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VW stands back to let Seat and Skoda shine

27 September 2016 | Ray Hutton

Not so long ago, in the London Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson chose his 10 ‘stinkers’ - the worst cars sold in the UK. With his tongue even more firmly in his cheek than usual, he described the Seat Leon as ‘a nondescript waste of metal’ and the Skoda Superb as having ‘the same amount of soul as a fridge freezer’.

Driving the 570PS & 176mph Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

26 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been in production for more than six years now so to keep the Cayenne range competitive against newer, lighter SUVs, Porsche’s solution is to add power and torque. The latest Turbo S is the result.

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Mobileye v Tesla

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The spat between Tesla and Mobileye resurfaced again this week and was the most-read news item. Mobileye reiterated it had expressed safety concerns to Tesla regarding the use of autopilot hands-free and Tesla had confirmed that activation of autopilot would be "hands on". Despite this confirmation, autopilot was rolled out in late 2015 with a "hands-free" activation mode. Mobileye had made substantial efforts since then to take more control on how this project could be steered to a proper functional safety system, it said in a statement. Subsequently, after some to-and-fro the relationship between the two ended. That was just one of several automated driving articles we had this week.

Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.

Latest interviews

Design and engineering drivers for Honda’s new NSX

10 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Honda Vehicle engineering leader Jason Bilotta talks about new technology applications and the design principles for the new Honda NSX

Volvo Cars' Eugensson on strategy – Interview

16 June 2016 | Chris Wright

When Volvo announced its 20/20 vision in 2008 - that no one would be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars by the year 2020 - autonomous cars and connectivity were virtually nowhere on the automotive agenda.

Latest news

Jeep launches new 'global' Compass in Brazil

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Jeep has started production of the redesigned Compass at FCA’s Brazil assembly plant in Goiana, Pernambuco and introduced the new model there.

Is VW scandal spreading to Audi? Reportedly so

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Following the departure of development chief Stefan Knirsch, Audi's chief's role in the VW group's emissions scandal is still being probed, according to media reports.

Audi says tech development chief "stepping down"

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

As heralded by earlier media reports, Audi's technical chief has 'stepped down' from his board level post with immediate effect.

More German car trim production moving to Romania

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automotive company Ningbo HuaXiang Electronic and Hib Rolem Trim, a German-Romanian automotive producer, have signed an agreement to develop a US$30m factory in Brasov, Romania.

BorgWarner supplies timing gear to FCA

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner said it was supplying an advanced engine timing system for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) new aluminium two-litre petrol engine.

Toyota Europe hybrid sales up 45%

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) said it was seeing a sharp increase in its existing hybrid sales so far this year: up 45% versus 2015 which was already a record year. It launches three new models at the Paris show.

US mulls size of VW fine

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The US Justice Department is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen AG over emissions-cheating without putting the automaker out of business, according to Bloomberg sources.

Mercedes expands parts infrastructure in India

27 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has opened what it says is the largest parts warehouse in the luxury car industry and also setting up the company’s largest retail training academy in South Asia, christened as the 'Mercedes-Benz Academy'.

Audi, Ballard, boost fuel cell cooperation

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ballard Power Systems said Audi had issued purchase orders to Ballard to accelerate key development activities under the current long-term technology solutions programme that Volkswagen Group has with Ballard.

McLaren launches EV

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

McLaren Automotive, whose stated aim is the development of a pure electric vehicle for its Ultimate series, has jumped the gun but, as they say, terms and conditions apply.

Renault-Nissan partners Microsoft on connectivity

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on "next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide".

Hyundai union stages first full strike in 12 years

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor's South Korean labour union staged its first full nationwide strike in 12 years on Monday (26 September) over stalled wage talks, putting the automaker's earnings and sales targets at risk, media reports said.

PSA looks to 1,000-fold increase in 3D technology

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says personalisation of future models will be enhanced by the use of techniques such as 3D printing, whose influence will increase a thousand-fold by 2020 at the automaker.

GM adds Opel diesel to Chevy Equinox line

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors is widening its range of diesel-powered light vehicles in the US with news that the redesigned Chevrolet 2018 Equinox compact SUV will have a 1.6-litre Opel turbodiesel option as well as 1.5- and two-litre petrol motors. The company also offers diesels in its Cruze compact car and Colorado small truck lines.

Hyundai eyes Genesis brand entry to China

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor is planning to launch its standalone premium Genesis brand in China within two to three years, according to remarks reportedly made by the brand’s head.

GM Canada union ratifies new agreement

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Unifor members working at General Motors facilities in Oshawa, St Catharines and Woodstock have ratified an agreement that secures investment in all three factoriesies, converts 700 "precarious" jobs and offers wage improvements, the Canadian auto workers' union said in a statement.

FCA Australia settles spat with former executive

26 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A legal battle between Jeep's Australian unit  and former executives reportedly ended after a last-minute settlement.

Constellium supplies body sheets to Peugeot 3008

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Constellium is to supply aluminium crash management systems and automotive body sheets for the new Peugeot 3008, which will be unveiled at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show.

Lexus concept features hologram displays

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Lexus UX Concept, making its world debut at the Paris show, presents a vision for imaginative, forward-thinking technologies that will provide vehicle occupants with a fully immersive experience.

Stamping plant problems shut down VW Golf build

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has halted production of the Golf hatchback at its core Wolfsburg factory for three days because of technical problems at a stamping plant.

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