Go back to the enewsletter Crown Towers Perth has

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCrown Towers Perth has set the benchmark in luxurious experiences since launching on 1 December 2016, so it’s no surprise that to celebrate its first birthday, the hotel group has taken this to the next level – and added a unique twist.On 1 December, Perth’s premier destination hotel showcased the ultimate luxury leisure destination in a ‘Live-in Luxury Art Installation’ taking place inside its lobby.As part of the installation, the hotel group plucked an unsuspecting couple off the streets of Perth to deliver the ultimate money can’t buy experience for them – all taking place inside a live art installation that had them enjoy the very best experiences Crown Towers has to offer in real-time.For the voyeur in all of us, passersby and other hotel guests were able to witness the couple in situ living and sleeping in the lobby, enjoying everything from champagne to luxurious caviar spa treatments, five-star dining and the most decadent cocktails right through to being tucked up in bed with a hot chocolate.In its first year alone the hotel has popped over 31,000 bottles of champagne and shucked almost 46,000 oysters, and has set a new benchmark in luxury accommodation not only in WA but in Australia. In its first 12 months of operation, Crown Towers has won over 10 awards at several of Australia’s best hospitality and tourism awards.According to executive general manager Crown Perth Hotels, Andrew Cairns, the installation was a fun, quirky way to bring to life what sets Crown Towers apart as a hotel brand – its unparalleled luxury and experiences.“Crown Towers is known the world over as the pinnacle of luxury. We’ve had a great first year here in Perth and have been amazed at how much the city has embraced and fallen in love with it,” Cairns said. “Crown Towers Perth has truly redefined the standard for high-end accommodation in market and what better way to celebrate that than by bringing to life some of those experiences in a fun way.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Ford under criminal investigation in US over auto emissions

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first_img As the crisis escalates… Read more Support The Guardian Topics Pollution Share via Email Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent Ford Carmaker becomes latest firm to face scrutiny by authorities over pollution tests Ford … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Reuse this content Shares6464 This article is more than 2 months old Share on LinkedIn The focus of thinvestigation appears to be whether Ford accurately assessed the “road load”, or drag and resistance, of its vehicles, and its “coast down” testing, when a vehicle stops once power is no longer applied.The modelling can significantly alter the certified emissions: a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation in 2016 found that in every model it analysed manufacturers were underplaying road load figures and subsequent carbon emissions by an average of 7%.Even if the discrepancy is far lower than from defeat devices, Ford could be fined. It said: “Because this matter is still in the preliminary stages, we cannot predict the outcome and we cannot provide assurance that it will not have a material adverse effect on us.”Mercedes and its parent company Daimler remain under investigation in the US by the DoJ and EPA for possible defeat devices in Mercedes diesel vehicles, in a process that has lasted nearly three years.Lawyers have filed a class action on behalf of Mercedes car owners in the US courts, claiming that vehicles marketed as eco-friendly were instead significantly exceeding pollution limits. The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into Ford’s emissions certification process.Ford said on Friday it was fully cooperating with government agencies, as it became the latest car manufacturer to be investigated over emissions.However, Ford said the concerns did not involve the use of defeat devices – the cheat software used to deliberately lower emissions during official tests, which were at the heart of the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal in 2015.According to a regulatory filing by Ford, the company voluntarily disclosed what it called a “potential concern” to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California’s Air Resources Board two months ago. Ford said in February it had hired external experts to check its testing procedures after its employees raised concerns. How green are electric cars? Share on Twitter The EPA said earlier this month that more legal actions against car manufacturers were “in the works”. In January, Fiat Chrysler reached an $800m settlement with the US government and California to resolve claims of defeat devices in its vehicles.Independent, real-world emissions tests have shown that diesel cars from virtually all manufacturers significantly exceeded official NOx pollution limits.VW admitted installing defeat devices to game the testing system in 11m cars it produced. In the US, It has agreed to pay more than $25bn in fines, compensation and buyback settlements with owners. Motoring (Money) Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars Ford under criminal investigation in US over auto emissions Share via Email Motoring (Technology) Automotive industry This article is more than 2 months old Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Ford said the concerns did not involve the use of defeat devices.Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA Fri 26 Apr 2019 12.34 EDT Share on Facebook news Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk Last modified on Fri 26 Apr 2019 13.30 EDT Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp @GwynTopham Share on Messengerlast_img read more