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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Premium electric SUVs...

Electric powertrain technology comes with a number of drawbacks - mainly surrounding battery performance issues - but it is interesting to s...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: JLR goes large

The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant...

ANALYSIS: Diesel-only risk for new Audi Q7

A plug-in hybrid e-tron is coming in 2016 but Audi UK is about to launch the new Q7 with just one engine: a 272PS 3.0-litre TDI. Will that b...

ANALYSIS: New DS 5 & the future of PSA's new brand

It will soon be 60 years since the Citroën DS was revealed to dropped jaws at the 1955 Paris motor show. Now, PSA has a more subtle desire t...

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Ricardo on future powertrain technology 3 Aug 2015

Calum MacRae

At the opening of Ricardo's new Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC), Calum MacRae sat down to discuss future powertrain developments with Ricardo's Professor Neville S. Jackson who serves as the engineering consultancy's Chief Technology and Innovation Officer.


Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK 23 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.

Latest News

UPDATED IAA debuts list: smart & VW Golf updates 28 Aug 15

Glenn Brooks

Daimler and Volkswagen have announced further motor show world premieres for the 2015 Frankfurt IAA.


APMA urges Ottawa "not to relent" on TPP 26 Aug 15

Simon Warburton

Canada's powerful automotive supplier body, APMA, is urging its government stand firm in the face of intense pressure to ink the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, as criticism grows it forms part of President Barack Obama's wishlist of 'legacy' deals before he vacates office.


Toyota Thailand suspends Prius due to tax dispute 26 Aug 15

Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor said it would suspend Prius production at its Chachoengsao plant in Thailand until a legal dispute with the country’s Ministry of Finance over the vehicle’s import status is resolved.


SMMT hails plug-in grant extension 26 Aug 15

Graeme Roberts

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed Wednesday's (26 August) government announcement of an extension to the taxpayer funded Plug-in Car Grant.


Rumours swirl on new electric car company 21 Aug 15

Dave Leggett

Martin Leach, a consultant who once led Ford's European operations, is reportedly recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer that will be based in California and the US.


Audi to show pure electric SUV concept at IAA 19 Aug 15

Dave Leggett

Audi will show its first purely electric Audi SUV, the e-tron quattro concept, at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The new SUV will be followed by a production ready vehicle scheduled for 2018 ('Q6').

Latest blogs

Are these pics of the next Prius authentic? 7 Jul 15

Glenn Brooks

If these images turn out to be the real deal, then Toyota's design department is getting even braver than usual. Taiwan-based Autonet has just published what appear to be shots of the next Prius and Prius PHEV.


Elon's SpaceX ship goes boom 29 Jun 15

Graeme Roberts

Given the attention Tesla EVs attract, it's easy to forget entrepreneur and founder Elon Musk has fingers in other pies - notably operating space ships. Which can be a bit risky.

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