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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
We’re well into Q1 results season and there are one or two interesting straws in the wind.
It is raining and unseasonably cool here in the UK, a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent.
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 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.
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.
The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday this week (April 21).
I just looked at Tesla Motors stock price and it’s been moving up since February.
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 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.
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.
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.
There has been something of a media furore in the UK this week involving filming for the news series of BBC's Top Gear.
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.
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?
A lot of good stuff involving charities goes on behind the automaking scenes here in England.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
The US presidential campaigning that seems to go on forever is something that can look a little perplexing at times to overseas observers.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments
- Federal-Mogul on trends in the plug market - Q&A
- Comment - emissions 'failures' hardly a surprise
- Carlos Ghosn interview
- ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF
- BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV
- BMW Q1 operating profit down 2.5%
- Volvo Cars swings to profit in Q1
- Ford claims factory fit first for F-150 strobes
- Autonomous cars to shake up car insurance