The steady migration downwards of driver assistance systems took a big leap this week with the announcement of Nissan's new Note for Europe which will come with a whole heap of, probably optional but nonetheless available, kit. We took a closer look at this key development.

Little surprise, then, that the alliance with Renault has expanded R&D activities in Silicon Valley.

A US tyre industry executive has sparked an entertaining row over work ethic with the French government and unions. Our own Monsieur le Warburton has been looking at that and wrapped his coverage this week - so far - with this comment piece.

Even though the roads are full of post-snowstorm/flood potholes, the UK government showed its sense of priority - advancing a taxpayer-funded bung to the miniscule number of plug-in EV/hybrid owners so they can have free - or almost full subsidised - home chargers or persuade the local authority to stick up a recharge pole outside.

Honda, meanwhile, has come up with a way of jointing aluminium and steel and Sollers has started contract assembly of Land Cruiser models in Russia; supplementing Toyota's Camrys built in its own factory in St Petersburg.

Things aren't looking too good at Geely-owned Volvo Cars with 1,000 white collar jobs apparently set for the axe by the end of the year.

Finally, we've been doing a bit of analysis of new 'Chinese' brand Qoros - I reckon the logo looks like an economy class in-flight entertainment unit; our Mark Bursa, thankfully, has dug a bit deeper... And we've interviewed a heavy hitter at Delphi.

Have a nice weekend.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor,