AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, executive motoring briefs
Nov 13, 2012 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
MERCEDES BENZ TO LAUNCH SLS AMG COUPE BLACK SERIES IN JUNE 2013: Mercedes Benz have released details of the new SLS AMG Coupe Black Series, setting June 2013 as the new model's launch date. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version, the new SLS AMG is the fifth model in Black Series from Mercedes-AMG. The SLS AMG Coupe Black Series is equipped with a 6.3-litre V8 engine that outputs 631bhp at 7400 rpm (635 Nm at 5500 rpm) which propels it from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 315 km/h.
MAZDA TO BUILD SUBCOMPACT CARS FOR TOYOTA: Toyota Motor Corp has signed auto production accord with Mazda Motor Corp where Mazda will make cars for Toyota destined for the North American market at its plant in Mexico, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Under the deal, Mazda will divide about a quarter of its annual capacity at the new plant for production of sub-compact Toyota-brand vehicles. Mazda will start producing Toyota-brand cars at a pace of about 50,000 vehicles per year at the plant from the summer of 2015. The new model will be based on its Mazda2 subcompact.
CHRYSLER RECALLS 745,000 JEEPS OVER FAULTY AIRBAGS: US carmaker Chrysler has recalled around 745,000 Jeep sports utility vehicles because of a problem that could cause airbags to inflate inadvertently, AFP has reported. Affected vehicles include certain 2002 and 2003 model Jeep Liberty vehicles and 2002 to 2004 model Jeep Grand Cherokees, the company said. "A component in the air bag control module may fail causing the front airbags, side curtain airbags, and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated," Chrysler said. This "may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash," it noted.
INVESTMENT DAR SEEKING BUYERS FOR ASTON MARTIN STAKE: Kuwait's Investment Dar Co, Aston Martin's controlling shareholder, has approached potential buyers for the UK-based maker of luxury sports cars, Bloomberg has reported, citing five people with knowledge of the matter. The company, which owns 64 percent of Aston Martin, has hired Rothschild to advise on the sale, said one of the people. A sale has proven difficult because investors haven't been willing to match the price the Kuwaiti owner paid five years ago, said two of the people. Investment Dar has sought about $800m for its stake, one person said. Toyota Motor Corp hired an auditor to conduct a one-week study on buying a stake in Aston Martin, according to a person familiar with the matter. However, a representative at Investment Dar, who asked not to be named, denied the company is seeking to sell Aston Martin.
FERRARI MIDEAST SALES RISE 10 percent: Ferrari has said it has sold 274 units in the Middle East as the Italian sports car maker reported a 10 percent rise in revenue over the last nine months, Gulf Daily News has reported. The number of cars delivered to dealership networks amounted to 5,267, marking a 6 percent increase from the same period last year. "These results confirm Ferrari's excellent performance in practically all of the 60 nations in which it is present despite the continuing economic climate," said chairman Luca di Montezemolo.
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