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Review of 2014 (1)

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers...

ANALYSIS: Future models for North America - Part 1

The NAIAS in mid-January will mark the official start to the next wave of vehicle launches in the US. So what are the major OEMs readying fo...


When it comes to electric vehicles, the science that discharges power from charged up batteries is proving stubborn....


After years in the European wilderness, Lexus now seems set on a steady path of sales expansion. The new NX, a RAV4-sized crossover, is the...

Latest Interviews

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?

INTERVIEW: Dr Sae-Hoon Kim, Hyundai fuel cell R&D 5 Nov 2014

Roger Stansfield

The Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster which followed the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 might inadvertently provide a foot in the door for sales of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles to take off, believes the man in charge of Hyundai-Kia's FCEV research and development, Dr Sae-Hoon Kim.

Latest News

GENEVA 2015 DEBUTS: Audi RS 3 & EDAG Light Cocoon 12 Dec 14

Glenn Brooks

It might not be taking place until 2015 - press preview days are 3 & 4 March - but the first cars to be making their global debuts at the next Geneva motor show have been announced.

Tesla says president has quit, replacement named 12 Dec 14

Graeme Roberts

Tesla Motors' top manager in China is leaving the company.

Singapore to launch electric car sharing 9 Dec 14

Tony Pugliese

Singapore has invited electric car manufacturers worldwide to take part in a trial of a major electric-car sharing scheme scheduled to start in early 2016.

BYD-Daimler launches new Denza EV in China 8 Dec 14

Tony Pugliese

BYD-Daimler New Technology Company has launched its Denza electric vehicle in China, at the inauguration ceremony at the company first dealership in Shenzen.

Daimler tops off li-ion battery plant expansion 2 Dec 14

Graeme Roberts

Daimler is expanding production capacity for lithium-ion batteries and plans to spend another EUR100m on its Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary which supplies lithium-ion batteries for the current Smart Fortwo electric drive and the hybrid Mercedes S-, E- and C-Class. It has delivered over 50,000 battery packs to date.

Toyota's Prius PHEV joins London minicab fleet 2 Dec 14

Graeme Roberts

London minicab company Openstart has ordered 80 Toyota Prius Plug-in cars, making the rechargeable hatchbacks available to private hire operators - which operate under a different set of rules to the traditional London hackney cabs - for the first time through the Public Carriage Office (PCO).

Latest blogs

Four years with a Voltwagen 2 Dec 14

Graeme Roberts

This is one of the more interesting long-term tests I've read in a while as a former sell-side analyst turned technology and auto reviewer in the US reports on four years of life with General Motors' Chevrolet Volt - aka the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.

Battery range estimation innovation 30 Oct 14

Dave Leggett

EV battery range is an interesting area, not least because any discrepancy between claimed range and actual could be pretty significant when margins for error are low and distances travelled are not all that long.

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