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Rear-view cameras: In sight?

  • Consumer groups to US: We can’t see you

    Spurred by what they perceived as inaction from the US government to deliver on its promise to require rear-facing cameras or other backup devices on every new car and light truck, consumer protection organisations filed suit on 25 September against the US’s Department of Transportation (DOT). A bill approved in 2008 called for recommendations on standards to come in 2011, but the DOT has extended that deadline twice, saying further study was required. Advocates for the cameras, which warn a driver of obstacles behind the vehicle when backing, argue that there are sufficient learnings to issue the standards immediately. (Photo: Newspress, via Ford Motor)

  • Audi scores 100th Le Mans-class win

    The landmark victory occurred at the new Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas, where an R18 E-tron Quattro diesel hybrid outpaced the field in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It was the third major victory for the trio of Audi pilots – Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish – of 2013, with others at Silverstone in Britain and at the Le Mans 24 Hours in Sarthe, France. Audi has been the dominant name in endurance racing in recent years, with 10 victories at Le Mans since 2000. (Photo: Newspress, via Audi)

  • Chinese upstart Qoros excels in crash test

    The Qoros 3 sedan, built by a Chinese automaker that intends to sell in Europe in 2014, was awarded the maximum rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash-test cycle, earning the overall highest rating of any passenger car to date in 2013. One of the parameters tested was the car’s safety assistance systems – indicators and evasive-action functions intended to help a driver avoid a collision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a US-based non-profit financed by the insurance industry, recently announced it would add a similar test to its regimen. Among Qoros’ European team members is Gert Hildebrand, the former head of design at Mini. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Chrysler files for IPO

    The US automaker, which along with General Motors has staged a remarkable turnaround since declaring bankruptcy during the global financial crisis, filed for a stock offering with the Security and Exchange Commission. If the IPO is approved, it would mark the first time in 15 years that Chrysler stock would be available to purchase by the public. The IPO is fraught with implications for both Fiat Group, which owns nearly 60% of Chrysler, and the workers’ health-care trust that owns the remaining 41%. Above left, Fiat Group scion John Elkann, with Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. (Photo: Newspress)

  • Mitsubishi’s electric SUV gets dirty

    Demonstrating its focus on plug-in vehicles, Mitsubishi ran a pre-production Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV in the Asia Cross Country Rally, a weeklong contest modelled on endurance contests like the Dakar Rally. Through jungle terrain between Thailand and Laos, the Outlander ran trouble-free, according to Mitsubishi, finishing 17th out of a field of 20 otherwise heavily modified diesel trucks – an accomplishment given the vehicle contended with a battery recall earlier this year, leading to a production stoppage. The refreshed Outlander PHEV will be offered in select European markets by October 2013, though initial US deliveries are at least a year away. (Photo: Newspress)