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Living large: Kia America HQ reflects size of market with big campus adjacent to San Diego freeway in Irvine, Orange CountyUS: Kia Motors America - a "bit player" with ambition 22 Jul 14

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors America may be marking 20 years in the US this year but, despite 535,179 sales in 2013 (down 4% on 2012), the recent hit of 5m cumultative, half year 2014 volume up 7.2% to 297,413 and around 765 dealers in all 50 states, still insists its main mission is "awareness" and that the brand is "still a bit player".


25 years of TDI: the Audi 100 2.5 TDI from 1989 and the latest study Audi RS 5 TDI conceptANALYSIS: TDI technology at the core of Audi's powertrain strategy 21 Jul 14

Calum MacRae

High-tech TDI engines that provide economy and performance sit at the heart of the Audi brand's values and technological DNA. As Audi marks a quarter century since it debuted TDI, Calum MacRae takes a look at Audi's strategy to develop TDI powertrain technology further to meet tighter future CO2 emission targets and the need for still higher efficiency from internal combustion engines.


"We already have a good relationship with Matt Hancock" - SMMT on new Business MinisterCOMMENT: No political football for new Business Minister 21 Jul 14

Simon Warburton

Much like supporting a football team, just when you think it's all going swimmingly and your club's in for a period of stability - and hopefully success - bang - the rug is pulled from underneath.


How would you like your Kia cooked sir? Hot weather testing includes whole cars as well as parts, Cable feeds data to computers from sensors. Solar power reduces energy costsTHE WEEK THAT WAS: Roasting in Kia's Mojave oven 18 Jul 14

Graeme Roberts

Memo to self - be a little less facetious. Put 'off on a desert safari' in my Skype status to explain my absence and was greeted on return with 'how was your vacation?' from several who had apparently envisaged Sheikh Roberts wafting gently across the Sahara on a camel. Nope, I was in the Mojave, being (willingly) baked alive by Kia.


IsnANALYSIS: Swallowing Fiat-Chrysler 'would be bad for Volkswagen' - analyst 18 Jul 14

Dave Leggett

Equities analyst Sabine Blümel has told just-auto that Volkswagen may be interested in parts of Fiat-Chrysler, as rumoured, but would have to be careful to avoid potential problems with such an acquisition.


PHEV looks much like a regular Volvo V60 till you spot the recharge port flapVEHICLE ANALYSIS: Driving the Swedish nanny state 17 Jul 14

Graeme Roberts

Been lying awake at night wondering how plug-in cars are doing in Europe? Me, neither, but, having now evaluated a few - Vauxhall Ampera [aka Chevy Volt], Toyota Prius, Volvo V60 with the Mitsubishi Outlander and BMW i3 REX to come - I figured it was time to take a look. Cue the expert number crunchers at UK-based JATO Dynamics.


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