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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Range Rover Evoque Brazil build

We'll permit ourselves a small 'told you so' this week after Jaguar Land Rover finally confirmed it would build the Range Rover Evoque in Br...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The self-parking Beemer

It would appear our new Research Snapshots have gone down a treat with our readers, judging by the popularity of our review of door innovati...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The self-parking Beemer

Graeme Roberts | 12 Jun 2015

It would appear our new Research Snapshots have gone down a treat with our readers, judging by the popularity of our review of door innovations this week.

COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK

Glenn Brooks | 7 May 2015

Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditional second place to Volkswagen.

ANALYSIS: UK supplier industry perks up

Dave Leggett | 19 Mar 2015

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Hobnobbing with the A-listers

Graeme Roberts | 27 Feb 2015

A highlight for the Z-list 'trade site' peasant this week was - courtesy of right place, right time - to sup down at the A-listers' table on the international first drive event for Volvo's superb new XC90.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Ford CEO Alan Mulally

Dave Leggett | 28 May 2014

Alan Mulally's tenure as Ford's CEO has seen the company evolve in line with his vision of 'One Ford'. He also successfully guided Ford through recession and has generally been lauded by investors. He passes the reins over to Mark Fields in July. Dave Leggett caught up with him on the London leg of his Ford circuit farewell tour of Europe.

Q&A with Zircotec: Energy recovery systems in F1

Matthew Beecham | 3 Apr 2014

This year marks a step change in the F1 regulations. A raft of aero and powertrain rules are set to create a more efficient race car with more direct links to road car technologies. V8s, used since 2006, will be replaced by all new 1.6 litre turbo charged V6. Engines are now also referred to as ‘power units’ thanks to the increased hybrid nature of their power generation. As track testing of this new ‘turbo’ and what some describe as an ‘energy efficient’ era, one supplier to the F1 teams talks about the impact of the rules on its business and how it is responding to the challenges. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to Terry Graham, managing director of Zircotec, a supplier of thermal management products and heat protective coatings.

Latest News

Aston Martin to finalise factory location by Xmas

Graeme Roberts | 11 Nov 2015

Aston Martin plans to reach a decision before Christmas on the location of a new factory that will manufacture its new crossover.

Aston Martin narrows down new plant options

Graeme Roberts | 14 Oct 2015

Aston Martin has narrowed down options for a new plant location, its CEO has said.

Key Safety Systems starts carbon fibre production

Simon Warburton | 1 Sep 2015

Key Safety Systems (KSS), says it has started production in a new carbon fibre trim factory at Valle Hermoso, Mexico.

Aston Martin opens new logistics facility

Dave Leggett | 12 Aug 2015

Aston Martin has announced the opening of a new warehouse and logistics hub in the UK. Created to support the future expansion of the business, the new facility is located at Wellesbourne, close to the company's headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Aston Martin CEO wants "brand reinvention"

Dave Leggett | 10 Jun 2015

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has told an industry conference that the company is targeting a growing class of luxury consumers in emerging markets and that he believes it can reinvent itself as a sustainable luxury brand.

Harman completes Bang & Olufsen auto business buy

Simon Warburton | 29 May 2015

Harman says it has completed its acquisition of Bang & Olufsen's automotive audio business.

London coming back on motor show circuit

Chris Wright | 28 May 2015

London is to return to the motor show circuit next year with an open air event in Battersea Park, next to the River Thames, run by a privately owned events organisation.

FCA becomes partner of The Football League

Dave Leggett | 22 May 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK has agreed a new official car partnership with The Football League in the UK (where it serves as the second competitive tier and club organisation after the Premier League).

Aston Martin secures funding for DBX crossover

Dave Leggett | 1 May 2015

Aston Martin has said that it has secured GBP200m of additional funding from its major shareholders for a product expansion.

UK: Aston Martin to reveal future models strategy

Glenn Brooks | 25 Feb 2015

As well as officially launching the Vulcan, a mid-engined track-only supercar, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer will lay out the firm's future strategy at next week's Geneva motor show.

China exports increase seven-fold

Graeme Roberts | 19 Feb 2015

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said UK exports of cars to China increased five-fold in 2014 compared with 2009, driven by premium brands.

Aston Martin has backing for product revamp

Dave Leggett | 28 Jan 2015

Aston Martin has the backing of a major shareholder for a revamp of its model line-up, according to media reports.

Aston Martin appoints new China head

Dave Leggett | 14 Jan 2015

Aston Martin has announced that Michael Mingshan Peng is its new China market chief.

Engines and emerging markets attract auto execs

Graeme Roberts | 6 Jan 2015

Global automotive executives are prioritising near term market issues, such as optimising engines and entering emerging markets, over investing in self driving cars and other innovations, according to KPMG’s global automotive executive survey 2015.

AML recalls 7,256 US vehicles for seat heat check

Graeme Roberts | 22 Dec 2014

Aston Martin Lagonda has recalled 7,256 vehicles in the US due to a seat heater issue, ConsumerAffairs reported.

Faurecia looks to carbon fibre cost reduction: CEO

Simon Warburton | 6 Oct 2014

Faurecia says it is seeking ways to slash the price of carbon fibre as it looks to the increasing use of composite materials and natural products to offer lightweight solutions for mass market models.

BMW's Roland Krüger to head Infiniti

Graeme Roberts | 10 Sep 2014

BMW's current German sales region chief Roland Krüger has been named president of Infiniti and SVP of parent company Nissan Motor.

Daimler increases stake in Aston Martin to 5%

Graeme Roberts | 6 Aug 2014

Daimler will acquire an additional 1% stake in Aston Martin, increasing its total holding in the company to 5%.

Aston Martin expanding plant and adding jobs

Graeme Roberts | 29 May 2014

Luxury sportscar maker Aston Martin announced that work was under way on what it described as "one of the most significant and exciting developments at the factory and global HQ for several years, as the business prepares to grow substantially its manufacturing facilities and workforce".

Magna Steyr contract assembles 1m units for BMW

Graeme Roberts | 7 May 2014

Magna Steyr said it had now assembled 1,000,000 BMW and Mini vehicles under contract to the BMW Group in Graz, Austria, since 2003.

Aston Martin talking to M-Benz on SUV - FT

Dave Leggett | 1 Apr 2014

A report in the Financial Times newspaper says that Aston Martin is in discussion with Mercedes-Benz over technical assistance for the development of an Aston Martin SUV.

Aston Martin secures US$165m to develop new models

Graeme Roberts | 27 Mar 2014

Aston Martin has reportedly secured US$165m in funding to develop a new range of cars, a move considered positive for a company that has lost market share in recent times.

Latest blogs

Aston Martin DBC concept

Glenn Brooks | 5 Sep 2013

No, it's not a preview of a new supercar, but it ought to be. I've just discovered the website of a budding car designer and his Aston, Ferrari and Cadillac renderings are worth a look.

Kiwi man makes Aston Martin with 3D printer

Glenn Brooks | 8 Aug 2013

I know what you're thinking. But it's not just-auto's news ed who's the NZer in question. The website which reports on this clever chap's project to make a DB4 replica reckons it will cost him the equivalent of about US$1,800.

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