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2011 Melbourne Motor Show Concept Cars Summary

At the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show, many exhibitors have exhibited their future products and concept cars. In total, there are no less than 14 concept cars. Thank you, John (our mate) from Down Under for passing some photos taken at the Motor Show to us. 

 

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Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest automaker had showcased its FT-86 II and Prius C City Car concepts. For its luxury brand – Lexus, the LF-Gh concept was there.

 

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Mazda set in the Minagi at the show. The car looks like production ready and Mazda will make use of this model with minor changes to become the new CX-5. Besides, Mazda also showcase the rear-wheel-drive Shinari at Melbourne Motor Show. Sadly, the Mazda Shinari will not be in production but purely to showcase the Mazda new design styling – Kodo – Soul of Motion.

 

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What’s more, Mitsubishi show-off its plug-in hybrid SUV – PX-MiEV. This vehicle is powered by 70kW/125Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axle.

 

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Suzuki exhibits its Suzuki Swift S-Concept. It is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, the S-Concept has bigger wheel arches, more antagonistic bumpers, a large wing spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

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Subaru revealed their compact SUV concept and presented it as Subaru Impreza XV at the motor show. Do you think this could be the model that will be local assembly in Malaysia by Tan Chong Group?

 

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For the Korean marquee, Hyundai presented a fuel cell electric drive train vehicle – Blue2. The electric motor delivers 90kW of power.

 

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For the German automakers, BMW displayed its concept super car – Vision EfficientDynamics. Basically, it’s a hybrid car with an electric motor and a 3-cylinder turbo-diesel will together produce 241kW of power, and take the car from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.

 

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 Audi presented their e-tron which powered by four electric motors over each wheel with a total of 230kW.

 

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It seems like most of the automakers are firm with the Hybrid or Electric Motors technology besides Mazda. The Swedish Volvo presented its V60 Plug-in hybrid. The drive train features a 150kW/440Nm 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine and a 50kW/200Nm electric motor located at the back and powering the rear wheels. Electric-only range is 50km, fuel consumption is rated at 1.9L/100km and zero to 100km/h can be done in 6.9 seconds.

 

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The Australian automaker, Holden showcased its new 2012 Holden Colorado UTE. Although the production model due on sale in 2012 but the options are expected not be as extreme as the car display at the show. Above and beyond, the production version of its Australian designed Holden Cruze Hatchback is displayed as show-car as well.

 

If you missed out the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show like us, you can now check out the photo gallery below.

 

Photo Gallery: 2011 Melbourne Motor Show 1-10 July 2011

Holden Cruze 5-door Hatchback Under Testing in Melbourne

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Holden announced that the automaker will began testing and fine tuning the Cruze 5-door hatchback in Australia before its introduction later this year. Check out the photos of the new Holden Cruze hatchback that released by Holden. This car was designed by Holden’s design studio in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

 

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The Cruze hatchback concept car was previewed by General Motors in early 2010 under Chevrolet’s badge. The new Holden Cruze hatch will be manufactured at GM’s Port Elizabeth plant in Adelaide, with the first examples expected to reach showrooms in the Q4 -2011.

 

The technical specification will be likely to be similar to the Cruze II sedan range.

 

Photo Gallery: Holden Cruze 5-door hatchback

Revealed of the 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study by J.D. Power and Associates

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The above is the report from J.D. Power and Associates – 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The statistics is work based on Problem per 100 Vehicles in North America.

 

Based on the reliability survey ranks Mini last and it is not surprising us that Porsche is more reliable than Toyota. Frankly, the real Porsche is really solid and durable on the road even with regular track day.

 

Automakers that above Industry average standards in US are like Infiniti (luxury brand of Nissan in US), Saab, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Buick, Acura (luxury brand of Honda in US), Toyota, Porsche, Jaguar, Lexus and Lincoln.

 

Automakers that below industry average standards in US are like Smart, Chevrolet, Volvo, Subaru, Kia, Audi, BMW, Scion (slightly economical brand of Toyota), Ram, Mazda, Nissan, GMC, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Dodge, Land Rover, Jeep and MINI.

 

Cars that below industry average standards that did not surprise us are like BMW, Chevrolet, Land Rover and Kia. But we are doubtful that why Volkswagen and Volvo are under that category. Maybe FastMotoring shall conduct one survey in Malaysia to share with our valued readers.

Shanghai General Motors recalls 232,931 cars in China

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Shanghai General Motors Co. is recalling 232,931 cars that are made in China to fix faulty fuel lines.

 

The defect could cause the fuel pipe to break under extreme conditions, resulting in the engine failing to start, while oil leaks caused by the fault could spark fires.

 

The recall involves 133,074 units of 2-liter and 2.4-litre Regal sedans made between Sept. 18, 2008 and Oct. 14, 2010 and 99,857 units of 2.4-litre LaCrosse sedans made from April 20, 2009 to Oct. 14, 2010.

 

The carmaker was also set to recall 2,806 units of imported Cadillac CTS vehicles in China from March 21 to repair faulty parts, according to an earlier statement by China’s General Administration of Quality Inspection and Quarantine.

HSV Cruze might be using 286hp 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo to fight with Ford Focus RS

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After Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) confirming that they are currently considering the Cruze to work on during the launch of the E3 range. A lot of attention has been focusing on HSV now.


Recently, Go-Auto did an interview with HSV Managing Director Phil Harding, he confirmed that HSV was investigating a performance version of the Cruze.


The Cruze may use the same 213kw (286 hp) 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo engine that intended to use on the upcoming Opel Astra OPC / Vauxhall Astra VRX in late 2011. As both the new Astra and the Cruze are based on GM’s Delta II platform, it would be a comparatively simple job to transplant the engine from one to the other. However, he highlighted that HSV are looking at a couple of options as well.


Besides, the Cruze may also need suspension upgrades and front end modifications to handle the expected FWD torque steer, as its torsion beam rear suspension is not as sophisticated as the independent rear setup on competitors like the Ford Focus RS.


Photo Gallery: Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Show Car