ... and a combined profit for regions outside N.America for first time since second quarter 2011; record third quarter profit for Asia Pacific Africa; profitable in South America; loss in Europe ..." -- [www].
23 October 2013: "... the third quarter of 2013 for the group
PSA Peugeot Citroen was impacted by the pricing policy, the
interruption in Citroen C3 production and pressure on market shares
in Europe. ... expects automotive markets to decline by some 4% in Europe
in 2013 ..." -- Peugeot-C.
(See 25 Oct., above.)
17 October 2013: 'Toyota is recalling 885,000 vehicles ...
problem that could cause a water leak from the air conditioning unit. ...
could leak into the airbag control module, causing a short circuit ...
In some cases airbags "could become disabled or could inadvertently deploy"
and in limited cases the power steering function could be disabled ..." --
17 October 2013: Nissan unveiled its 'ZEOD RC' (Zero Emissions on Demand) hybrid 2014 Le Mans race car -- "the driver can switch between electric power and a small lightweight turbocharged internal combustion engine" -- [www].
17 October 2013: "Emergency warnings have been issued for four bushfires burning out of control near Lithgow, Mount Victoria, Wollongong and Newcastle. ..." -- [abc]. "Officials say hundreds of homes may have been lost as NSW suffers one of its worst bushfire days in recent memory. ..." -- [b]. '... "a scene of utter devastation" ...' -- [18th], [19th].
15 October 2013: "The German government has persuaded
[the EU] to delay introducing new limits on CO2 emissions from cars.
... agreed to revise a deal, reached in July, that set a limit of
14 October 2013: "Shares in Peugeot Citroen plunged 10% on Monday on reports that the company is considering raising funds by selling shares. ..." -- [bbc].
13 October 2013: Autumn Motorsport Day, Brooklands Museum, .uk [www].
10 October 2013: "Bushfire threat returns as NSW awaits scorcher ..." -- [abc].
10 Octorber 2013, .au: 'Army' magazine reported
on soldiers testing prototype 'Hawkei' armoured 4x4 vehicles
in north Queensland
8 October 2013: "Aston Martin
has abandoned its [move into] so-called city cars after
selling fewer than 150 of its [Toyota iQ based] Cygnet model ..." --
8 October 2013: "Firefighters are monitoring dozens of blazes burning across southern Queensland and are worried there could be more. ..." -- [abc].
6 October 2013 (Sun.), .au: Daylight Saving begins, "move your clock forward one hour at 2am (EST)".
3 October 2013, .au: "More faulty trucks have been impounded in Sydney and Newcastle by authorities investigating ... the fatal explosion of a petrol tanker on Sydney's northern beaches on Tuesday ... 12 more Cootes Transport trucks had been ordered off the road because of safety defects. ..." -- [abc], & [7/10].
28 September 2013: "Toyota is calling back 615,000 Sienna minivans in the US to fix a lever problem that could cause vehicles to shift out of park mode ... [and] Nissan said it is recalling 908,900 vehicles globally due to a flaw in an accelerator sensor ..." -- [bbc]. In .au, recall 2013/13761 affects Nissan Y61 Patrol, sold 1st June 2006 - 30th July 2013 [www].
28 September 2013: Morgan gathering, Thrill on the Hill, Shelsley Walsh, uk [www].
27 September 2013: The FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) released the provisional 2014 Formula One World Championship calendar of 22 races including America (New Jersey, June), Russia (Sochi, Oct.), Mexico (Nov.) -- [www]. The new Concorde Agreement for 2013-2020 between the FIA and the Formula 1 Group also came into force -- [www].
27 September 2013: The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), working group 1
"... 1983-2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the last
1400 years. ... Over the period 1901-2010, global mean sea level rose
23 September 2013: Chrysler Group announced
"it has filed a registration statement [for]
a proposed initial public offering of common shares. ..."
23 September 2013:
"Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is urging residents in
the south west to be vigilant with heightened fire conditions predicted
today and the next few days. ..."
21 September 2013: The French Government announced that in 2014 it would introduce a tax on fossil fuels based on their CO2 emissions -- [www].
21 September - 2 October 2013: Royal Melbourne Show [www].
20 September 2013, .au:
"Tim Flannery defends Climate Commission after
Government scrapping ..." --
19 September 2013: "South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says Holden will stop making cars in Australia from 2016 unless the Federal Government commits by Christmas to more taxpayer support. ..." -- [abc].
18 September 2013, .au:
"... Treasury will also be told to prepare legislation to abolish
the Clean Energy Finance Corporation [for] managing $10 billion ...
in renewable energy projects. ..." --
17 September 2013: "Slumping car sales across the EU in August
have underlined the fragility of the eurozone economy, with the
cumulative figures for the year to date at a record low. ..."
September 2013: B. D. Santer et al, 'Human and natural influences on the changing thermal structure of the atmosphere', Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA, [www] -- yes, global warming is our doing.
16 September 2013: "... Cape York indigenous leader
Gerhardt Pearson and the Kalpowar people have signed [a] deal with ...
Bounty Mining to develop the area's first [coal] mine ...
