Paul Tan’s Raves and Rants on the Automotive Industry – 10 new articles

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Red Bull extends Mark Webber’s contract for 2011

Amidst all the talk about in-house war, comes news that Mark Webber, who will be free to leave at the end of this season, has officially extended his contract with Red Bull Racing for the 2011 season. Only for a year though, as it seems that both the team and driver are happy with the current arrangement.

#8220;At this stage of my career, I#8217;m happy to take one year at a time,#8221; said Webber in a statement. #8220;The decision to extend for a further year was a mutual one; it#8217;s widely known that I#8217;m not interested in hanging around in Formula 1 just for the sake of it,#8221; the 34-year old Aussie added. With this, he will be again partnering Sebastian Vettel next year, the teammate who collided with him at the Turkish GP .

Team boss Christian Horner is happy with the Webber#8217;s performance. #8220;The decision to retain Mark was very straightforward. He is an important member of our team and is currently in the best form of his career, as the current leader of the drivers#8217; championship. The team is extremely happy that the driver pairing of Mark and Sebastian will remain unchanged for a third season in 2011.#8221;

Now that Webber and Vettel are staying put, it means that there will be two seats less in the F1 game of musical chairs. Before Mark signed, his destination and the man to replace him at Red Bull was much speculated. Webber leads the championship by five points heading to this weekend#8217;s Canadian GP.

This story originally appeared on Paul Tan’s Automotive News on Tue, 08 Jun 10 03:20:26 +0000.

Taiwan’s Luxgen7 SUV offers plenty of gadgets and luxury

Here are more details of Taiwanese brand Luxgen#8217;s second model, the Luxgen7 SUV. A big SUV that has the same footprint as a Porsche Cayenne (4.8m long, 1.93m wide) but taller, the Luxgen SUV has plenty of presence, if not beauty. The fussy front design could have been inspired by the Peugeot 3008 #8211; with the same elements in the same position!

Curiously, the press release makes no mention of the engine, so we presume that under the hood is the 175 bhp/255 Nm 2.2-litre MEFI Turbo engine from their earlier car, the Luxgen7 MPV. The Aisin sourced transmission is a #8220;10-mode#8221; 5-speed automatic with tiptronic. This is combined with the SUV#8217;s 3-mode 4WD system, which shuffles torque between axles on-demand.

Inside you#8217;ll get premium leather seats, airline style head restraints with ventilation, electronic massage, lumbar support, Clarion audio system and JBL speakers. Most noteworthy is the anti-theft driver seat which slides and leans itself to the front to rest against the steering wheel when the driver locks the car, making it harder for thieves. There#8217;s also a powered tailgate.

Also included is a Think+ on-board computer system (developed by HTC) which offers video, audio entertainment, telecommunication, GPS, personal safety and visual assistance systems. The latter consists of Eagle View+ (a 360 degree surveillance system), Side View+ (blind spot monitoring system), lane departure warning and night vision. Safety equipment such as dual airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist are standard.

Side and curtain airbags and ESP are optional.

Prices start from NTD 838,000 (RM86,000) to NTD 1,148,000 (RM118,000) in Taiwan. High res images after the jump.

This story originally appeared on Paul Tan’s Automotive News on Tue, 08 Jun 10 03:20:26 +0000.

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