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TRW and ZF 15 Sep 2014

Dave Leggett

We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.


On this day... 11 Sep 2014

Dave Leggett

Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.


The 'vette that snitches on the valet 9 Sep 2014

Graeme Roberts

In a pleasing variation of authority using cameras to spy on car drivers, General Motors has come up with a car camera that can be a nosey parker on the valet parker entrusted with the keys to your pride and joy.


Post-merger shake-out 4 Sep 2014

Graeme Roberts

With the Fiat-Chrysler merger now appearing to be on the final straight, this Non Sequitur cartoon about post-merger scenarios gave me a coffee break giggle.


2015 Ford Mustang: 8m 'likes' on Facebook 29 Aug 2014

Dave Leggett

The original 1960s fastback Mustang is one of my all-time favourite car designs.


An old friend turns 40 28 Aug 2014

Graeme Roberts

A small but not insignificant milestone slipped by earlier this week, perhaps unnoticed by most industry watchers.


Rule Britannia 6 Aug 2014

Graeme Roberts

It really does get tiresome when some (deep breath, choose words carefully) 'uninformed' person tells me the UK doesn't have a car industry any more. We do, albeit mostly foreign owned.


Tesla Model S reliability 31 Jul 2014

Glenn Brooks

With RHD Tesla cars only going on sale in the UK in recent weeks, it's way too early to be talking about the ownership experience. But in the US, it's a different story.


Exploring the 'sweet spot' between motorcycle and conventional car 30 Jul 2014

Dave Leggett

The product space just below the 'conventional car' is an intriguing one.


Badge snobbery in China 30 Jul 2014

Dave Leggett

Ah, the old chestnut of the promise of the automotive brand, the core brand values and what the brand says about the driver.


Sir Nick Scheele's career highlight - in his own words 21 Jul 2014

Dave Leggett

Tributes are flowing in for Nick Scheele who has passed away, aged 70.


Mercedes basks in German World Cup victory 16 Jul 2014

Simon Warburton

Mercedes-Benz has wasted no time in basking in Germany's reflected glory of winning the World Cup on Sunday night and becoming the first side since reunification to lift the golden trophy.


Hyundai's empty Genesis convoy 10 Jul 2014

Glenn Brooks

We can forget just how amazing some of the technology in the latest production cars is. This video from HMA is a terrific reminder.


Toyota i-Road leaning car - the video 30 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

TMC continues to promote Japan's Ha-Mo car sharing scheme via its own i-Road commuter model. The latest promotional video is worth a look.


'Last mile mobility' 20 Jun 2014

Dave Leggett

Thoughts are turning to future mobility today. There's an event on this subject in London next week that I will be attending on Wednesday.


Opel/Vauxhall Corsa pics hit the web 19 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

Opel and Vauxhall will issue images and details of the next Corsa to the media on 9 July. But as often happens, some papped shots have already appeared.


The 'Chinese Hummer' 13 Jun 2014

Graeme Roberts

You learn something new every day in this business.


Toyota working on hover cars 11 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

Speaking at a Bloomberg summit in San Francisco, a Toyota engineer has disclosed an advanced engineering project for cars which would hover just above roads.


DIY Caterham assembly 10 Jun 2014

Dave Leggett

It's around this time of the year that I get envy attacks when spotting Caterham drivers enjoying themselves in the open air.


Euro NCAP crash tests quadricycles 4 Jun 2014

Graeme Roberts

If you drive a quadricycle like the Renault Twizy, I can only suggest: look away now.


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé: tilting suspension tech explained 3 Jun 2014

Glenn Brooks

As the first version of the new S-Class Coupé goes on sale in Germany, Mercedes-Benz has revealed technical details of the car's revolutionary suspension system, which allows the car to lean into bends.


The secret to Alan Mulally's success at Ford 23 May 2014

Dave Leggett

I was at the SMMT headquarters in London yesterday for a small media round table with outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mulally.


Lockdown in St Petersburg 23 May 2014

Simon Warburton

It's perhaps no huge surprise security is taken so seriously at this year's Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, but the sheer scale of the precautions is overwhelming.


Maintaining clearness in St Petersburg 21 May 2014

Simon Warburton

I'm not sure if I expected icebergs floating down the river in St Petersburg in May, but what I certainly didn't bank on was a 30C wall of heat ahead of this year's International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which I'm attending for the first time this week.


Bloggers blow Copen's cover 20 May 2014

Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but the second generation of Daihatsu's Kei-class roadster is nearly here.


Bottled exhaust water, courtesy of Honda 16 May 2014

Dave Leggett

Okay, there are some issues with hydrogen fuel cells as a viable automotive powertrain fuel.


An aftermarket innovation impacting JLR 13 May 2014

Dave Leggett

Well, it is maybe not an innovation for people to be all that pleased about.


Handling's a bit wooden 8 May 2014

Graeme Roberts

What do you do if you're retired from VW and apparently got too much time on your hands?


Urban mobility 7 May 2014

Dave Leggett

As the population of the world decamps from the countryside to work in factories in emerging 'megacities', how the evolving city functions and how goods and people move around sustainably (and without gridlock) are sure to be constant accompanying themes.


UK car sales data, by nation 7 May 2014

Dave Leggett

I know people around the world sometimes find this a bit confusing - and understandably really - but the UK currently comprises four constituent countries: England, Scotland (deciding later this year whether to be independent), Wales and Northern Ireland.


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