30th March 2011

Mazda financial exec gets No. 2 post in America

Mazda Motor Corp. named financial specialist Akira Koga its new No. 2 executive in North America, replacing Keishi Egawa who returns to Japan. Koga, 49, will be executive vice president of Mazda Motor of America Inc. starting Friday, April 1.

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30th March 2011

Dean Abbey was the IMCA SportMod feature winner at Kennedale Speedway Park

Dean Abbey was the IMCA SportMod feature winner.

By Don Cook
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Kennedale Speedway Park (Kennedale)
March 26 (Saturday)

Dean Abbey, #26, from Haslet, was the IMCA SportMods feature winner at Kennedale Speedway Park Saturday night. Brad Shirley, #00, was second and  Gary Underwood, #991, was third.

Keith White was the IMCA Modifieds feature winner.

Academy’s Keith White, #1, was the Modifieds feature winner. Jeremy Willis, #010, was second and Matt Winnett, #999, was third.

To view a video of the Modifieds and Limited Modifieds racing action, click below:

Keith White was the IMCA IStocks feature winner.

Current points leader Keith White, #1, was the IMCA IStocks feature winner. Duain Pritchett, #22, was second and Daniel Parker, #03, was third.

In the IMCA Hobby Stocks feature, Allen Montgomery, #38, was the feature winner. Gene Hadley, #2, was second and Kyle Harrison, #62, was third.

Demetrius Carter, #44, from Alvarado, was the Street Stocks feature winner. David Redmon, was second and Casey Fielding, #19, was third.

To view a video of the IMCA IStocks, IMCA Hobby Stocks, and the Street Stocks features, click below:

Be sure and check out the KSP Pre Race Show at 6:30 with racinwithneal.com

To view some photos of the race cars from Saturday 19click on the slideshow below:



 

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30th March 2011

News & Rants: MotherProof.com Reviews the 2011 Audi Q5

Looking for a compact SUV that’s not your typical family hauler? The 2011 Audi Q5 could fit the bill, according to MotherProof.com reviewer Sara Lacey. This luxurious SUV has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine to make running errands fun, and its good looks will get it noticed in the carpool lane. While this car is a good fit for families with older kids, its small cargo area could be too tight for young families who need to haul large strollers and other necessities. 

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30th March 2011

“Prototype” Chrysler Store Under Attack

Every state in the union has its own laws regarding a manufacturer’s ability to sell cars, with some states banning the practice outright and others merely preventing OEMs from competing with their own dealer networks. California falls into this latter category, as the California New Motor Vehicle Board bans manufacturers from owning dealerships within ten miles of other same-make independently owned stores. But that apparently did not stop Chrysler from opening a dealership in Los Angeles which, according to a petition filed by the California New Car Dealers Association, is within ten miles of not one, but three independent Chrysler stores.

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29th March 2011

Italy: More Indictments in Photo Radar Scandal

Italy’s financial police, the Guardia di Finanza, announced in Brescia last week the indictment of five individuals suspected of a 13 million euro (US $18 million) scheme involving tax fraud and rigged speed cameras. Diego Barosi, 60, the head of the Garda Segnale Srl photo enforcement firm would bid on municipal automated ticketing machine contracts against shell companies run by his co-conspirators. They would ensure that Garda ended up landing the lucrative deal.

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29th March 2011

The colour merry-go-round




Ford’s new gold has been seen before on Antipodean GM cars in the 70s


Interesting report from Ford of Europe on what colours buyers of the blue oval’s vehicles prefer, according to market.

In about 50 years’ interest in the autobiz, I’ve seen lots of colours come and go, around. VW’s pastel shades for the Beetle, later picked up the Fiat 500, another revival of a famous old model, come immediately to mind.

Please spare us the browns, bright greens and lurid purples of the 70s (anyone remember BL/Leyland Australia’s ‘bold as brass’ yellow?) but some colours can do Groundhog Day.

The recent Ford Focus UK launch had cars in a lustrous deep red and a yellowish (some reckoned greenish) gold. I’ve see the latter before more or less, around 1973, on Vauxhalls and Holdens built from CKD kits by General Motors New Zealand.

But we are told brown is making a comeback. “…a small but growing number of buyers are choosing brown, copper and other earth tones, albeit in fashion, interior furniture, and now automotive, and have been revived with exciting interior to exterior combinations”, the automaker said.

I’ve seen some nice new copper shades; it’ll be interesting to see brown reinvented at Ford; Nissan already does something close on some UK-built models.

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