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Australian Airforce Set to Convert Luxury Corporate Jets Into State-of-the-art Spy-planes

Posted: January 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Airforce Set to Convert Luxury Corporate Jets Into State-of-the-art Spy-planes

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is spending more than $90 million to convert luxury corporate jets into state-of-the-art spy planes. GRILLED has learnt that the high-tech surveillance aircraft are due to come into service at the end of 2017. A statement posted on the US Defense Department website confirms the project.

“L-3 Communications Mission Integration, Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $93,632,287 firm-fixed price undefinitized contract action task order (1648) for Australia Government G550 aircraft procurement and maintenance. Work will be performed at Greenville, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2017. This contract is 100-percent foreign military sales to Australia. The 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8620-11-G-4025)” the statement read :: Read the full article »»»»


Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush

Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled, Renault | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush

Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine StoushFrench auto-giant Renault has said it is reviewing all its Formula One options, including quitting the sport or buying the Toro Rosso team, after stinging criticism of its engine.

The car maker has been at loggerheads with main partners Red Bull since Mercedes decisively ran-away with the season opening Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.

Despite signs of improvement in Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul did not pull any punches when asked at a news conference about the situation.

Renault supplies power units to former champions Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso, its only remaining clients after Caterham folded and Lotus switched to Mercedes :: Read the full article »»»»


World Solar Challenge Won by Dutch Team

Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Eco Driver | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on World Solar Challenge Won by Dutch Team

Dutch team celebrates win

The World Solar Challenge has been won by the Dutch team in their superquick Nuna7, their solar powered car crossed the finish line more 100 kilometres ahead of closest rival Japan.

Hindmarsh Square was the scene of  jubilant celebrations as the Dutch team, Nuon, cruised into the centre of Adelaide for the trophy presentation after completing the 3,000 kilometre road journey from the top ends capital, Darwin.

It marked the fifth win in the event for the team, who have now competed seven World Solar Challenges, the team will lead a victory parade through the streets of Adelaide on Sunday October 13.

The race was close right up until veteran Japanese team Tokai, lost its battle with cloudy skies closing in on the finish line, while Tokai was stuck on the side of the road with a flat battery, Nuon powered on passed to take line honours :: Read the full article »»»»


Fords $AU100 Million Dollar Government Gift Equates to 400 LOST JOBS

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Ford, General Motors | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fords $AU100 Million Dollar Government Gift Equates to 400 LOST JOBS

Ford Celebrates Launch of 2012 Ford FocusIn January this year we wrote – The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local – as sales of Australian made large cars – GM Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – dramatically dropped the auto makers stood in line for serious government financial assistance. GM’s Commodore 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011.

In May we questioned the validety of Australian Government subsidies granted to the nations 2 big auto makers – General Motors & Ford – The Cost of Keeping General Motors ‘Holden’ Local, And asking the question: So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? At the time, the Australian Government answered the question by handing General Motors Holden more than $AU275 Million to help keep auto manufacturing in Australia.

Ford Australia in the last few days has shockingly announced the loss of 440 jobs in it’s Victorian plants.

In the case of Ford, the Australian Government granted the company $AU103 million in subsidies with the promise of  plant – Geelong – upgrades and the longevity of Fords large sedan the Ford Falcon. Right about now the Federal Government, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard must be wondering if they’d simply thrown good money after bad, with Ford announcing that it will shed 440 jobs? :: Read the full article »»»»


Ooops :: Rolls Royce Recall

Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Rolls-Royce | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Ooops :: Rolls Royce Recall

Ooops - Rolls Royce RecallRolls Royce, the symbol of wealth, prestige and the preferred motor vehicle of the British Royal family, has taken a hit after issuing a major recall. Only a handful of cars are affected in Australia, the recall effects 36 Rolls-Royce Ghost sedans, sold in Australia between 2009 – 2011 as well as 74 Phantoms sold between 2003 and 2009 .

Though the number of vehicles being recalled is small, it’s the luxury brand’s image that will  see the most damage. In a recent promotional video for the next version of the Rolls Royce Phantom, company chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos describes his customers as extremely discerning :: Read the full article »»»»


MUST HAVE! Papillionaire Classic Sports

Posted: March 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Must Have! | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on MUST HAVE! Papillionaire Classic Sports

MUST HAVE Papillionaire Classic Sports

The Papillionaire Classic is a delicious combination of clean lines and stylish curvature. No longer must the racers amongst us hem their pant legs in socks. The Papillionare Classic sports upside-down North Road handlebars for a natural gripping position, and a deep frame and optional toe clips for more aggressive riding. Read the full article »»»»


AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Ford, General Motors, Grilled, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Sales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011.

AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local - Cruze Hatch Production

So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!?

Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Read the full article »»»»