CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co began shipping its locally-made EcoSport compact SUV on Monday, hoping to share in growing demand in India for mini-sport utility vehicles, which are popular due to heavy traffic, scarce parking and bumpy roads.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's military will not allow violence during protests against President Mohamed Mursi that his opponents have planned for June 30, the first anniversary of the Islamist leader's election, a state newspaper said on Saturday. "Security forces from the armed forces and the military police will deploy on all main roads" on June 28 "to secure vital installations and public facilities", Al Gomhuria said, quoting a military source. ...
Filed under: Sedan, GM, Holden, Australia As General Motors prepares to launch a refreshed 2014 Chevrolet Malibu in the US, the current, year-old version of the car will go on sale in Australia as the Holden Malibu. Rather than just making it right-hand drive and putting new badges on the Malibu for Aussie duty, Holden engineers worked on the sedan's drivetrain and suspension to give it a tuning unique to that market. It seems like one of the biggest challenges was getting the Holden Malibu to drive smoothly on Australian roads, and GM's crew Down Under accomplished this by retuning the suspension's damping calibration, as well as giving the car proper right-hand-drive tires. Yes, apparently tires designed for a left-hand-drive car would cause the Malibu to pull "excessively to the left," according to GM's press release. Engine choices for the Holden Malibu are the 2.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter diesel I4. Scroll down for the official press blast.Continue reading Holden launches tuned, pre-facelifted Malibu in AustraliaHolden launches tuned, pre-facelifted Malibu in Australia originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Filed under: Videos, Toys/Games After bringing you news of the new Ubisoft title The Crew on the first day of our E3 coverage, we're happy to report that we've had a chance to demo the title, too. The guys at Ivory Tower (a French studio under the auspices of Ubisoft) were kind enough to give us a brief walk-through with the game, followed by our running one "mission." The whole United States will be playable when the game launches next year. To start, the sheer scope of the open-world in The Crew is hugely impressive. We can now report that the whole of the United States will be playable when the game launches for both next-generation systems next year. You read that right. Guillaume Barry, a producer at Ivory Tower, told us that driving at full-tilt in a racecar from Los Angeles to New York would take roughly 45 minutes to an hour, depending, we suppose, on how good a driver you are. Now, we don't know exactly how densely mapped The Crew's version of the US will be, or how many cities and towns will be available to start, but the game world stacks up to be super impressive, nevertheless. Game play feels a lot like a mix between a very well done arcade style racer, and a mission-based title like Grand Theft Auto. Cars and trucks are constructed for different styles of driving and terrain, and goals are presented as you progress. We built ourselves an off-road-ready Ford Focus ST in our demo mission, and were asked to "take down" some joker driving through Miami in a crazily tuned Hummer H2. The cityscape, roads and beaches around this virtual Miami were completely open to drive over and through, with jumps, flips and crashes resulting from too much speed and too little care on unstable bits. It's a riot, with car handling more subtle than GTA and less detailed than any of the big racing sims. If the universe created by The Crew shows impressive use of Xbox One and PS4 hardware, the vehicle modeling is slightly less artful than some of the other new titles we sampled here in LA. Cars and environments looked slick in this pre-alpha version of the game, but not in the same league as arcade-style foe Need For Speed Rivals, for instance, and not quite as impressive as the game's launch trailer would have you believe. One final note: The Crew is going to offer some really neat functionality for your tablet and/or smartphone when it launches. During our demo we were able to seamlessly make modifications to the car we were driving in-game, with the iPad app, using the same 'garage' menu and graphics that are found in the game. Full parameters for mobile interaction aren't fully baked yet, but we're told that social interactions, notifications out to your smartphone and a whole lot more are in the works. Scroll down below to watch the trailer.Continue reading E3: We play The Crew demo and take down a Hummer [w/video]E3: We play The Crew demo and take down a Hummer [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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