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COMMENT: Volkswagen's Piech got a lot right

Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet another bo...

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle seating

Car seats are becoming lighter by as much as 50 percent. This paradox is achieved through novel designs’ using new materials, foams and asse...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: What's a Waku Waku tailgate?

We put Tata Motors' Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque under the microscope this past week, asking how long the model, just mid-life facelifted...

ANALYSIS: VW & Toyota losing the SUV race in China

The Chinese vehicle market might not be surging but sales of crossovers and SUVs certainly are, registrations rising by 54% (YoY) in March....

PRODUCT EYE: Subaru Impreza

Thanks to a greatly improved yen-sterling exchange rate, Subaru's UK importer is now bringing in the Impreza once more. It might be a little...

Toyota's plant and product engineering revamp

Toyota has had its fair share of problems to contend with in recent years. However, there are now signs that the company is raising its glob...


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo BlueGT & Polo GTI 22 Apr 15

A facelift, more power for the GTI and a new engine which, in the BlueGT, runs on four or two cylinders are some of the highlights of the latest Volkswagen Polo range.


April 2015 management briefing (2): General Motors' OnStar Europe 'gamechanger' 21 Apr 15

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month's management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this instalment, Cat Dow runs the rule over GM's plans to launch its OnStar telematics service in Europe in October 2015.

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Top Auto News

Daimler Q1 net profit surges 89%

Graeme Roberts | 28 Apr 15

Daimler said it booked record levels of unit sales and revenue and significantly increased earnings in the first quarter of 2015.


Honda 2015/6 forecast weak after tough year

Graeme Roberts | 28 Apr 15

Honda Motor said operating income for its fiscal fourth quarter to 31 March, 2015 fell 32.3% to to JPY111.9bn due to cost rises "including quality-related expenses" and a decline in automobile unit sales in Japan.


Piech ploy over Winterkorn fail, VW chairman quits

Graeme Roberts | 27 Apr 15

Ferdinand Piech has resigned, with immediate effect, as chairman of the Volkswagen supervisory board, the automaker announced in a stark statement on Saturday.

Recent News - (Updated: 11:18am 28 Apr 2015)

Volvo engines now all in-house

Renault adds 100 jobs at Cleon plant

Toyota unveils last local Camry

Tenneco’s net income up 16.67% in Q1/2015

Perodua sales jump 30% in Q1

Honda's revamped Civic line with added Sport

Asian rubber producers look to hike prices

SUV/crossover invasion hits other Brazil segments?

Latest Auto Interviews

April 2015 management briefing: Vehicle connectivity technologies (1) 10 Apr 15

Cat Dow

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month's management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this first instalment, Cat Dow speaks with Volvo Car's Petter Hörling about its priorities in the connected car area.


Q&A with TMD Friction 8 Apr 15

Matthew Beecham

TMD Friction is a major manufacturer of brake products for the automotive industry, producing one million brake friction products per day. Matthew Beecham talked with TMD Friction’s Director Strategic Planning & Marketing OE, Dirk Brieke about trends in the brake friction market, its copper-free high performance brake pads and CV-Light Plate for commercial vehicles.


Q&A with Convergent Science: CFD in vehicle development 7 Apr 15

Matthew Beecham

The rise of computer processing power together with the introduction of so called ‘supercomputers’ have enabled computational fluid dynamics (CFD) - the prediction of fluid flows using mathematical modelling - to become increasingly relevant and effective in road vehicle development. Matthew Beecham spoke to Rob Kaczmarek, director of marketing at Convergent Science about the role of CFD in vehicle development.

Automotive Blog

Now that's how to do 'autonomous car'

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 15

Here's a really heart-warming story about how some of the technology currently being used to develop autonomous cars was used to really make a former racing driver's day.


Citroen CX & C6 become flying cars

Glenn Brooks | 22 Apr 15

An artist has created a series of photographs depicting hovering vehicles, each based on a former production model.


Range Rover Evoque's Chinese clone

Dave Leggett | 21 Apr 15

Jiangling brand Landwind is causing waves at Shanghai with its X7 SUV that bears a very strong resemblance to Land Rover's hugely successful Range Rover Evoque.

Hot Automotive Issues

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

Mexico is attracting a wave of investment from OEMs attracted to its position as a low-cost NAFTA supplier to the US as well as its favourable trading arrangements with Latin American markets to the south. Ford and Toyota are the latest OEMs to announce significant new Mexico investments.

Russian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble falls

Soaring inflation, sky-high interest rates, a depreciating Rouble and a 50% drop in oil prices have seen unprecedented economic headwinds batter Russia. But despite that backdrop, domestic OEMs and suppliers saw genuine opportunity at the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow. We've grouped all the coverage here.

Geneva 2015

If it's March, it's the Geneva show

Russia's automotive sector facing crisis

Russia's automotive market and manufacturing industry is facing major difficulties this year as Russia's economy reels under the impact of collapsed oil prices and sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis. The falling car market is facing accelerated decline as car prices rise on a weak currency amid ebbing consumer and business confidence. And there is little immediate sign of improvement to the underlying causes of Russia's current malaise.

Auto Market Research

The US Hybrid Vehicles Market Outlook to 2018 - Government S

The US Hybrid Vehicles Market Outlook to 2018 - Government Strategy and Cost Effective Hybrids to Escalate Demand

The report titled “The US Hybrid Vehicles Market Outlook to 2018 - Government Strategy and Cost Effective Hybrids to Escalate Demand” presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by volume sales and market segmentation by plug-in and full/mild hybrids; by states and metropolitan areas... Read more

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LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates - Latest Monthly Update

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