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VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda CX-5 & future CUVs

Updated for 2015, the latest Euro 6-compliant Mazda6 has also had a mid-life facelift. A policy of short life cycles for major models is one...

COMMENT: BMW & Mercedes battle over self parking

With Daimler's head of R&D confirming that next year's W213 E-Class will be able to park itself, Mercedes-Benz seems keen to undermine BMW's...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Leon X-Perience & SEAT SE376

The Leon range continues to be SEAT's salvation, its multiple bodystyles successfully tempting ever more buyers to switch to the Spanish bra...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Auris adds small engine

Toyota has added a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine to its revised Auris model. The company says the new four-cylinder direct injection...

Latest Interviews

Williams CEO eyes consultancy business expansion 20 May 2015

Guest author

Mike O'Driscoll, Group CEO of Williams, leads a brand that is well known for its motorsports activity and Formula One participation. However, the firm is now eyeing more consultancy business and looking further afield for opportunities. Ian Adcock caught up with him to hear more.


Briefing: Vehicle connectivity technologies (1) 10 Apr 2015

Cat Dow

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month's management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this first instalment, Cat Dow speaks with Volvo Car's Petter Hörling about its priorities in the connected car area.

Latest News

BYD confirms London electric double decker trial 1 Jul 15

Graeme Roberts

Chinese electric bus specialist BYD has now been confirmed as the maker of what is claimed to be the world's first pure electric zero emission double decker which London mayor Boris Johnson announced at a summit in the capital yesterday (30 June).


New diesel with 'Thermo Swing Wall Insulation' 30 Jun 15

Chris Wright

Toyota’s new 2.8-litre D-4D turbodiesel engine, launching in Europe in the Land Cruiser this summer, has a new design and technology to achieve much higher fuel efficiency, lower emissions and quieter operation.


Honda teases new seven seat crossover for Asia 30 Jun 15

Graeme Roberts

PT Honda Prospect Motor has released first sketches of the BR-V Prototype which will make its world debut at the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015 in August.


Toyota/BMW sportscar JV progressing to plan 30 Jun 15

Chris Wright

Plans for a new sports car developed jointly by BMW and Toyota, using common underpinnings of major components, are on track, the German carmaker has told media outlets.


Hyundai launches its 'brand ambassador' SUV 30 Jun 15

Chris Wright

Hyundai is keen to make the point that its 'all-new' Tucson SUV, is just that – it is not a replacement for the ix35, it is a different model, more closely aligned to the larger Sante Fe and a new 'brand ambassador' for the carmaker in Europe.


Vauxhall launches OnStar in UK 30 Jun 15

Dave Leggett

Vauxhall says it is bringing OnStar to the UK this summer with a package, which includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network for up to seven devices, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology. The European headquarters for OnStar will be in Luton, UK, creating some 120 new jobs.

Latest blogs

Newsflash! Our relationship with the motor car is evolving 30 Jun 15

Dave Leggett

It's a recurring theme. We seem to be on the cusp of big changes that will profoundly impact car manufacturers, technology providers, component suppliers and all of us who move around - especially if we live in cities.


Cadillac's dramatic Lexus RX rival - first pics 26 Jun 15

Glenn Brooks

The replacement for the Cadillac SRX has been photographed in production form. Could this be the most convincing vehicle yet for the brand's sometimes overly edgy design?

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