[near] Lakefield National Park ..." --
12-22 September 2013: 65th Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) [www] (trade 12-13th, public 14-22nd). Including Audi 'Sport Quattro' concept [www]; BMW 'i8', & 'X5 eDrive' hybrid concept [www]; Caterham 'Seven 165' (2014); Citroen 'Cactus' concept (poor name for .au); GM Opel/Vauxhall 'Monza' concept [bbc], 'Insignia OPC' [www] [www]; Jaguar 'C-X17' SUV concept [www]; Kia 'Niro' SUV hybrid concept (1.6+electric) [www]; Land Rover 'Range_e' diesel hybrid Range Rover, & Sport, for 2014 [www] [bbc]; Mazda's next '3'; Mercedes next 'S-class' coupe; Nissan next 'X-Trail' SUV [www]; Peugeot '308 R' concept [www] [www]; Porsche '918 hybrid', Panamera ser.2, [www] [www]; Smart 'Fourjoy' concept; Suzuki 'iV-4' SUV concept (production version ~2015?) [www]; Toyota several hybrids, and Lexus 'LF-NX' crossover concept [www]; Volkswagen 'Golf Sportsvan' (s/w) concept, electric 'e-Golf' & 'e-Up' (2014) [www], [www]; Volvo coupe concept [www]. (Also see [bbc].)
11 September 2013: "More than half of Queensland faces a very high fire danger ..." -- [abc].
10 September 2013: "... Bushfire emergency threatened homes west of Sydney ..." -- [abc].
10 September 2013: "Toyota is recalling 780,584 vehicles in the US for a second time ... a suspension defect that may not have been fixed after a recall last year. ..." -- [bbc].
9 September 2013: "A booze-stealing feral pig ... in the Pilbara has prompted a reminder for travellers at camp sites and rest stops to ensure their food and alcohol is secured. ... believed [to have] drunk up to 18 cans of beer at the DeGrey River rest area, east of Port Hedland, ..." -- [www].
8-9 September 2013: RM Auctions, London [www], including lot 249 a 1957 Maserati 250S chassis #2432, engine #2432-1, sold for £2,128,000; lot 203 a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, chassis #SCEDT26T6BD004240, sold for £19,600; lot 243 the 1977 Lotus Esprit '007 Submarine', sold £550,000.
7 September 2013, .au: Federal Election. The Liberal-National coalition, led by Tony Abbott, won. (And [abc][19/9].)
6-7 September 2013, .au: Birdsville Races [www].
5-7 September 2013: St James's Concours d'Elegance, London [www].
4-6 September 2013 (Wed.-Fri.): Salon Prive,
Syon Park, London
1 September 2013:
"Petrol companies in New South Wales could face fines of up
to $110,000 for failing to display the full price of fuel. ..."
1 September 2013: Spring.
26 August 2013: Ford collected together a gallery of Ford 'Mustang' concepts that never went into production, starting "From late 1961 into mid-1962, Ford designers tried out a wide range of themes for a sporty coupe based on the platform of the new Falcon compact. ... Avventura ... Avanti ... Allegro. The fastback design was originally sketched with a hatchback and rear-facing second row seat. ..." -- [www].
26 August 2013. .au:
"A research pilot plant in Newcastle will trial world-first technology
that turns carbon emissions into bricks and pavers ...
The University of Newcastle, ... Orica and ... GreenMag Group
have spent six years researching how to permanently and safely
dispose of carbon dioxide. ..." --
24-25 August 2013: The Lotus Festival, Brands Hatch [www][10/12].
23-25 August 2013: National 4x4 Show, Melbourne Showgrounds [www].
23-25 August 2013, .uk: CarFest South, Laverstoke Pk Farm, Hampshire [www].
17 August 2013 (Sat.): Henley on Todd Regatta, Alice Springs, NT [www].
16-17 August 2013: RM Auctions Monterey auction [www], including lot 137 a 1955 Jaguar D-Type (sold us$3,905,000); lot 140 a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider (sold us$9,075,000); lot 146 a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti, chassis #0530M, engine #0530M (sold us$4,070,000); lot 225 a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4*S NART Spider, chassis #10709, engine #10709 (sold us$27,500,000); lot 242 a 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage', chassis #2461 (sold us$2,090,000); and lot 249 a 1986 Porsche 962, chassis #962-122; [www](Fri.), [www].
16 August 2013: The UK introduced new fixed penalty notices for careless driving such as "centre lane hogging", e.g., see the AA [www].
14 August 2013: Recall 2013/13697 for MY 2012 & 2013
Freelander 2 and Range Rover Evoque 2.2, diesel leak
"from the engine mounted injector spill rail spigot to
spill return pipe" --
14 August 2013: "The New Zealand makers of a one-person jetpack
hope to have it on sale by the middle of next year. ...
[It] has now been issued with an experimental flight permit
for development test flying ..."
12 August 2013: "Team UOW Australia [was] announced as the winner of the Solar Decathlon China 2013" -- [www], UOW [www], [abc] -- Students from U. of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra Institute took the plan of a 1960's fibro house and "retrofitted" it with modern cladding, insulation, double glazing, and a photovoltaic thermal system.
10-16 August 2013: Bonneville Speed Week, [www].
10-11 August 2013: Winton Festival of Speed
8 August 2013: Recall PRE #2013/13691, BMW diesel 1 (E87), 5 (E60), 7 (F01, F02), X3 (E83), X5 (E70), X6 (E71), Aug.-Nov. 2009, "An internal short-circuit may occur in the area of the electric contacts of the diesel fuel filter heating unit. ... may lead to a vehicle fire. ..." -- [www].
7 August 2013: BMW released more information on its 'i8' plug-in hybrid, 2+2, sports car - to be at the Frankfurt Motor Show (12 Sept), and to go on sale in 2014 [www]. It has a 170kW 1.5-litre turbo-charged 3-cylinder petrol engine, and a 96kW electric motor, driving the rear and front wheels respectively. VALVETRONIC variable-lift valves do away with a throttle. BMW claims 35km range in all-electric mode.
