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VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Infiniti Q50 2.0t

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 a...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2014 Peugeot 2008 1.2 VTi 82

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...

ANALYSIS: ZF puts in place a growth strategy

After reaching agreement to purchase TRW, 2015 is shaping up to be the most momentous year in ZF's long history. Colin Whitbread considers t...

ANALYSIS: Mercedes-Benz future model plans

Today's media release from Daimler is official confirmation that the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars division will leverage multiple architectu...


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Panamera 4S 9 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

The name is the same but Porsche's latest Panamera 4S loses its normally aspirated V8 and gains a biturbo V6 that's not only more powerful but 20% more fuel efficient.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air 5 Sep 2014

Glenn Brooks

Keen on the Fiat Panda Cross but don't need rear doors? General Motors Europe hopes you might be tempted by its new Vauxhall Adam Rocks Air, the European A segment's first open-topped three-door crossover.


August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (3) 29 Aug 2014

Sabine Blümel

In the full year 2014, Argentina, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand & Turkey are set to become an even greater drag on global light vehicle markets than in FY13, declining by at 9.1% or 1.1m to 11.13m units. In the previous five years and during the global financial crisis they were key drivers. Sabine Blümel considers the implications for the industry. This third instalment considers Asia (India and Thailand) and Extended Europe (Russia and Turkey).


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Citroën DS4 29 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Five years ago, the idea of Citroën selling more than a few thousand high priced cars each year would have been rightly ridiculed. How things have changed. And will keep changing, due to the many more DS models now under development.


August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (2) 28 Aug 2014

Sabine Blümel

In the full year 2014, Argentina, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand & Turkey are set to become an even greater drag on global light vehicle markets than in FY13, declining by at 9.1% or 1.1m to 11.13m units. In the previous five years and during the global financial crisis they were key drivers. Sabine Blümel considers the implications for the industry. This second instalment looks at South America.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche 911 Targa 4 26 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Porsche continues to expand the 911 range, with the Targa body style having just gone on sale in Britain. Could this be the best looking variant yet?


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Škoda Octavia estate 4x4 22 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

It's well known that the British love estates, one of the reasons why the UK is such an important market for Škoda. Multiple derivatives continue to be added to the Octavia estate range, including several with 4x4 drive.


ANALYSIS: GM gets serious about Cadillac 21 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Despite Cadillac being a serial underachiever outside North America, GM is investing heavily in its one would-be global luxury vehicle division.


August 2014 management briefing: Emerging markets in trouble (1) 20 Aug 2014

Sabine Blümel

In the full year 2014, Argentina, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand & Turkey are set to become an even greater drag on global light vehicle markets than in FY13, declining by at 9.1% or 1.1m to 11.13m units. In the previous five years and during the global financial crisis they were key drivers. Sabine Blümel considers the implications for the industry. This first part is an overview.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT Alhambra 2.0 TDI 19 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Alhambra sales were up 19% worldwide in the first half of 2014, making it SEAT’s second most improved model after the León. This has also given the Palmela plant which builds it some overdue good news.


ANALYSIS: Piston days - Daimler leads steel charge 14 Aug 2014

Calum MacRae

In an automotive era when vehicle lightweighting is all the rage and vehicle manufacturers such as JLR and Ford launching all-aluminium versions of mainstays of their product ranges it seems incongruous that diesel engine pistons are bucking this trend by increasingly moving to steel from aluminium.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo XC70 14 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Volvo’s year on year sales for July were up by 37% in the UK. Much of the reason is an ongoing freshening of its cars. The updates continue, with a model year 2015 XC70 now on sale.


ANALYSIS: BMW - 2Q14 results insight 13 Aug 2014

Sabine Blümel

An accelerating model momentum that includes product renewal and proliferation of the portfolio into an increasing number of new sub-segments has been and continues to be the key driver of the strong earnings growth at the BMW Group.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Range Rover L 11 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

The long wheelbase Range Rover has taken the big 4x4 into GBP100,000-plus territory. Now there’s an even pricier Autobiography Black trim level, as well as model year 2015 changes.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen e-Golf 7 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Will the new plug-in Golf fry the Focus Electric and mulch the Leaf? It’s certainly good enough to become the sales leader in its class.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall VXR8 GTS 5 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

Last year's Vauxhall VXR8 not powerful enough for you? No problem, this year's GTS adds an Eaton supercharger, 150 more horsepower and a perhaps surprising amount of refinement.


ANALYSIS: Volkswagen - 2Q14 results insight 1 Aug 2014

Sabine Blümel

The VW Group that operates eight passenger car brands, three truck brands and one motorcycle brand, reported solid 2Q14 results. Sabine Blümel takes a closer look at the group's passenger car business.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf R 1 Aug 2014

Glenn Brooks

With a zero to 62mph time of just five seconds, this is the fastest Golf yet. But does the 300PS (221kW), four-wheel drive R live up to the hype?


July 2014 management briefing: ASEAN sales fall 11% in H1 30 Jul 2014

Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region's six main markets continued to decline in the second quarter, by 6.7% to 811,461 units, according to data compiled by Tony Pugliese from various industry sources.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian 29 Jul 2014

Glenn Brooks

It might be about to enter its ninth year of production but the L200 pick-up remains competitive and has aided Mitsubishi Motors Europe's 23% year-on-year H1 sales rise.


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