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2012-11-22

CARMAKERS NEWS * WORLDWIDE

* Germany - Brutal Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Black Series revealed

Stuttgart,Germany -Gizmag, by Vincent Rice -November 20, 2012: -- Due for its public debut at the upcoming Los Angeles motor show, Mercedes-Benz AMG has finally revealed images and details of the SLS Black Series...  The inevitable ultimate (road-going) version,  it'll come as no surprise that the beast in question is wider, harder, faster, and completely awesome... The uprated AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine generates a power output of 622 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque making the SLS AMG Black Series the most powerful AMG high-performance automobile with a combustion engine. Only the planned SLS AMG Electric Drive with a maximum output of 740 hp has more power... The vehicle accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and onward to a top speed of 196 mph (315 km/h)...


* Europe - New car sales decrease slows

Harrow,London,UK -Fleet Europe, by Tim Harrup -20 Nov 2012: -- The latest statistics to be produced by Jato Dynamics show that the decline in Europe's new car market slowed down last month. Europe's new car sales declined by 4.6% in October, bringing the year to date decrease to 7.2% compared to the first ten months of last year. Where the 'Big 5' markets are concerned, the United Kingdom saw a healthy increase of 12.1% last month and Germany was also up, although by a modest 0.5% in October. France was down by 8%, Italy by 12%, and Spain continues to suffer greatly, down 21%... In manufacturer terms, Volkswagen, Ford, Renault, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall topped the monthly list, although all of them saw decreases in sales compared to October 2011. Audi climbed to sixth place with an increase of almost 10%, while fellow German manufacturer Mercedes came in at tenth with a 3.7% increase. Volkswagen continues to head the model list with the Golf, a model which was replaced (Golf 6 to Golf 7) during the month. Fiesta, 208, Clio and Polo follow...


* Spain - Banco Santander orders 700 Hyundai ix20 in 
Madrid,Spain -Fleet Europe, by Steven Schoefs -16 Nov 2012: -- Hyundai has been chosen as preferred automotive partner of financial instituation Banco Santander in Spain. Hyundai Motor Spain has delivered the first units of a fleet of 700 vehicles ix20 model to Banco Santander... The delivery schedule of all 700 vehicles will be held during the next two years. The model chosen by the bank has been the Hyundai ix20 1.6 CRDi Comfort 115 hp. Hyundai´s Five Year Triple Care package has been highly valued by Santander when choosing the ix20 model. This warranty package, offers peace of mind to its users, with a five-year warranty with unlimited kilometers, five years of roadside assistance and five years of preventive vehicle status...


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* USA - 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: Recall Alert

(Photo: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class) 
Washington,DC,USA -The Car Connection, by Suzanne Kane -Nov 21, 2012: -- Mercedes-Benz is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2012 model year CLS550 and CLS550 4MATIC luxury sedans to fix a defective hood latch... A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected at just 23. Affected vehicles were built over a 13-day period, from December 1, 2011 through December 13, 2011... The problem stems from bolts holding the hood’s secondary latch striker that may not have been tightened to specification... Over time, the bolts fastened with reduced torque may loosen, thus increasing the possibility of accidental hood opening if the primary locking mechanism fails, or if the hood is not sufficiently closed...


* USA - 2012 / 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Recalled For Airbag Issue

Washington,DC,USA -The Car Connection, by Suzanne Kane -Nov 21, 2012: -- Volkswagen is conducting a recall of certain 2012 and 2013 Beetle small cars over concerns that the front passenger airbag may deploy even if a child is secured in a passenger restraint... A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of vehicles potentially affected at 2,471. Affected vehicles are those equipped with leather sport seats and were built from February 2012 through August 2012... There is a risk of serious injury to a child in the event of a crash with an airbag deployment. According to Volkswagen, no injuries have been reported as a result of this issue. As the NHTSA and other safety agencies and organizations recommend, children in child restraints should always be properly secured in the back seat of vehicles...

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