5 August 2013: "BMW's China joint venture will recall more than 140,000 vehicles due to an electric power-steering system problem ..." -- The G. [www].
5 August 2013, .au: The Labor Government
"announced a $200 million assistance package for the car industry"
the day after it announced 7 September as
the date of the Federal Election.
2-4 August 2013, .uk: CarFest North, Oulton Perk [www].
2 August 2013: "Holden offer[ed] workers pay freeze to keep Elizabeth car manufacturing plant open ..." -- [abc].
1 August 2013, .uk: Culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed a temporary export ban on the "single-seater Bentley racing car known as a 'Bentley Blower' ... owned and raced by Sir Henry Birkin" -- [www]. The car sold for £5million+, 29 June 2012.
30 July 2013, .au: "... traditional owners [the Martu] near Wiluna
in WA's Goldfields have had their native title claims recognised. ...
spanning almost 50,000 square kilometres in and around Wiluna ..." --
29 July 2013: BMW revealed the production version of its electric 'i3' (125 kW, 22 kW-hr) for sale in .eu in November, and .us (us$43K), .cn, .jp in 2014. A 650cc "two-cylinder gasoline [range extender] engine (25 kW)" is an option, [www].
27 July 2013: "A British-based computer scientist has been banned from publishing an academic paper revealing the secret codes used to start luxury cars including Porsches, Audis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis ..." -- The G. [www], also [bbc].
27 July 2013, .uk: Warranty Direct's Reliability Index ranked cars
27 July 2013: 41 years of production of the Ford Transit van at Southampton ended. Production in Turkey continued.
26-28 July 2013: Silverstone Classic [www].
26-28 July 2013: Billing, Land Rover Festival [www].
25 July 2013: Aston Martin announced moves to
"a technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG GmbH ...
development of bespoke V8 powertrains and the use
of certain components of electric/electronic (e/e) architecture. ..." --
24 July 2013: Contracts for parts of "Phase 3B of Project LAND 121 - 'Project Overlander' were signed by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia and Haulmark Trailers (Australia) ..." -- Defence [www]. (Also see 24 Oct. above.)
24 July 2013: The Birds, "... up to 4,000 galahs and cockatoos have been roosting in [Boulia, Qld] over the past 10 weeks. ... perch on powerlines ... can cause the wires to crash together leading to power outages and surges. ..." -- [abc].
July 2013, .au:
"All Challenger models are powered by [a]
2.5-litre common rail, direct injection turbo-diesel engine. ...
131kW@@4000rpm ... 400Nm@@2000rpm ..." --
23 July 2013: "Bentley Motors today confirms that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV, the company's fourth model line. The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. ..." -- Bentley. (It won't be pretty.)
23 July 2013: "Rio Tinto ... plans to build the Koodaideri [iron ore] mine about 110km west-northwest of Newman. ..." -- [abc]. The site is in the Hammersleys, WA, about 25km from Karijini National Park.
19 July 2013, .uk: Petrol 135.78p per litre, diesel 140.24p -- the AA [www].
17-21 July 2013: The War and Peace Revival RAF Westenhanger - Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger, Hythe, Kent [www].
17 July 2013:
'Carwarp [nr Mildura] shines as Australia's largest
concentrated solar plant opens ... 40 dish solar panel plant. ...
[And] "the hundred megawatt power station that will follow this
plant in a year or so is enough to power up to 40,000 average
Australian homes when it's producing peak power."' --
12 July 2013: "Volkswagen Group China deliver[ed] more than 1.5 million vehicles in the first half of 2013 ..." -- [www].
9 July 2013: "Following a pit lane incident at last weekend's German Grand Prix ... Access for approved media will be confined to the pit wall." -- FIA [www].
8 July 2013, .au: Recall PRA #2013/13658, Mitsubishi 13MY 'Outlander', including "Adaptive Cruise Control ... Forward Collision Mitigation" and "the Electronic Power Steering computer may fail" and "when driving in a tunnel with the Adaptive Cruise Control 'On', the system may judge the wall of the tunnel as an approaching vehicle and automatically operate the brakes" -- [www].
8 July 2013, .au: "Independent review announced into Holden manufacturing ..." -- [abc].
July 2013: The RACV released
its annual survey of car running costs and
"the cheapest new car to own and operate is the Mitsubishi Mirage ES ...
estimated on-road price of au$15,459 ...
weekly running costs modest [of] au$112.81. ... [up to]
the new Nissan Patrol ST-L ...
drive-away price of au$88,488 ...
au$397.84 a week ..." --
4 July 2013: Chrysler 'will recall nearly 840,000 vehicles. ... 490,000 vehicles which may have a potentially faulty component for head rests ... 282,000 minivans to fix software which is "inadvertently programmed" to deploy side airbags on the opposite side to that of an impact. ...' -- [bbc]. See ,  and @@C. (Also see 4 June.)
3 July 2013: "Cane toads have wiped out some populations of dwarf crocodiles in northern Australia. ..." -- [abc].
30 June 2013: 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Inspection 24th, practice 25-28th, set-up 29th).
29 June 2013: The 2013 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge was won by Gerry Crown and Matt Bryson driving a Leyland P76 (237:30:10) in the pre-1975 category. The pre-1941 category was won by Phil Garratt and Kieron Brown in a Chevrolet Fangio Coupe (257:23:58) -- [www]. The event commemorates the 1907 race.
25 June 2013: The EU announced
"a deal on the European Commission's car emissions proposal:
25 June 2013: "A flood evacuation warning has been issued for some parts of Goulburn [NSW] ..." -- [abc].
23 June 2013, .au: The prime minister officially opened a new bypass at Holbrook, NSW, finally making the Hume highway dual carriageway from Melbourne to Sydney. The bypass will open to traffic in July -- [www].
