Motoring in brief: Still life in the market as car sales surge on
NEW-CAR sales are still storming ahead of last year -- which was, of course, a disaster. The Motorcheck.ie figures show that sales have now hit 48,667 -- up 45pc on the 33,453 sold over the same period last year.
Anecdotal evidence suggests there is still life in the market with scrappage schemes in many guises continuing to attract buyers.
It's also interesting that used car imports are down 31pc (14,548) over that period as well. That is seen as a reflection of the home market now being more competitively priced after a massive realignment over the past 18 months to two years.
Opel begins tests on first hybrid car
OPEL has just built its first Ampera electric/petrol motor.
The pre-production model was made on the Chevrolet Volt production line at GM's assembly plant in Warren, Michigan, and will be used for testing.
Similar to the Volt in that it can travel as far as 56km on purely electric driving before a small displacement petrol engine/generator kicks in, it is pencilled in for sale in Europe by the end of next year.
Ferrari's record at famous racetrack
The Ferrari 599XXX recently set a new lap record at the famous German Nurburgring racetrack.
Ferrari says it is the first production-derived sportscar to break the seven minute barrier at the 20.8km Nordschleife circuit.
The 599XXX completed the lap in just six minutes and 58.16 seconds.
MG Zero in on new supermini
MG's concept of their future supermini has been unveiled.
It is being called the MG Zero, was designed and engineered in the UK, and will aim at taking on the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, etc.