More safety kit available for Lexus IS; workers to receive pay cut request from Holden; 30-millionth Golf built
14 June 2013

The Lexus IS can now be specified with an Advanced Technology Pack. The option, which costs £1540, is available on both the IS250 and IS300h in Premier trim. It includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist, automatic head beam and Lexus’s Pre-Crash Safety system. The latter alerts the driver, tensions the seatbelts and activates the brakes should a collision be imminent.

Holden is poised to ask factory workers to take a pay cut of up to $200 (£120) a week to avoid the firm shutting its manufacturing operations in Australia. The government opposition have issued a threat to cut AUS$500m (£307m) from industry funding if they win the federal election in September. Holden is already finalising 500 redundancies.

The 30 millionth Volkswagen Golf has rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg. The landmark sets a new record for the most successful European car ever built. The car will be on display for employees at the plant during this Saturday’s open day.

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17 June 2013

The latter alerts the driver, tensions the seatbelts and activates the brakes should a collision be imminent

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