22-23 June 2013: The Le Mans 24 Hour Race
1. Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval, no.2 Audi
R18 e-tron quattro (348 laps, 24.01.16);
2. Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin, no.8 Toyota
TS030 hybrid (347 laps);
3. Oliver Jarvis, Marc Gene and Lucas di Grassi, no.3 Audi (347 laps).
It was Audi's 12th win, and Kristensen's 9th.
And in LMP2,
1. Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Ganzalez & Martin Plowman,
no.35 Morgan-Nissan (329 laps).
There were several downpours and 11 safety-car periods.
Sadly, Allan Simonsen, driving an Aston Martin Vantage (GTE), was killed
in an accident on lap 3.
21 June 2013, .uk: "... a rise in the average price [of petrol] from 133.35p a litre in mid May to 134.61p in mid June ... [& diesel] 138.17p in mid May to 139.16p now ..." -- the AA [www].21 June 2013: "Tourism Australia announces best job winners: Elisa Detrez (France): park ranger, Qld; Allan Dixon (Ireland): outback adventurer, NT; Andrew Smith (US): chief funster, NSW; Rich Keam (England): taste master, WA; Roberto Seba (Brazil): lifestyle photographer, Vic.; Greg Snell (Canada): wildlife caretaker, SA" -- [abc].
18 June 2013, .au: "Carmaker Holden is in discussions with staff and unions about cutting costs at its South Australian plant. ..." -- [abc]. (See 21 July above. And, on 23 May, Ford .au announced that it would stop local manufacturing in 2016.)
17-23 June 2013: Paris Air Show [www].
17 June 2013:
To "2050 we can emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of CO2
to have a good chance of staying within the 2°C limit. ... emissions
from using all the world's fossil fuel reserves would be around
five times this budget. ..." -- Climate Commission
And, the "Government says coal industry vital" --
15-16 June 2013 (Sat.-Sun.): Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival (including the Napier Railton) [www].
14-16 June 2013: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power [www].
11 June 2013: 'New South Wales Shooters MP Robert Borsak
says there has been a culture war over gun control in Australia since
the Port Arthur massacre, but people are starting to "get over it". ...
Thirty-five people were killed when gunman Martin Bryant opened
fire in the Tasmanian tourist site. ...'
10 June 2013 (Mon.): Queen's Birthday, Vic., .au.
9 June 2013: There were reports that TVR might be revived. (We've been here before.)
8-10 June 2013: Finke Desert Race, Alice Springs NT [www].
7 June 2013: "Detroit's mountains of petroleum coke are 'dirtier than the dirtiest fuel.' Byproduct of tar sands production is piling up ..." -- The G. [www].
7 June 2013, .uk: The RAC Foundation reported that "Analysis of data for 551 fixed speed cameras in 9 areas shows that on average the number of fatal and serious collisions in their vicinity fell by more than a quarter (27%) after their installation. ... However the research also highlights 21 camera sites ... at which, or near which, the number of collisions appears to have risen enough to make the cameras worthy of investigation in case they have contributed to the increases." -- [www].
6 June 2013: The FIA decided "To bring the case concerning the tyre testing session carried out by Pirelli and Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in Barcelona on 15-17 May 2013 before the FIA International Tribunal because it results from the inquiry that the conditions of this testing may constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules." -- FIA [www]. (See 21 June.)
28 May 2013: "Is the Tanami Road the worst highway in Australia? ..." -- [abc].
27 May 2013: "The Bland Shire in central western NSW ...
in the early stages of investigating sister city relationships
with Dull in Scotland and Boring in the United States. ..."
26-27 May 2013: Motorsport at the Palace, Crystal Palace, uk [www].
26 May 2013: "Better Place announce[d] that it [had] filed a
motion with the Lod District Court today to ask for the dissolution of
the company and the appointment of a temporary liquidator. ..." --
26 May 2013: 97th Indianapolis 500
25 May - 7 June 2013: Isle of Man TT [www].
25-26 May 2013: Historic Winton, .au [www].
25 May 2013: Bonhams Spa Classic auction including lot 15 a factory restored 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupe, chassis #3739, engine #2502 (sold €575,000), and lot 20 a 1964 Ferrari 275GTB Berlinetta chassis #06663, engine #06663 (sold €902,750) [www], [www].
24-26 May 2013: Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este, Lake Como [www], and RM Auctions Villa Erba sale [www] (25 May) including lot 130 a 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta 'Competizione' chassis #0320AM, engine #0320AM, driven by Ascari, Farina and Hawthorn (sold €9,856,000), lot 132 a 2010 Ferrari 599XX chassis #ZFF69PXX000170895 (sold €918,400), lot 135 a 1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso Berlinetta by Scaglietti chassis #5275GT & engine #5275GT (sold €974,400), and lot 126 a 1997 Ferrari F50 chassis #ZFFTA46B000106910 & engine #45670 (sold €560,000).
24 May 2013, .uk: In the JD Power Whatcar survey of
car owner satisfaction
23 May 2013, then there were two:
Ford Australia announced that it
would "cease its local manufacturing operations in October
This had been widely predicted ever since Ford decided
(24 July 2009)
not to build a small car, the Focus, in Australia,
thus reversing its move of July 2007
From then Ford allowed the Falcon, and Territory 4x4, to go stale.
