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Spring issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive 14 Apr 2014

Dave Leggett

The latest issue of Lotus Engineering's proActive is out.


About those US octane ratings... 14 Apr 2014

Graeme Roberts

Interesting comment about my earlier blog on US octane ratings from our Brazilian correspondent Fernando Calmon.


An octane boost for US petrol? 10 Apr 2014

Graeme Roberts

Ever been bemused at the low octane ratings of US petrol? Pull up to a pump and you get options like 87, 89, 93.


Watch the new BMW X4 being built 1 Apr 2014

Glenn Brooks

This three and a bit minutes video takes you inside the soon to be expanded plant where BMW makes the new X4.


Car dealers bad for customers? 26 Mar 2014

Graeme Roberts

In the inbox this afternoon. Car dealerships are a bad deal for customers.


The return of the shark-nose BMW grille 26 Mar 2014

Glenn Brooks

During last week's F-TYPE Coupé launch, its designer mentioned in passing the slightly forward lean of its grille. Which made me think of the way BMWs once were. It seems someone else has been having similar thoughts.


Ricky Gervais and Audi A3 US ads 18 Mar 2014

Dave Leggett

Comedian Ricky Gervais is fronting ads in the US for the new Audi A3 sedan. I quite liked this spot called 'Names'.


How CarPlay might work in reality 10 Mar 2014

Graeme Roberts

An interesting blog from Forbes contributor Erika Morphy on how Apple's Geneva launched CarPlay - and the inevitable Android rival still under wraps - might work in reality.


Ukraine's economic shock waves - magnitude uncertain 7 Mar 2014

Dave Leggett

We're having more conversations with industry folk who are wondering where the Ukraine's crisis could lead.


What went wrong with the Insight? 5 Mar 2014

Graeme Roberts

An interesting Insight from across the pond on what Honda got wrong with two generations of its small hybrid.


Go Fun Yourself 5 Mar 2014

Dave Leggett

I have always liked Toyota's attitude with the marketing of the little Aygo, a fun and low-cost car aimed at young buyers (remember the Aygo football game?).


Qoros of approval for 3 Hatch 5 Mar 2014

Dave Leggett

Chinese-Israeli manufacturer Qoros showed its hatchback in Geneva this year.


Geneva 4 Mar 2014

Dave Leggett

Have made it to Geneva via an early flight out of London Gatwick.


Some detail on Tesla's li-ion battery 'gigafactory' 27 Feb 2014

Dave Leggett

Panasonic is one of the companies looking at partnering with Tesla on its plans for a big new facility dedicated to lithium ion battery production.


We'd like to buy you lunch 24 Feb 2014

Dave Leggett

By now you must have noticed our new website design. A fair few of you have told us what you think of the changes, and I'm pleased to report that the feedback so far has been very positive.


just-auto's outlook survey - have your say! 12 Feb 2014

Dave Leggett

We'd like to know how you feel about some of the big issues facing you, your company and the auto industry in the year ahead - the challenges, market prospects and so on.


Volvo Trucks and Van Damme's 'Epic Split' 7 Feb 2014

Dave Leggett

Look, I don't seek out things like this. I was on Volvo Group's website looking for serious stuff about trucks and then I stumbled on a release about an 'Epic Split' featuring the actor sometimes known as 'muscles from Brussels'


Ford's timely snow plough prep option 6 Feb 2014

Graeme Roberts

If you live there you are probably up to your armpits in the white stuff, frozen solid, with the power off and the heating oil bill up 50%. If not, you might have heard that the midwest and northeast US, and even points far further south than they should be, have had wave after wave of snow and ice storms.


Why is the new 4 Series GC smaller than the 3 Series GT? 4 Feb 2014

Glenn Brooks

Is it just me who wonders what BMW is up to by launching a second rival for the Audi A5 Sportback? And what's with the strange model names?


Audi and Honda competition for Tesla? A view 3 Feb 2014

Graeme Roberts

An interesting reality check on Tesla products, now and future, from a US hedge fund manager.


Muppets score for Toyota 3 Feb 2014

Dave Leggett

Can't help smiling at the Super Bowl Toyota commercial that featured the Muppets. It's very well done. Sounds like the Muppets are about to have something of a revival.


Honey, the bears totalled the Honda... 28 Jan 2014

Graeme Roberts

Just days after a Scottish couple had an unexpected encounter with a cub outside their holiday home in Pasadena, from US business news channel CNBC comes this clip showing what some other bears thought of a Honda Element.


UK car market as 'sponge' 24 Jan 2014

Dave Leggett

I had an interesting chat with the head of the UK distribution arm for an international car brand this week.


Aloominum F-150 - the debate goes on 22 Jan 2014

Graeme Roberts

There's been plenty of debate over Ford's decision to use lots of aluminium to lighten its 2015 F-150 pickup truck - hey, if it works for Audi, Jaguar and co, why not?


Metering expectations 16 Jan 2014

Simon Warburton

Huge sheets of ice are progressing in a stately manner down the Detroit River outside the Cobo and with forecast of snow this afternoon, it will feel more like Michigan in January than yesterday's almost balmy temperatures.


What's Bob Lutz up to these days? 15 Jan 2014

Dave Leggett

As I have remarked before, the irrepressible Bob Lutz (age 81 years young) is keeping pretty busy in his retirement.


Putting a proper motor in the Karma 15 Jan 2014

Graeme Roberts

What do you do with an EV sports sedan if the company that sold it to you has gone bust?


How to nick three new Kias 14 Jan 2014

Graeme Roberts

A tale of Kia thievery in the papers today.


Swish Cobo kicks off Detroit show 14 Jan 2014

Simon Warburton

My first Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) Outlook Conference yesterday (12 January) afternoon in the renovated Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and a pretty impressive 150 delegates made the sessions lively and entertaining.


Cold no problem for hardy Detroit 11 Jan 2014

Simon Warburton

It'll take more than a Polar Vortex to affect next week's North American International Auto Show, but I bet the organisers in Detroit are breathing a whole lot easier now that -23C temperatures and driving snow have largely disappeared.


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