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ANALYSIS: Hyundai axes Veloster, goes after Toyota

It’s not often that a vehicle is killed off just days after just-auto drives it. The lack of a diesel engine did for the Hyundai Veloster in...

ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 2

Part one of this two-part series concerned the major models the Detroit Three vehicle makers have up their sleeves for 2015. Now we take a l...

Review of 2014 (1)

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers...

ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 1

The NAIAS in mid-January will mark the official start to the next wave of vehicle launches in the US. So what are the major OEMs readying fo...


ANALYSIS: Can Fiat-Chrysler deliver on premium ambitions? 9 Dec 2014

Ray Hutton

Does an eight-fold increase in sales at Maserati presage Fiat-Chrysler as a contender in the premium market? Ray Hutton considers the challenges ahead as part of Sergio Marchionne's bold strategy for growth.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Dacia Duster 9 Dec 2014

Glenn Brooks

You say DAY-see'a, I say DAH-chee'a, others say Datch-ya. The pronunciation hardly matters, and nor does the odd Duster model name when Renault's low-cost brand is doing so well, especially in the UK.


ANALYSIS: Global light vehicle sales edging up, but concerns remain 3 Dec 2014

Dave Leggett

The latest data from LMC Automotive shows that the global light vehicle market, on a seasonally adjusted annualised basis, was running at over 88m units a year in October, a record level. The market is edging to new records, despite economic concerns globally.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTE 2 Dec 2014

Dave Leggett

When it comes to electric vehicles, the science that discharges power from charged up batteries is proving stubborn.


November 2014 management briefing: Supplier industry financial review (2) - M&A and IPO activity 28 Nov 2014

Colin Whitbread

This month's managament briefing reviews the financial position of the global supplier automotive supplier industry. Part 2 highlights recent developments in industry structure, including M&A and IPO activity and corporate restructuring.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Scirocco TDI 150 DSG 28 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Fresh from a mid-cycle update, the VW Scirocco is something of a survivor. While a few new entries such as the Veloster have appeared in its segment, most former rivals have now vanished as buyers continue to switch to crossovers and premium brand coupes.


ANALYSIS: Indonesia's car market cools 26 Nov 2014

Tony Pugliese

Indonesia is an ASEAN market with plenty of growth potential. However, Tony Pugliese notes that it has hit some bumps in the road as fuel prices have soared.


November 2014 management briefing: Supplier industry financial review (1) 25 Nov 2014

Colin Whitbread

Part 1 of this briefing reviews the recent financial results of a sample of major global auto suppliers; Part 2 highlights recent developments in industry structure, including M&A and IPO activity and corporate restructuring.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo V60 Polestar 25 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Yes, it's thirsty but the straight-six under the bonnet of the new V60 Polestar is Volvo's best sounding engine yet. Even better than the sadly short-lived V8. Such a shame then that the turbo 3.0-litre is also for the axe. No chance of a reprieve, Volvo?


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI 21 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

It can't catch the sixth place Qashqai but the recently facelifted VW Polo is now the UK's seventh best seller, ahead of the entire Audi A3 range.


ANALYSIS: Opel-Vauxhall and Buick's shared future 20 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

GM's Europe-based brands are plotting what could be a major reversal of fortunes. It's all about new cars, extra models and an ever-closer alliance with Buick.


ANALYSIS: PLDB Future Models - LA & Guangzhou shows insight 18 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

With Europe's big motor shows of 2014 now gone, it's now time for California (LA, first press day today, November 18) and southern China (Guangzhou) to take the spotlight for new model world premieres. As ever with PLDB, information on these vehicles continues to be added and updated, writes Glenn Brooks.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus NX 300h 14 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

After years in the European wilderness, Lexus now seems set on a steady path of sales expansion. The new NX, a RAV4-sized crossover, is the next step in its plan to become a sports-premium brand.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Kia electrifies its Soul 13 Nov 2014

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors (UK) is taking a softly-softly approach to the launch of its first battery-electric car, targeting just 100-200 sales in 2015 through 13 specialist dealers. It expects to be third in Europe after EV-friendly Norway (1,030) and France (300).


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S1 7 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Given how long Audi has been having success with marketing quattro as a sub-brand, it's surprising how long it took to release a series production small car with all-wheel drive. Was the S1 worth the wait?


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: ADAS camera technologies 5 Nov 2014

Matthew Beecham

Among the major manufacturers pushing back the technical boundaries in the advanced driver assistance (ADAS) arena are TRW and Continental. Matthew Beecham caught up with Rolf Adomat, head of innovation management and ADAS system design at Continental's Chassis & Safety division and Andy Whydell, TRW Electronics’ director of product planning, ADAS to find out more about each supplier’s camera technologies.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf SV (Sportsvan) 4 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

When it first appeared, the Golf Plus seemed to be answering a question no-one was asking. But Volkswagen had seen an opportunity, and around 150,000 were built and sold worldwide in this model's best years. Now comes the replacement, the Sportsvan, or in Britain, the SV.


October 2014 management briefing: India automotive update (2) 31 Oct 2014

Tony Pugliese

India's automotive sector has suffered tougher times lately as the domestic economy has turned down. In this month's management briefing, Tony Pugliese examines the latest developments. This second instalment looks in a little more detail at domestic market trends by marque and exports [includes data tables].


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Corsa 31 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Could this be the car to wrest control of the UK's B-hatchback class away from the Fiesta? With Ford of Europe extending the current model's lifecycle out to eight years, Vauxhall might just get lucky.


October 2014 management briefing: India automotive update (1) 29 Oct 2014

Tony Pugliese

India's automotive sector has suffered tougher times lately as the domestic economy has turned down. In this month's management briefing, Tony Pugliese examines the latest developments, starting with an overview.


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