23 May 2013: "Nissan ... plans to recall about 841,000 vehicles
worldwide due to a faulty steering wheel. ..." --
20 May 2103: Turning 100,
Aston Martin unveiled its 'CC100 Speedster' concept
at the Nurburgring 24 hour event --
The car resembles the 2009 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR,
Stirling Moss limited edition, rather more closely than its own
18 May 2013: Bonhams Aston Martin works auction, Newport Pagnell,
inc. lot 239, a unique
1960 Aston Martin Beretone DB4GT the "Jet"
16 May 2013, .au:
Mt Hotham, Vic., "a few snow showers,
15 May 2013, .uk: "The offices of several firms involved in the oil market [were] raided by European Commission officials. ... BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Norway's Statoil and the pricing agency Platts confirmed that they were working with the authorities ..." -- [bbc].
10 May 2013: J. Vrigham-Grette et al,
'Pliocene warmth, polar amplification, and stepped pleistocene cooling
recorded in NE Arctic Russia,'
The sediment record
"from Lake El'gygytgyn [Siberia, shows] a very warm Arctic when
atmospheric CO2 levels were last at about 400 parts per million (ppm) ...
8°C [warmer] ... sea levels were up to 40m higher than today"
10 May 2013, .au: An "annular" eclipse of the Sun,
central Australia & N. Qld
9 May 2013: "[VW] is recalling about 91,000 cars in Japan ... potential gearbox problems that have already caused a recall in China ..." -- Reuters [www]. (Also see 20 March below, and wikip on DSG [www].)
9 May 2013: A 'Red List' of "ecosystems on the brink of extinction" includes "the Coorong lagoons, Karst rising springs (Mt Gambier), coastal sandstone upland swamps (Wollongong), marshes and lakes in the Murray-Darling Basin (Warren)" as critically endangered, and "the seagrass meadows (Spencer Gulf), the Coolibah-black box woodland (Walgett) and the semi-evergreen vine thicket (Inverell)" as endangered -- [abc].
8 May 2013: "Toyota's profit more than doubled in the three months to March [due to] a weakening yen and improved sales ..." -- [bbc].
8 May 2013: GM Holden "announced its 2012 financial results, recording a net loss of au$152.8 million. ..." -- [www]. And reduced production in "South Australia from the current 400 cars per day down to 335." -- [www]. Also see [abc].
7 May 2013:
"SMR Automotive has confirmed up to 90 jobs will go from its
Lonsdale plant in S. Adelaide, as some production [of car parts] is
moved to Thailand. ..." --
4-5 May 2013 (Sat.-Sun.): Clunes Booktown Festival, Vic., .au [www].
4 May 2013 (Sat.), .uk: Warren Concours d'Elegance, Woodham Walter, Essex [www].
3 May 2013: Porsche released details of its next 911 Turbo and Turbo S models [www].
3 May 2013: GM
"announced first quarter net income attributable to
common stockholders of us$0.9 billion",
including losses in Europe of
"us$(0.2) billion, compared with us$(0.3) billion"
last year --
April 2013, .au: "Testing of the prototype [Spartan] has finally finished ... Work is underway on the production car ... engine choice now to Honda K20A Type-R with power of 250hp ... 500kg ..." -- [www]. Also see [bbc].
30 April 2013, .au: "... country motorists are paying
up to 30c more for petrol and gas than Melbourne motorists ...
30 April 2013, .au: Tropical Cyclone Zane, 760km E. of Lockhart River, is likely to strengthen to category two before it crosses the far N. Queensland coast -- [abc].
30 April 2013:
CO2 levels measured at the Earth System Research Lab., Mauna Loa
29 April 2013: Bonhams auction, Hendon, RAF museum, including lot 329 a 2004 Ferrari Enzo, chassis #ZFFCZ56B000136073 (passed in) [www].
29 April 2013, .au: Recall PRA #2013/13549,
Honda 2001-2003 YM CIVIC, 2002-2003 YM CR-V and 2003 YM Jazz
"front passenger air bag inflator may have been assembled
with improperly manufactured propellant wafers"
25 April 2013 (Thu.): Anzac Day.
24 April 2013: The Skoda 'Yeti' was revealed as Britain's favourite car
in the 2013 Auto Express Driver Power car satisfaction survey
24 April 2013: Ford reported "first quarter pre-tax profit of us$2.1 billion" including in "North America ... a record us$2.4 billion", but in Europe a loss of us$462 million -- [www].
24 April 2013: PSA Peugeot reported that "first quarter of 2013 saw demand decline by a steep 10% in Europe ... €13 billion in consolidated revenues, down 6.5% [v.] 1st-quarter 2012" -- [www].
22 April 2013: T. P. Howard et al, 'Synthesis of customized petroleum-replica fuel molecules by targeted modification of free fatty acid pools in Escherichia coli,' Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 2013, [www]. Candidates for making renewable petrol, diesel, or equivalent fuels include algae, and bacteria such as E. coli. Scaling up is the big challenge. (Also see [bbc].)
23 April 2013: The ABS [www] estimated that the Australian population had reached 23 million.
22 April 2013: "Australian rock legend Chrissy Amphlett, best known as the singer of the Divinyls, has died in New York aged 53." -- [abc].
