1967 Ford XR Falcon: 600hp eco-friendly muscle car
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1967 Ford XR Falcon: 600hp eco-friendly muscle car

A 450kW 1967 Ford XR Falcon with a turbocharged 7.3-litre V8 powerplant is, believe it or not, the world's first elite eco-friendly custom-built muscle car and it will be on display at next month's 2012 Australian international motor show in Sydney. Called ZERO'D, the 'green' machine is based on a 45-year-old Ford XR Falcon but employs a recycled 7...


Nissan: Government support vital to EV success
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Nissan: Government support vital to EV success

Nissan’s global product planning chief says government support is the key to the successful introduction of electric vehicles and admits the take-up of cars like the Nissan Leaf in Australia will be hampered without any significant state or federal contribution...


Toyota finds alternative to rare earth metals for hybrids: report
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Toyota finds alternative to rare earth metals for hybrids: report

Toyota has reportedly developed a way to produce its hybrid and electric vehicles without using scarce and expensive rare earth metals. Japan’s Kyodo News reports Toyota – the world’s largest manufacturer of hybrid vehicles – could have the technology ready for full-scale production within two years...


Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of 2012 Detroit motor show
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Toyota NS4 plug-in hybrid concept teased ahead of 2012 Detroit motor show

Toyota has joined its luxury off-shoot Lexus in teasing images of a concept vehicle to be shown at January’s 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Japanese brand has revealed a picture of a contemporary-looking, LED-laden headlight that it says belongs to an “advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle” it is calling the NS4...


Ford Australia teams with Geocycle to recycle paint sludge
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Ford Australia teams with Geocycle to recycle paint sludge

Ford Australia is making its vehicle production process more environmentally friendly by recycling its waste paint sludge.   The paint sludge from Ford’s Broadmeadows plant is being used by Dandenong-based waste specialist Geocycle, which uses the sludge as an alternative source of fuel in its cement making process...


Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017: report
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Land Rover Defender to soldier on until 2017: report

Current Land Rover Defender production is set to continue until 2017, a recent Autocar report says, proving there could be more legs in the rough and rugged SUV yet. One of the hurdles the current Land Rover Defender faces, like every new model vehicle that comes out, is whether or not it can pass ever-tightening emissions regulations...