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Opel CEO shares 'metrics for success' 4 May 2016

Dave Leggett

Earlier this year, Opel said that CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann would expand his social communication activities to LinkedIn as a member of the "influencer" programme limited to 500 participants worldwide


Q1 financials generally good, but will the going get tougher? 4 May 2016

Dave Leggett

We’re well into Q1 results season and there are one or two interesting straws in the wind.


just-auto takes a break 29 Apr 2016

Dave Leggett

It is raining and unseasonably cool here in the UK, a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent.


How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 2016

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),


Mitsubishi's not-so-happy history 20 Apr 2016

Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi is in the news today and it reminded me of a bit of history. Some of you may recall the auto industry and Japanese public were stunned when it emerged in the summer of 2000 that Mitsubishi had systematically hid auto defects to avoid recalls for more than 20 years.


Servicing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle 19 Apr 2016

Graeme Roberts

According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.


Queen of Parts 18 Apr 2016

Dave Leggett

The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday this week (April 21).


Tesla charms again 6 Apr 2016

Dave Leggett

I just looked at Tesla Motors stock price and it’s been moving up since February.


Faring well in Moscow 23 Mar 2016

Simon Warburton

While in Moscow last week, I needed to find a cab back from the centre of town, a stone's throw from Moscow's infamous KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka and not much further to The Kremlin, so right slap in the heart of the city.


Honda's ASIMO becomes official Narita airport greeter 22 Mar 2016

Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor's ASIMO robot, in evolving iterations, has been around for years - it's always a smash hit with the public at motor shows or the huge Honda headquarters showroom in downtown Tokyo. Today came news the automaker plans to conduct demonstrations of its 'bipedal humanoid robot' at Narita International Airport for a week from Monday, 28 March to 3 April.


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 2016

Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.


Russia moving in right direction? 15 Mar 2016

Simon Warburton

Arriving in Moscow this week for the Russian Automotive Forum via a 100% full Lufthansa flight from Munich - for all its troubles this country is still clearly a big draw - I needed to find who was showing the quarter finals of the English FA Cup football.


Ken Block and his doughnuts/donuts 15 Mar 2016

Dave Leggett

There has been something of a media furore in the UK this week involving filming for the news series of BBC's Top Gear.


BMW acknowledges a dark history cloud 8 Mar 2016

Graeme Roberts

Amid all the expected ra-ra over its 100th birthday, BMW has tacitly acknowledged its use of slave labour to build aero engines during World War Two. The company should be commended for being up-front and, of course, it addresses any awkward questions before they are asked.


Do Toyota designers have children? 2 Mar 2016

Graeme Roberts

With the rider I haven't seen one in the metal and the interior apparently is still to be revealed in Toyota's interminable drip-feed of pictures and concepts leading up to the 'production' reveal of the C-HR SUV in Geneva this week, I have one question - do the Calty stylists have children?


Charity begins with apprentices 26 Feb 2016

Graeme Roberts

A lot of good stuff involving charities goes on behind the automaking scenes here in England.


Nissan's 'self-parking office chairs' 22 Feb 2016

Dave Leggett

Have to admit, this made me laugh. Nissan has come up with a tidy solution to the age-old problem of wandering chairs in the open plan office.


The first VW Kombi revised, based on the new T1 11 Feb 2016

Glenn Brooks

What would a new version of the original Volkswagen Transporter look like, using the latest T6 model as the base vehicle? The answer to that question is fascinating to see.


The consolidation game 9 Feb 2016

Dave Leggett

Consolidation in the supplier sector continues apace. Companies are positioning themselves to be well placed for future growth; that means reviewing product portfolios, technology capabilities, market geography and degrees of specialisation. It can lead to M&A activity and it can also mean the divestment of company business units, too.


Why PSA might be on to something with the DS brand 25 Jan 2016

Dave Leggett

I got to visit the Louvre museum in Paris last week with PSA Peugeot-Citroen. It was a pretty lavish affair for a facelift to the DS 3 model, but the scale of the event and the lavishness points to how important the premium DS brand is to PSA.


The old and the new 11 Jan 2016

Dave Leggett

This is coming to you from a chilly Detroit. I am in town this week for the auto show (NAISA) and to attend some industry conferences.


Happy New Year! 4 Jan 2016

Dave Leggett

Let me begin 2016 by wishing everyone reading this a very Happy New Year! If you had a festive break, I hope it was a good one. It seemed to pass rather quickly for me, as ever.


Amphicar goes to Disney World 14 Dec 2015

Graeme Roberts

Big kids like me, who love anything automotive or self propelled, were already catered for at various Disney parks in Orlando, Florida, by attractions like Epcot's Test Track and Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom but now comes word of a new experience - Amphicar.


Ford Everest catches fire Down Under 4 Dec 2015

Graeme Roberts

Ford's new Everest SUV, a spin off of the popular Thai-built Ranger pickup truck, and, in its latest form, now on sale in more countries, has got off to a bad start in Australia.


Chillin' in the car for over 75 years 30 Nov 2015

Graeme Roberts

A small milestone was passed at the weekend - the 28th of November, the US Census Profile America feature tells us, was the day in 1939 at the 40th Chicago auto show, Packard (RIP) unveiled the first US car with air conditioning.


Trump and Ford 30 Oct 2015

Dave Leggett

The US presidential campaigning that seems to go on forever is something that can look a little perplexing at times to overseas observers.


Sparkle in the rain 29 Oct 2015

Simon Warburton

To the backdrop of bright autumnal sunshine - not to mention a certain German automaker's woes - this year's recent FKG Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg fused a heady mixture of knowledge exchange and networking.


Is this Toyota China's Nissan Leaf rival? 23 Oct 2015

Graeme Roberts

News just in from China suggests a Toyota joint venture there - via a new China-only brand - is readying what might be a decent five door hatchback rival for Nissan's well-entrenched Leaf EV.


Volvo V90 revealed: as a model car 20 Oct 2015

Glenn Brooks

Following the appearance of those infamous S90 pics a couple of months back, now it's the turn of the V90 to hit the web - as a model car.


The car and freedom 15 Oct 2015

Dave Leggett

I was at an industry conference a few days ago and the usual 'megatrends' were present in a number of presentations (typical buzz words and terms: 'urbanisation', 'megacities', 'digitisation', 'connectivity', 'autonomous', 'sharing economy', 'disruptors', 'new mobility' - you get the picture).


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