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Management briefing: India automotive update (1)

India's automotive sector has suffered tougher times lately as the domestic economy has turned down. In this month's management briefing, To...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Maserati Ghibli diesel

How might Maserati attain its worldwide sales goal of 75,000 cars a year by 2018? By adding new models and offering more diesels. To judge b...

ANALYSIS: Q1-Q3 ASEAN sales down 11%

ASEAN's new vehicle market continued to decline in the third quarter of 2014, with sales in the region's six main markets combined falling b...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mitsubishi's top-selling PHEV

Ping goes the inbox. A welcome new email comes from our colleagues at JATO Dynamics with the latest eight-month YTD European PHEV sales data...


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Peugeot RCZ R 21 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Audi, or Peugeot? No contest. But what if the question is instead TT or RCZ R? Trickier. It would be ironic if PSA's cost cutting means this beautiful coupe won't have a replacement as the RCZ is already a successful, high-priced Peugeot.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Kia Sportage 17 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Kia has just enjoyed its best September yet in Britain, with 13,292 cars delivered. And the top model? The Sportage, which is selling better than ever in recently updated form.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Bentley Continental GT V8 S 14 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

The current Continental GT has been on the market since early 2011 but Bentley continues to expand and update the range. A great excuse for just-auto to try the latest V8 S coupe.


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 2) 13 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 1) 13 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford Mondeo redesigned for 2015 10 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

Over three generations since 1993, Ford has sold over 1.4m Mondeos in the UK alone and the car is a staple of the D-segment 'user chooser' fleet driver. With the new model for 2015, redesigned bumper to bumper, the UK sales company is tweaking its approach.


ANALYSIS: Genk 'rightsize' decision was 'right thing' - Ford 10 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

The elephant in the room at the European media launch event for Ford's new Mondeo was clearly the closure of the Genk factory in Belgium, until now the source of the automaker's key D-segment contender.


ANALYSIS: Johnson Controls institutes new controls to measure effectiveness of its R&D 7 Oct 2014

Calum MacRae

Measuring the effectiveness of a company's R&D and innovation processes can be as difficult as quantum mechanics, writes Calum MacRae.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford EcoSport 7 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Back in the 2000s, Ford do Brasil's EcoSport was one of the first B-SUVs to make it big in South America. Now, the second generation model has arrived in Europe.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Honda Civic Tourer 3 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Honda might be struggling with overall sales across Europe but there's no doubting the excellence of many of its cars. The latest Civic Tourer 1.8 i-VTEC proves that point.


PRODUCT PEEP: Family, meet (BMW's i3) REX 2 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

Would, I had been wondering, a dinky little range extender electric, otherwise known as BMW's new i3 REX, make a family car? Discuss.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: BMW i8 30 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

If you like being looked at, you will love the i8. It turns the heads of seemingly everyone who sees you on the road, and even more so in carparks. To drive, it’s like no other supercar - BMW has created something very special.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Renault Twingo 25 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

The name remains but in every other way, Renault’s Twingo is truly all-new. This is also the first model to use Edison, a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive joint venture platform developed with Daimler. The days of spinning the back tyres on small cars have suddenly returned.


ANALYSIS: Jaguar's XE spearheads new industrial strategy 23 Sep 2014

Dave Leggett

If you make executive or luxury cars, you're helped by theoretically naturally higher margins than brands in the volume segments can achieve.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 23 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

Known as the Prado in Asia-Pacific, Toyota Motor Europe's Land Cruiser is the second biggest SUV sold in this region. It's not cheap, but its 4x4 abilities are immense and the build quality and finish are Lexus-like.


September 2014 management briefing: Paris show preview 22 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

The 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile opens to the press in early October. This month's Management Briefing offers a preview of the likely main new models, with a round up of the highlights to follow later next month.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Infiniti Q50 2.0t 19 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

There was already a choice of V6 petrol hybrid or four-cylinder diesel power for Infiniti Europe's Q50. Now, Nissan's upscale division has added a second Mercedes-supplied engine.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2014 Peugeot 2008 1.2 VTi 82 17 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

PSA built the 100,000th Peugeot 2008 after just nine months of production at the Mulhouse plant in France. Now, a night shift has just been added (15 September) to keep up with demand. What's driving this success?


ANALYSIS: ZF/TRW: 'Motion and Mobility' meets 'Cognitive Safety' 16 Sep 2014

Colin Whitbread

After reaching agreement to purchase TRW, 2015 is shaping up to be the most momentous year in ZF's long history. Colin Whitbread considers the implications of the latest developments.


ANALYSIS: Mercedes’ multi-model architecture future 11 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

Today's media release from Daimler is official confirmation that the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division will leverage multiple architectures for its future models. But what will those vehicles be, and where will they be built?


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