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Europe: thoughts on currency movements 16 Jan 2015

Dave Leggett

Interesting news today that Ford is significantly raising output of the Fiesta in Germany in Q1 (other models, too, but mainly Fiesta). The move prompts a number of thoughts.


2015 Detroit Show's sunny backdrop 13 Jan 2015

Dave Leggett

It's very cold this week in Detroit, but the weather for North America's auto industry is set pretty fair - for now.


R.I.P. Nissan Cedric, 1960-2014 7 Jan 2015

Glenn Brooks

The fantastically named Cedric, once hugely popular in Japan as a taxi, has been laid to rest.


The crusher, sale, or resale? 6 Jan 2015

Graeme Roberts

While various parties figure out What To Do with the Hoegh Osaka and its valuable cargo of Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Rolls-Royce and JCB products, here's how things turned out the last time we covered such an event.


Kia's China-only crossover 2 Jan 2015

Graeme Roberts

We're well used to China-only models from the long-established foreign automaker players there like Volkswagen and General Motors but now even the (relative) newcomers are getting in on the act.


EVs' dark side: Two sides of the coin for electric vehicles 23 Dec 2014

Dave Leggett

There's a useful reminder in a recent study of the two sides of the coin that come with 'zero-emission vehicles'.


Honda's Ohio Heritage Center 23 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

There are various museums back home in Japan but I was not aware of any Japanese automaker setting up a major facility abroad until I received this news about Honda's new US Heritage Center in Marysville, Ohio.


Lagerfeld & Opel team up for cat tat 22 Dec 2014

Glenn Brooks

This is one of my favourite stories of 2014. Even better than Honda launching a car in Japan (today) called 'Slash'.


Four years with a Voltwagen 2 Dec 2014

Graeme Roberts

This is one of the more interesting long-term tests I've read in a while as a former sell-side analyst turned technology and auto reviewer in the US reports on four years of life with General Motors' Chevrolet Volt - aka the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.


Watch Volvo's next XC90 get rolled, and rolled 28 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

We all remember that video of the outgoing XC90 being rolled SEVEN times and no crushing of the roof. To me, it's been the gold standard of safe cars ever since.


What does a Chinese premium brand car consumer look like? 27 Nov 2014

Dave Leggett

Well, on average, male and 33.5 years of age, with average annual household income of $175,000. There's some interesting stuff here in a survey of 800 premium brand car customers in China carried out by the Hurun Research Institute.


Notice anything odd in Ford's Burj Khalifa Mustang video? 21 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Ford has continued its idea of assembling a Mustang high up inside a skyscraper. First it was done in New York, now in Dubai. But look closely at who was putting the car together.


Safety observations: cars, cyclists and pedestrians 20 Nov 2014

Dave Leggett

Some interesting observations here on road safety, its costs and the risks you may run if you choose to cycle or walk, rather than drive, in some places.


Please Hoon Responsibly: Gymkhana 7 is here 18 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Ken Block is back. In a Ford. But it's not a Fiesta.


Tesla's X-Men robots - watch the video 18 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Tesla Motors tends not to issue factual, dry media releases. Take this one, its most recent, concerning some upgrades made at its Fremont factory.


GM recall: the engineer speaks 14 Nov 2014

Graeme Roberts

Finally, a US newspaper has managed to talk to the engineer at the centre of the GM ignition switch recall crisis.


AvtoVAZ concession to heat-seeking cats 12 Nov 2014

Dave Leggett

Russia is a tough environment for car companies. Right now, weak demand and possible future overcapacity for some of the big joint venture OEMs is a concern. And the depreciation of the rouble and associated uncertainties is a sizeable worry, also.


What would a new Fiat 600 look like? 11 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

This man has imagined a new look for the famous little Fiat as a way of celebrating its 60th birthday.


'Obese' crash test dummies to help save more lives 6 Nov 2014

Graeme Roberts

Gloomy news in a recent US TV news report - if you're fat (ahem), you're more likely to be injured in a car crash.


UK car market still up - some thoughts 6 Nov 2014

Dave Leggett

The UK car market continues to surprise and was up by 14.2% year-on-year in October. It looks good. There are a few things to note.


Just what is Audi's LA auto show concept? 5 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Audi's new head of Design offers some clues about his inspiration for the brand's LA show concept in a new video.


Karl Lagerfeld shoots his cat (and the Corsa) 3 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Surely this release from Opel is in the running for the award for 2014's most bizarre 'news' item?


Honda's brilliant Type R short film 30 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

This is really nicely done - an ingenious way of linking the five-door Civic to the forthcoming, 280+PS Type R.


Battery range estimation innovation 30 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

EV battery range is an interesting area, not least because any discrepancy between claimed range and actual could be pretty significant when margins for error are low and distances travelled are not all that long.


Tesla story: Forbes takes aim at the WSJ 28 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

It's rare that a writer on one publication will take direct aim at another publication's work.


A drone's view: inside a car plant 28 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

SEAT has sent a drone up to film outside and inside its 2.8 million m2 Martorell plant.


JLR and NA plant: it makes business sense 24 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

Making cars where you sell them makes sense on a number of grounds. It can be a way to save on shipping costs, exploit lower manufacturing costs, avoid import tariffs and reduce exchange rate risks.


just-auto on BBC 24 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

The Paris Show seems a long time ago now, but I have been sent a link to a BBC news item in which just-auto's editor makes a brief appearance.


Doughnut time 22 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

Sometimes the answer to "Why?" can be answered "Just because..." As in this video made by Lexus Poland as part of its launch of the NX mid-size SUV line.


Cameron needs alliances in the EU 21 Oct 2014

Dave Leggett

It was interesting to speak with UK prime minister David Cameron yesterday. I didn't have much time, so I went for the European question.


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