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Now that's how to do 'autonomous car' 22 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

Here's a really heart-warming story about how some of the technology currently being used to develop autonomous cars was used to really make a former racing driver's day.


Citroen CX & C6 become flying cars 22 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

An artist has created a series of photographs depicting hovering vehicles, each based on a former production model.


Range Rover Evoque's Chinese clone 21 Apr 2015

Dave Leggett

Jiangling brand Landwind is causing waves at Shanghai with its X7 SUV that bears a very strong resemblance to Land Rover's hugely successful Range Rover Evoque.


Brabus' STARTECH creates the Range Rover pick-up 16 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

Somewhere out there are people who think what would really improve their Range Rover would be chopping the back out of it and inserting a pick-up load tray.


If in doubt, recall? 13 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

Ping goes the inbox and there's the weekly recall notification list from the US government's road safety regulator, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (or NHTSA or even 'Nit-sa' for short in the local vernacular).


"Difficult and beautiful" in Russia 19 Mar 2015

Simon Warburton

Despite fears numbers would be down, this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) kicked off in Moscow with a healthy attendance that belied the undoubted economic challenges the country faces.


Winter thaw sees Moscow shine 16 Mar 2015

Simon Warburton

It really is Spring sat here in Moscow and while not exactly scorchio, the sun is beating down on this most vibrant of cities, which seems to have rid itself of its once oily, heavy air.


Top Gear's storm in a teacup 12 Mar 2015

Dave Leggett

Overseas readers may be picking up media reports of a 'fracas' and a presenter's suspension at popular BBC TV programme Top Gear and wondering what's going on.


Opel/Vauxhall's chief gets delightfully candid 4 Mar 2015

Dave Leggett

General Motors' European chief, Karl-Thomas Neumann, was on good form in Geneva this week.


Geneva bound, via Monaco and Grenoble 2 Mar 2015

Dave Leggett

This was the scene in Monaco yesterday morning as a group of UK journalists set out on a drive to Geneva from Monaco in some old and new Vauxhall cars.


Toyota Mirai - more than meets the eye 25 Feb 2015

Dave Leggett

The short films available on YouTube showing Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell being made are well worth a look (as noted by previous blog). The Motomachi plant in Toyota City is churning out three Mirais a day.


Watch the Toyota Mirai being made 24 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

Here's a chance to see details of Toyota's Mirai fuel cell car being manufactured at its Motomachi plant in Japan.


I, Robot and Audi 12 Feb 2015

Dave Leggett

Interesting development in the news at Audi. There's a robot on the assembly line that works with the humans.


An Opel mule surfaces Stateside 10 Feb 2015

Graeme Roberts

If you live in North America and want to buy an Opel, you head for your friendly Buick corner store and drive home in a shiny new Regal built in Canada, though launch models a few years back actually were shipped over from Germany.


Honda's 'Pretty Camping Trailer' 10 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

One of those wonderful 'only in Japan' news items has just appeared in the Akihabara News.


The 'drone taxi' and possible future Uber 'paradox' 9 Feb 2015

Dave Leggett

Does it make sense for Uber to be very interested in the business opportunity presented by taking the driver out of the cab?


Interview with Bo Andersson 5 Feb 2015

Simon Warburton

I'm looking at attending the upcoming Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) event in Moscow.


Opel CEO K-T Neumann teases us with Corsa OPC 29 Jan 2015

Glenn Brooks

Opel has put out a short video of the still-secret Corsa OPC being driven in turn by Joachim Winkelhock and CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.


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.


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