September 29th, 2011
Auto mover News : Six new jobs were created, and much more could be added later, Owen Sound MacLean Engineering plant after the company signed a contract to design and manufacture of transport vehicles Ontario Power Generation. Manufacturing is alive and well in Owen Sound. Six engineers have been hired to design the new GEN4 dry storage container vehicle, which will be used to transport fuel rods at a nuclear power plant in Ontario.
The contract with OPG is for one transport vehicle, but Griffiths said there is an option to build a second. Neither MacLean Engineering nor OPG would disclose the value of the contract. Company is excited, on a strategic level to have won the contract with OPG for a new product line. The company hopes to find other applications for the vehicle, to expand production.
MacLean Engineering, based in Collingwood, manufactures municipal vehicles and accessories and units associated mining to select parts of the vehicle and the mining company at its plant in Owen Sound. MacLean Engineering employs 96 people in Owen Sound and 450 companywide. The vehicle is about 7.3 meters long, five meters high, and five meters wide and weighs 35 tones. It will be able to carry loads of up to 80 tones. MacLean Engineering’s new contract is good news, given the closure of two major employers in Owen Sound in recent months.
September 22nd, 2011
Automover News: Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) has recorded its best-ever August sales result. Hyundai finished in fifth position overall with 7,417 sales achieving a market share of 8.4%. The sales result saw an increase of +13.1% August 2011 v. August 2010 in a total market which was up +7.3% over the same period.
In passenger car sales, HMCA ranked fourth for the month, and fourth YTD with 5,481vehicles sold and a market share of 11.3%. The multi-award winning i20 placed third in the light car segment with its best-ever sales result since launch of 1,163 vehicle sales and a market share of 10.4%.
The new Accent hatch and sedan models arrived in August, alongside the i20 hatch and i30 range, the new Accent offers consumers a range of solutions to their motoring needs in the smaller car market.
Hyundai Motor America (HMA) has announced an August sales figure of 58,505 vehicles, an increase of +9.1% August 2011 v. August 2010. Sales are up +21.3% August YTD versus the same period a year earlier.
Hyundai Motor Company has seen an overall increase in global sales of +5.1% rising from 292,491 in August 2010 to 307,320 in August 2011. Domestic sales also increased by +4% (August 2011 v. August 2010) with 51,322 units sold compared to 49,362 for the same period last year.
September 15th, 2011
Automover News: Volvo is one of the best car companies with boxy-but-safe sedans and wagons. If things go as Volvo management plans, they may soon be known as the safe green car manufacturer. First up is a switch to four-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines throughout their lineup. Volvo killed off the V-8 in 2010, but emphasized the use of five- and six-cylinder engines at a time when other automakers were paring back to four-cylinders. Volvo’s new Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) strategy is to use four-cylinder common rail diesel and gasoline direct injection engines throughout their product line, a move that Volvo insists will continue to meet customer expectations of the brand.
In fact, Volvo is claiming that the move to a more modern four-cylinder engine will, in some cases, increase both performance and fuel economy. The new engines will share as many common parts as possible, a move that Volvo expects to reduce engine-part inventory by as much as 60 percent. The new drive trains will be lighter, too, in some cases up to 198 pounds lighter than current six-cylinder drive trains. Fuel economy will grow by as much as 35 percent.
The common-parts idea will be carried over to Volvo’s platforms as well; thanks to something Volvo is calling Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). By using a single, modular platform to build everything from the C30 hatchback up to the S80 sedan, a single production line can be used to build every vehicle in Volvo’s lineup. The SPA architecture will allow future vehicles to be as much as 330 pounds lighter than their current equivalents, with improved weight distribution and the possibility of introducing electrification into the Volvo drive train.
September 8th, 2011
Automover News: The Company boasts a most comprehensive and affordable all green fleet of rental vehicles at affordable prices. Located in Venice, California, they make it easy and convenient to rent a car as a driver coming from LAX airport. As the leading provider of hybrid car rentals in the area, MPG is progressive, has a great reputation for being the best rental car company in Los Angeles, and has great customer service and an unmatched selection of environmentally friendly automobiles.
The new 2012 Fisker Karma will be gracing the car lots of MPG Car Rental in LA soon, and MPG will be among the first car rental companies to be offering the luxury sedan. Fisker Automotive says the Fisker Karma has an unheard of fuel consumption of 100 miles per gallon, making filling the tank something drivers won’t have to very often at all. The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan which was first debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2008. It is the first car from Fisker Automotive, which is a new automaker located in Anaheim, California as of September 5, 2007. The selling price for the 2012 Fisker Karmas is anywhere from $95,900 for the basic model to $109,850 for the top of the line model.
MPG Car Rental is extremely excited to be offering to rent out the Fisker Karma, but it won’t be able until mid-October. An employee at MPG stated that the store has been on a waiting list for 10-11 months now. We are really excited to get the Fisker because we will be the only car rental company in LA that will have it available to rent. We expect a lot of people to be interested in renting the car. I read that Leonardo DiCaprio was driving one. This will be a nice high end car for customers to rent when they’re in town.
September 2nd, 2011
Automover News: Volkswagen Australia has initiated an all-new addition to their highly successful Caddy line-up of vans and people movers called the Caddy 4MOTION. 4Motion is for all-wheel drive and its standard fit on both the Caddy Maxi Life and Caddy Maxi Van model variants. Car Advice was at the Australian launch of the vehicle this week, which included a test drive program from Albury/Wodonga to Falls Creek and back. First up was the Caddy Maxi Life. Its full model description is the TDI320 Caddy Maxi Life Comfort line 4MOTION. It might have started out in life as a compact commercial van, but in this guise, it’s a highly accomplished seven-seat people mover with a crazy amount of space and impeccable road manners.
Despite the total absence of any soft touch materials there’s a premium feel to the cockpit of the Caddy, which also extends across to the stripped out Maxi Van. It’s a combination of all-black plastics that are nicely patterned and a highly functional console and switchgear layout, including the oversize air conditioning vents and a thick-rimmed three-spoke sports-style steering wheel donated from the Golf. The fabric-upholstered seats (from the Volkswagen Polo) are superbly comfortable, even after a few hours behind the wheel. There’s plenty of side bolster too, which keeps your torso firmly in place so as you can properly enjoy the unusually good on road dynamics the Caddy Maxi Life is blessed with.
The second-row seats maintain a similar level of passenger comfort and are split-fold, while the third row is a bench seat set-up but does fold flat. In fact, if you want to use your Caddy Life 4Motion for house moving runs or trips to the local tip , all rear seats fold dead flat for easy high capacity loading. But if that’s not enough, you can easily remove the rear seats completely (row-by-row) for a Maxi Van-like load capacity. Most people movers in this segment lose much of their luggage capacity with all three seat rows in the upright position, but that’s where the Caddy Life is the standout vehicle. Not only is the aperture of the tailgate completely unencumbered for both width and height, allowing for dishwashers, washing machines and dryers to slide right in, but also there is a tone of space behind the third row.
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life TDI320 4MOTION 2.0-litre common-rail direct-injection turbo-diesel six-speed DSG (Direct Shift gearbox), 103kW/320Nm: $45,490 (Manufacturer’s List Price).
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Van TDI320 4MOTION 2.0-litre common-rail direct-injection turbo-diesel six-speed DSG (Direct Shift gearbox), 103kW/320Nm: $36,490 (Manufacturer’s List Price).