21-29 April 2013: AutoShanghai, the 15th Shanghai Motor Show
BMW 'i8' hybrid concept, 'X4' concept
Chang'an (.cn) 'R95' SUV concept;
Cherry 'Ant 2.0' electric concept;
Ford "Escort" (.cn only);
Maserati 'Ghilbi' 4-door;
Mercedes-Benz 'GLA' concept (compact SUV);
MG 'MG3' &
'CS' SUV concept;
Nissan 'Friend-ME' concept
Porsche 'Panamera' LWB;
19 April 2013: Daimler gave details of the new
Unimog range, including a new "look", and Euro VI compliant engines
15 April 2013, .uk:
"... After accounting for indirect emissions, biodiesel from
edible oils is no longer a rational [CO2] mitigation strategy;
abatement costs for ethanol are in the range of $330-$8,500 per tonne
of CO2e, depending on the feedstock used. ..." -- Chatham House,
14 April 2013 (3): Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shangai,
start 3pm local (7am GMT).
12 April 2013, .au: "Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly
today opened the
11 April 2013: "Japan carmakers to recall 3.4m cars
over airbag defect ... The cars were sold in the years 2000-04,
and the firms said the defective part was supplied by
parts maker Takata Corp. ..." --
10-14 April 2013: 25th Techno Classica, Essen, .de [www].
9 April 2013: (Shelby) SSC reported that its Ultimate Aero had been
reinstated as the world's fastest production car [256.14mph 2007]
after "Bugatti and their Veyron Super Sport [267.8mph 2010]
were officially stripped of the record by Guinness World Records"
for using a modified car (a speed restrictor was deactivated) --
[www] -- hmm.
8 April 2013: GM "Holden has
announced that it will lay off another 500 workers in response to
falling demand and the high Australian dollar. ..." --
4 April 2013: Shell "announced it is selling its refinery in Geelong" -- [abc]. There were predictions that the refinery would close and become an import terminal. Australia has 7 refineries, Kurnell NSW (Caltex) to close in 2014, Clyde NSW (Shell), Bulwer Island Qld (BP), Lytton Qld (Caltex) Altona Vic. (Exxon Mobil), Geelong Vic. (Shell) for sale. Kwinana WA (BP),
4 April 2013: "Hyundai is recalling 1,059,824 cars and SUVs and Kia 623,658 vehicles, from the 2007 to 2011 model years. ..." -- [bbc].
3 April 2013, .au: A Climate Commission report concluded that "Climate change is already increasing the intensity and frequency of many extreme weather events, ... The climate system has shifted, and is continuing to shift ..." -- [www]. Also see [abc].
2 April 2013, .au:
has revealed that it has received au$2.17 billion
in Federal Government assistance in the past 12 years. ..." --
Ford, Holden and Toyota currently build cars in Australia.
(Also see 8 April above.)
29 March - 7 April 2013: New York International Auto Show (press 27th, 28th) [www]. Including Chrysler next Jeep 'Cherokee' 2.4 I4 or 3.2 V6 [www]; GM 2014 m.y. Chevrolet 'Camaro SS' [www] & 'Camaro Z/28' [www]; Jaguar 'XJR'; Kia next 'Soul' and 'Optima'; Land Rover next 'Range Rover Sport' [www] (SAE [www]); Subaru 'XV' hybrid, 'WRX' concept; Toyota 2014 'Highlander' SUV; Volvo 'V60' diesel plug-in hybrid [www].
23 March 2013: "A Met Office warning of snow covers
Northern Ireland, much of England, northern Wales and
south-west Scotland. ..." --
(Met. office [www].)
± 21 March 2013: Start of 'The Coldest Journey' expedition, a winter crossing of Antartica [www].
20 March 2013:
"Volkswagen says it will recall 384,181 vehicles in China
to replace a part of their gearboxes ..." --
18 March 2013: Torotrak "has acquired a 20% stake in flywheel hybrid [KERS] innovator Flybrid Auto. Ltd (formerly Flybrid Systems LLP) with an option to acquire the remaining shares before the end of the calendar year. ..." -- [www].
18 March 2013: "Contrary to rumours initiated by Autocar magazine,
[Group] Lotus [PLC] is not being liquidated.
Earlier this year, Lotus was in a contractual dispute
which was resolved amicably a number of weeks ago. However the High Court
process meant that the matter was still shown on the High Court website,
as there was a hearing scheduled for today. This is what appears to have
been seen and misunderstood. The case was only listed for the proceedings
to be disposed of. The claim has now been dismissed with no order
as to costs."
16 March 2013: Tropical Cyclone Tim
was "forecast to move slowly SW ... and weaken ... the remnant low is
forecast to move WNW towards the tropical Queensland coast next week"
15-17 March 2013: National 4x4 Show, Brisbane [www].
13 March 2013: 'Mind the Gap! Why official car fuel economy figures don't match up to reality,' a report by Transport & Environment NGO, on how car makers fudge the NEDC emissions tests -- [www].
13 March 2013: Struggling Renault signed an agreement with the unions on keeping factories open but cutting jobs -- [www].
12 March 2013, .au:
"The record for the longest stretch of hot weather in Melbourne
has been broken. The temperature has been
above 30°C for nine days in a row. ...
six days greater than 35°C ..." --
8-10 March 2013: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance [www], and 9 March, RM Auction [www]. Lot 137 a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Walker-LaGrande sold for us$4,510,000, lot 147 a 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta 'Tuboscocca' by Vignale sold for us$1,237,500, and lot 165 a 1933 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria by Rollston sold for us$1,512,500.
