Friday morning car news roundup, December 19, 2014

Today is Friday

  • BRAZIL: Fleet may top 106m vehicles in 20 years – Just-auto: A study by auto industry lobby group Anfavea on the evolution of the Brazilian market for the next 20 years, presented at a recent Harvard Business School (HBS) seminar in São Paulo, attracted considerable interest from companies eyeing the local market.
  • US: Federal-Mogul develops battery shield – Just-auto: Federal-Mogul Powertrain says it has developed a new product, Protexx-Shield 3007, which protects batteries from high engine compartment temperatures that would otherwise shorten battery life.
  • Nissan CEO says suspending some Russia car orders in ‘bloodbath’ for automakers – Reuters:  Japan’s Nissan Motor Co and French partner Renault SA have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble’s plunge continues, alliance Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday.
  • Porsche 718 ‘baby Boxster’ project cancelled – Autocar: Porsche’s R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz confirms development has stopped of a £35,000 entry-level roadster The Porsche 718 ‘baby Boxster’ project will not happen, according to the firm’s head of research and development Wolfgang Hatz.. . Expected to cost around £35,000 and to be powered by a new family of four-cylinder engines, the baby Boxster has long been tipped as a way to increase Porsche’s sales volumes. The Porsche 718 name was rumoured as an acknowledgement to the firm’s racing history.. .
  • SWEDEN: Volvo to show connected car-cyclist technology at CES – Just-auto: In what the partners say is “a ground-breaking collaboration”, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at the International CES in Las Vegas (6-9 January 2015).
  • Video: Porsche Cayenne S Diesel driven – Autocar: Steve Sutcliffe drives the new £61,474, 380bhp Cayenne S Diesel Has Porsche’s performance SUV finally come of age? Steve Sutcliffe asks whether the £61,474, 380bhp Cayenne S Diesel should have rivals like Land Rover worried.Read the full first drive review here.