New Huracán pre-orders top 700; two million Priuses recalled; Caterham boss leaves; no VW Passat R; new Arash; Fiat 500L Beats Edition
12 February 2014

More than 700 pre-orders have been taken for the new Lamborghini Huracán on a month-long tour showing the Gallardo successor to potential owners. The Huracán is powered by a 600bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine and will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

Toyota is recalling third-generation Prius models built between 2009 and 2014 to correct a potential powertrain fault. A component in the car's transmission may overheat, resulting in reduced power. Only 11 instances of failure have been reported out of two million Priuses worldwide, causing no accidents.

Caterham Group cars boss Riad Asmat has stepped down. Asmat joined Caterham as part of the firm's F1 team in 2009, and is leaving to "seek new challenges".

Volkswagen has ruled out a hot R-badged version of the next Passat. Bosses within the firm have said the new Passat will be "more exclusive and refined; it won't lend itself to [R division] purposes". The new MQB-based Passat is expected to be revealed at the Paris motor show in September.

British sports car firm Arash has previewed a new supercar that will launch at the end of this month. The new model will have a top speed of 200mph, and could be powered by the same 7.0-litre V8 engine from its previous hypercar, the AF-10.

Fiat's new 500L Beats Edition gets new paintwork, chunkier styling and 17-inch alloy wheels. The new special edition, created with Beats by Dr Dre, also features a signficantly upgraded stereo package and new interior trim. The model goes on sale in March, powered by a range of two petrol and two diesel engines.

Mercedes-Benz will expand its factories in the US to cope with demand once the new CLA saloon enters production in 2018. Company officials have admitted the brand is "short of capacity", with plans already in motion to expand its build sites in America, including a new factory to produce the GLA SUV. 

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12 February 2014
just what every melon-farmin' self-respectin' rapper needs to be seen in. "Straight Outta Compton"...? Compton Verney, that is, fo'shizzle. Desperate.

12 February 2014
May I ask,is there any model that Toyota have not recalled?.

13 February 2014
If indeed there are only nine instances of failure, instigating a recall might actually do more harm than good. Just think, that's two million return trips to dealers (with the potential to have accidents and create unnecessary CO2 emissions!) plus the possibility that the "fix" might possibly introduce a more serious fault. Consider if this was a Porsche or Jaguar say and a 1 in 200,000 cars fault would probably not even be detected because of the much smaller numbers of cars involved. I think these days manufacturers - and especially Toyota - err on the side of recalls because of the possible legal implications ignoring any defect.

13 February 2014
If indeed there are only nine instances of failure, instigating a recall might actually do more harm than good. Just think, that's two million return trips to dealers (with the potential to have accidents and create unnecessary CO2 emissions!) plus the possibility that the "fix" might introduce a more serious fault. Consider if this was a Porsche or Jaguar say and a 1 in 200,000 cars fault would probably not even be detected because of the much smaller numbers of cars involved. I think these days manufacturers - and especially Toyota - err on the side of recalls because of the possible legal implications ignoring any defect.

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