7-17 March 2013: The Geneva International Motor Show [www]. Including Alfa Romeo '4C' mid-engined 1.8 turbo [www]; Aston Martin 'Rapide S' 4-door [www] & 'Jet' shooting brake (station wagon) concept (also see Bertone [www]); Audi 'RS Q3' crossover [www], 'A3 etron' plugin hybrid [www]; Bentley next 'Flying Spur'; Chrysler Jeep 2014 'Grand Cherokee' [www]; Citroen next 'C3', & 'Hybrid Air' (compressed air) prototype; Ferrari 'F150', 'LaFerrari' hybrid 6.2 l+Kers (Enzo replacement) [www]; Fiat '500L Trekking' [www]; Honda 'Civic' s/w; Hyundai 'Grand Santa Fe' SUV [www]; Kia 'Provo' concept, 1.6 turbo 'pro_cee'd' (groan) GT and 'cee'd' GT [www] & a concept [www]; Land Rover electric Defender experiment [www], 'Evoque' 9-spd auto (ZF 9HP) [www]; Maserati revised 'Granturismo MC Stradale'; McLaren 'P1' hybrid(!) total 916 PS & 900 Nm [www] [www]; Peugeot '208GTi', '2008', various hybrids [www]; Rolls-Royce 'Wraith' coupe; Spyker 'B6 Venator' concept [www]; Subaru 'Viziv' concept; Suzuki next 'SX4' crossover [www]; Tesla 'X' and 'S'; Toyota open FT-86 concept; VW 'XL1', 'Cross Up' SUV, next production 'Golf GTI', 2014 'GTD' [www].
7 March 2013: The FIA released the entry list
for the 2013 F1 World Championship
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber,
Ferrari Fernando Alonso and Filipe Massa,
McLaren Jenson Button and Sergio Perez,
Lotus Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean,
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
7-12 March 2013: Melbourne Caravan, Camping & Holiday Supershow, Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield [www].
6 March 2013: Details of the Lotus Evora 414E prototype and its series hybrid-electric drive-train at SAE [www].
5 March 2013: Gumpert, which was facing bankruptcy last year, announced that it was "launching into the coming few years with a new investor. An enlargement of the product range is planned. ..." -- [www].
March 2013, .au: The Climate Commission released a report, 'the Angry Summer,' "record-breaking heat, severe bushfires, extreme rainfall and damaging flooding. Extreme heatwaves and catastrophic bushfire conditions ... made worse by climate change." -- [www].
3 March 2013:
"An emergency flood alert has been issued for northern Dalby on
Queensland's Darling Downs, as heavy rain continues ..." --
1-3 March 2013: Airshow 2013, Avalon, Geelong, Vic.,
1 March 2013: "... this summer [Dec.-Feb.] has been Australia's hottest on record. Average temperatures across the country came in at 28.6°C, 1.1°C above normal ... The highest temperature ... was at Moomba in South Australia at 49.6°C. ... Record [for] Sydney with 45.8°C and Hobart with 41.8°C. ..." -- [bom], [c.c.].
27 February 2013: "China Racing becomes second Formula E team ..." -- FIA [www].
26 February 2013: "A white Hyundai ... ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the company's Ulsan [plant] ... the world's first automaker to begin assembly-line production of ... hydrogen-powered vehicles for fleet use. ..." -- [www].
26 February 2013: "SE Qld awash again after heavy rain ..." -- [abc].
25 February 2013: Renault released some details of its "electrified 1.6 V6 turbo powerplant" for next year's F1 rules, [www]. Features include direct-injection, KERS, and an electric motor-generator on the turbo-charger.
25 February 2013, .au: "Tropical Cyclone Rusty is moving slowly
towards the coast. ... large tropical cyclone and its slow movement
is likely to result in higher than usual rainfall in the
Pilbara and W. Kimberley. ..."
February 2013: There was a
"decision by Better Place to focus on delivering on its
strategy in Denmark and Israel ... wind-down of its non-core
activities in North America and limiting any further investment in
Australia beyond its current commitments. ..." -- Better Place
22-24 February 2013: Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry [www].
20 February 2013: "Geely Holding, majority owner of Volvo ... and Geely, will establish a [R and D] Centre in Gothenburg ..." -- [www]. Volvo also released details of a makeover for "S60, V60 and XC60" -- [www].
19 February 2013:
"BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and
convertibles manufactured Dec.2007 through July 2011;
& 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles ...
& 2007-2011 3-Series sedans ...
& 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons ...
& 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles ...
The connector for the +ve battery cable connector and the
corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. ..."
-- NHTSA #13V044000 7/2/2013
"BMW is recalling about 720,000 vehicles ... unexpected stalling. ..."
18-22 February 2-13: 23rd Annual Speed Week, Lake Gairdner, South Australia -- Dry Lakes Racers [www].
18 February 2013:
"There is a large, fast moving bushfire in the Victoria Valley area ...
approximately 3260 hectares in size ... out of control ..."
of the "Grampian - Victoria Valley complex" (N. of Dunkeld)
15 February 2013: "Small near-Earth asteroid '2012 DA14'
will pass very close to Earth on Feb. 15, ... inside the
ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. ...
45 meters in diameter ... 27,700km [closest approach] ..."
13 February 2013: RM Auctions
Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum sale including
11 February 2013: "An economist says Australian petrol prices
appear to be headed to their highest point since May
last year. ... national average price
of [ULP was] 146.2 cents a litre last week. ..." --
10 February 2013: GM Holden
unveiled the next Commodore, the 'VF', to go
on sale "mid year," and reckoned to be the last exclusively .au design.
It is to be exported to the USA as the Chevrolet SS Sports Sedan --
9 February 2013, .usa: "A significant nor'easter continues to bring crippling impacts to portions of the Northeast. Moderate to heavy snow is expected to continue across Pennsylvania, western New York and much of New England before tapering off by Saturday afternoon. Some locations are expected to see snowfall in excess of two feet. ..." -- [nws], [9/2], [bbc].
9 February 2-13, .au:
"... fire activity in the Licola, Glenfalloch, Wollangarra area.
