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Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditiona...
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 13 Oct 2014
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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 29 May 2015
Harman says it has completed its acquisition of Bang & Olufsen's automotive audio business.
| 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.
| 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).
| 1 May 2015
Aston Martin has said that it has secured GBP200m of additional funding from its major shareholders for a product expansion.
| 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.
| 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.
| 28 Jan 2015
Aston Martin has the backing of a major shareholder for a revamp of its model line-up, according to media reports.
| 14 Jan 2015
Aston Martin has announced that Michael Mingshan Peng is its new China market chief.
| 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.
| 22 Dec 2014
Aston Martin Lagonda has recalled 7,256 vehicles in the US due to a seat heater issue, ConsumerAffairs reported.
| 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.
| 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.
| 6 Aug 2014
Daimler will acquire an additional 1% stake in Aston Martin, increasing its total holding in the company to 5%.
| 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".
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 6 Feb 2014
British luxury sportscar maker Aston Martin is recalling 17,590 vehicles after a Chinese lower tier supplier that moulds throttle pedals was alleged to have used counterfeit plastic.
| 31 Jan 2014
Daimler is open to broadening cooperation with partners Renault and Nissan to include other automakers and car segments - and to new projects with EV maker Tesla Motors, CEO Dieter Zetsche has said.
| 7 Jan 2014
A local authority in Warwickshire, in England's West Midlands, has scaled back plans for a new town in the Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath area because it would have interfered with expansion aspirations of Gaydon based Jaguar Land Rover, according to local media reports.
| 19 Dec 2013
Daimler is to take a stake of up to 5% in Aston Martin as part of a technical tie-up between the British sports car maker and AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz.
| 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.
| 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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