Archive for April 22nd, 2009

Clarkson: A powersports fanatic

April 22, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson, one-third of the presenting team for the top-rated BBC television show Top Gear, was spotted this week atop a Yamaha Waverunner VX110 while on vacation in Barbados.
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As the pictures attest to, the 49-year-old appeared to have enjoyed piloting the 110hp four-stroke PWC as much as driving a 510hp Lamborghini Gallardo.

Last September, photographers spotted the presenter, who often derides motorcyclists, astride a Piaggio scooter near his home in Oxfordshire. Click here to read what Clarkson had to say about his buzz around town on the scoot.

Honda, Yuasa Venture Begins Construction

April 22, 2009

Blue Energy Co. Ltd., a new joint venture company between Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and GS Yuasa Corporation, today held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction of its plant in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan.
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Blue Energy is a joint venture to specialize in the R&D, manufacturing and sale of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles, including automobiles and motorcycles.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by approximately 100 dignitaries and guests, including Keiji Yamada, the governor of Kyoto prefecture and Masaji Matsuyama, the mayor of Fukuchiyama city, as well as Makoto Yoda, president and CEO of GS Yuasa Corporation, Takeo Fukui, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., and Masahiko Oshitani, president and CEO of Blue Energy Co. Ltd.

Learn more about the Honda/Yuasa joint venture by clicking onto Dealernews.com here and here.