This bushfire is out of control. ...", and
"... bushfire in the Dinner Plain area. ... The area of the
Great Alpine Road around Hotham Heights and Dinner Plain
is unsafe to enter. ...", and more warnings
7 February 2013, .uk: With regard to the motorway speed limit, "7% [think] it was 80mph" -- the AA [www]. The limit is 70mph on motorways, and on dual carriageways, unless otherwise indicated. It always looks like everyone drives at 70+mph, and a significant minority at 80+.
7 February 2013: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde auction, Paris
lot 562 the ex-works, Achille Varzi 1931
Bugatti type-54 (4.9, dohc)
chassis #54201, engine #1
Lot 578, a 1929 Bentley
61/2-litre Speed Six tourer,
chassis #BA2580, engine #BA2584, sold for €828,000.
5 February 2013: On turbo-charging and fuel economy,
"Many turbocharged cars tested by CR have slower acceleration and no better
fuel economy than the models with bigger conventional engines. ..."
5 February 2013, .au: The DSE
"advise that there is fire activity in the Hotham Heights, Dinner Plain
and Harrietville area. This fire is yet to be contained ..."
1 February 2013: "Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald has caused severe damage
to parts of Fraser Island, in SE Queensland, including inland
driving tracks. ..." --
30 January 2013: Toyota USA announced "safety recalls [for ~] 752,000 Corolla ... and ~270,000 Lexus IS vehicles. ... airbag control module ... could have been manufactured with ... integrated circuits (ASICs) that are susceptible to internal shorting. ..." -- [www], [abc]. (Also see 29 April above.)
28 January 2013:
"... the Burnett River in Bundaberg [Qld] will reach a flood peak
of 9.5 metres tonight affecting a further 2,000 homes. ..." --
"... More than 600 millimetres of rain has fallen in
the Lockyer Creek catchment since yesterday morning and some creeks
are peaking higher than the flood in
2011. ..." --
25 January 2013: Ex tropical cyclone Oswold caused flooding in N. Queensland. "... In Ingham, north of Townsville, the Herbert River peaked at midday at 12 metres after more than 200 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours. ..." -- [abc]. (Oswald continued south towards NSW.)
25 January 2013: "The CFA are now working on 'settling down' the edges of the Aberfeldy bushfire (Vic.) which has burnt up to 65,000 hectares ..." -- [abc].
24 January 2013: Ex tropical cyclone Peta caused flooding in the Pilbara - [abc].
23 January 2013: ULP in country E. Victoria was generally ~$1.49/l.
21 January 2013, .au: The condition of Victorian country roads has deteriorated greatly in the last two years. One of the worst examples is the South Gippsland Highway, lined with numerous traffic hazard signs warning of potholes, many of the latter being big enough to rip a wheel off a small car. (Also see 1 May.)
20 January 2013: The original Batmobile from the 1960s TV show sold
for us$4.2 million
15 January 2013, .au: "January 2013 has recorded a low price [for ULP] of 130.7cpl (3/1/2013) and a peak of 148.3cpl (10/1/2013). Today's average price is 142.2cpl. ..." -- RACV [www].
15 January 2013: "Crews [made] progress fighting [a] major NSW bushfire ..." -- [abc].
14-27 January 2013: North American Int. Motor Show (NAIAS), Detroit [www], press 14-15th, trade 16-17th, charity 18th, public 19-27th. Including Ford 'Atlas' pickup concept [www]; GM Cadillac 'ELR' (extended range electric ~'Volt') [www]; Honda Acura 2014 'MDX' [www], 'Urban SUV' concept [www]; Toyota Corolla 'Furia' concept [www], revised Lexus 'IS' [www].
13 January 2013, .au:
"A large bushfire is threatening homes in the
Warrumbungle National Park [NSW] ..." --
10-13 January 2013: Autosport International, the Racing Car Show, NEC Birmingham, .uk (trade 10-11, public 12-13) [www].
10 January 2013: "Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle has continued
moving south southwest overnight and is expected to slowly develop
as it continues towards the Northwest Cape [WA]. ..."
9 January 2013, .au: In the NT, "... Kings Canyon Resort as a one-kilometre wide fire front raced through the Watarrka National Park. ..." -- [abc].
9 January 2013: Chrysler Group LLC announced "it [hd] received a 'registration demand' from the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust ('VEBA') pursuant to the terms of the Shareholders Agreement ..." -- [www].
January 2013: Studio Roosegaarde, and Heijmans Infrastructure,
last year demonstrated a "smart highway" with
lane markings that glow in the dark and
show snow-crystal patterns if the temperature falls below freezing.
The innovations are to be introduced in Brabant (.nl) -- Studio Roosegaarde
5-20 January 2013: Dakar, Peru, Argentina, Chile [www]. Including the 'Race2Recovery' team of injured soldiers [www]; one of the team's four 'wildcats' achieved the goal of finishing [www], and LR [www].
4 January 2013, .au: "1,112,032 new passenger cars, SUVs and
commercial vehicles were delivered to customers during
2012 ... a new record ...
the Mazda 3, is Australia's most popular model ..."
4 January 2013: "Fire Weather Warning for the
Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East,
South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland
forecast districts ..."
4 January 2013: "Victoria loses alpine ["scientific"] grazing appeal ..." -- [abc].
3-6 January 2013: Summernats Car Festival, Canberra, ACT
3 January 2013, .uk:
"2012 was the second wettest year in the UK national record
dating back to 1910 ..."
1 January 2013: ULP prices were up to au$1.52+/l in country Victoria over the holiday.
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