Ford's Australian performance team announces fastest car yet; Saab blocked from using logo; Tushek Renovatio set for UK debut
16 August 2012

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.

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Tushek Renovatio T500

The Renovatio offers something truly unusual in the class and is more predictable and approachable than most cars with their engine amidships

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16 August 2012

 "use of the trademark wasn’t negotiated when the sale of Saab to NEVS was agreed." Can this be true? What species of monkey do they get to handle these huge transactions, I wonder.

17 August 2012

Saab is cold mutton at this point in any event, so one can understand that the rights to the Saab 'Griffin' were retained by Scania, as understandably Scania wouldn't want such logo being denigrated by virtue of being attached to some vehicle equivalent of a Chery or Great Wall.

17 August 2012

Why didn't Scania just go the whole hog and buy the Saab cars name when it was going cheap?

They have production lines and experience in building vehicles - their truck lines are very popular with HGV operators. I'm sure they could knock together a saloon car and shoehorn a decent diesel engine in.

Saab in it's last incarnation were moving away from the round badge anyhow, the last 9-5 had 'SAAB' written across the boot and grille, with the bonnet badge that could easily have not been there.

Problem is from brand recognition, you need a logo for marketing and advertising for familiarity.

Unless they can use a specific font (as per the likes of Microsoft, Dell, Mazda in the 80s), a specific way of shaping the word Saab (eg. Nissan put their name in a 'rising sun') or come up with a new logo, possibly evoking memories of old Saab (Hopefully not as tacky as Roewe which tried to look like the Rover logo with a lion and sword, but something like a blue circle with the name Saab in silver across the middle but no griffin may suffice).

16 August 2012

I dont know why Ford dont import a few Falcons to sit at the top of their range much like Vauxhall do with the Commodore. I am sure there would be a market for these even faster Fast Fords

16 August 2012

probably because next to no one will buy them in the uk much like the VXR8 and more to the point i dont know why Vauxhall have it here in the UK. but a part of me is glad they do Smile

17 August 2012

I don't now why Ford and Vauxhall don't import Falcons and Commodores with a range of engines, from the mad top of the line V8s, but also shoehorn a diesel and smaller petrol in there.

Minimal development costs, an alternative to the fleet buyer and any sale is putting revenue in their pockets and not somebody elses.

The funeral parlours already import Australian Fords.

16 August 2012

I didn't think it was possible to put a Mitsubishi on steroids. (ref Falcon)


16 August 2012

How the hell can anyone go to the trouble expensie and risk of buying Saab, without getting the logo!!!! - Really wonder what lawyers/bankers and whizz kids think with, but it isnt between the ears!

what's life without imagination

17 August 2012

Looks like an Aussie Evo 10 to me,but could be fun.

Peter Cavellini.

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