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COMMENT: Apple weighs a BIG decision

Apple is a very, very powerful brand. It is also a very, very big company with a market capitalisation of over $700bn ($740bn when I just ch...

Management briefing: 48V mild hybrids (1)

Moving to a 48V architecture in hybrid and electric vehicles offers plenty of promise. It provides about four times the energy recuperation...

COMMENT: Toyota's shrewd hydrogen patents giveaway

Toyota recently announced that it will freely share - 'open source' - almost 6,000 patents it owns covering hydrogen fuel-cell technology. D...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

At 2,350kg, it's easily the weightiest variant of the newly facelifted range. Somehow, though, the PHEV Cayenne is Porsche's most officially...

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Carl Bayliss, head of Infiniti UK 5 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

Carl Bayliss recently returned to his homeland after a decade in Hong Kong. He is the new country manager for Infiniti UK, responsible for all business activities including Sales, Marketing and Network Development.

INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe 24 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Russia, Lexus' number one market in its European region, might be down, but UK sales are up strongly. On balance then, 2014 has been a good year, according to the brand's Head of Europe. Next, he promises more hybrids but no diesels. Why?

Latest News

Geneva show list updated 27 Feb 15

Glenn Brooks

The media preview days of the 2015 Geneva motor show are Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March. Here follows the latest list of vehicle and concept world premieres.

GENEVA DEBUTS: 450km range for electric Audi R8 26 Feb 15

Glenn Brooks

Audi says its R8 e-tron 2.0, a pure electric supercar, will have a range of up to 450km (280 miles). The car is making its world premiere at the Geneva motor show as a prototype, alongside the second generation R8 V10.

GENEVA DEBUTS: Audi Q7 e-tron to be a diesel PHEV 25 Feb 15

Glenn Brooks

Audi has revealed the first details of the diesel-electric plug-in powertrain that will be used in the Q7 e-tron.

Toyota I-Road to start Tokyo trial 25 Feb 15

Dave Leggett

The Toyota i-Road micro-mobility vehicle is to enter a new car-sharing programme in central Tokyo in April. The electric three-wheeled vehicle is already being trialled as part of a co-ordinated public transport scheme (the i-Road providing 'last mile mobility') in Grenoble, France and has also been trialled in Toyota City.

BASF and Toda Kogyo establish JV 25 Feb 15

Dave Leggett

BASF and Toda Kogyo formally established 'BASF Toda Battery Materials' with the closing of their joint venture agreement announced in October 2014. The new company will provide cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in Japan.

Ricardo unveils new prototype electric motor 24 Feb 15

Simon Warburton

Ricardo has unveiled its new electric vehicle motor in prototype form as part of a collaborative research and development project RapidSR - Rapid Design and Development of a Switched Reluctance Traction Motor.

Latest blogs

Watch the Toyota Mirai being made 24 Feb 15

Glenn Brooks

Here's a chance to see details of Toyota's Mirai fuel cell car being manufactured at its Motomachi plant in Japan.

EVs' dark side: Two sides of the coin for electric vehicles 23 Dec 14

Dave Leggett

There's a useful reminder in a recent study of the two sides of the coin that come with 'zero-emission vehicles'.

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