Ford’s Australian-based Performance Vehicles operation has unveiled its fastest car to date – the Falcon-based FPV GT R-spec. The rear-drive four-door Ford is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 producing 450bhp and 420lb ft. No official performance figures are available but officials hint at a 4.5sec 0-62mph sprint and a top speed limited to 155mph. Just 350 examples will be built for the Australian market.
The Tushek Renovatio T500 will receive its UK premiere at Salon Privé next month. The lightweight, £241,000 T500 is Slovenia’s first supercar and is capable of reaching 62mph in 3.7sec and hitting 193mph. Power comes from an Audi-sourced 4.2-litre V8 developing 444bhp.
Scania has blocked Saab’s new owners, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), from using the griffin logo. According to Swedish media reports, use of the trademark wasn’t negotiated when the sale of Saab to NEVS was agreed. Scania’s communications boss, Erik Ljungberg describes NEVS’ use of the logo as "non-negotiable". The move is seen as a further setback to re-establish the brand.
The Ssangyong Korando Sports pickup will go on sale in October, it has been announced. Its maker claims it will offer the ride and comfort of a passenger car while offering the flexibility of a double cab pickup. It will be powered by a 153bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 265lb ft and capable of towing up to 2300kg. Ssangyong will announce prices and final specification nearer launch.
Monthly UK car production rose 22.2 per cent in July and increased by 15.1 per cent over the same period last year, according to the SMMT. UK engine production shrunk by 1.9 per cent for the month, but rose fractionally over the year to date. Commercial vehicle production has stabilised; a 1.3 per cent slide in July is an improvement in production since January, which is down 7.7 per cent.