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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).


Winterkorn a detail man... 12 Oct 2015

Dave Leggett

An interesting video clip on YouTube shows Martin Winterkorn and his entourage looking over a Hyundai at a motor show.


Questions on VW's corporate culture 25 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

It's been quite a week for Volkswagen. The unfolding diesel emissions scandal is one of those stories that, as journalists love to say, has legs.


Buick's next LaCrosse breaks cover in China 25 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Claimed 'first spy shots' of the redesigned 2016 Buick LaCrosse have been obtained by a Chinese autos website. This is the Chinese variant which will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture and is included in just-auto's Product Lifecycle Database (PLDB). It will be an important new car line for GM's Buick brand in China, its largest market.


And now, the Chinese Rolls-Royce phantom clone 18 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

Never mind your Chinese BMW and Land Rover knock-offs. How about this copy of a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom?


Does Frankfurt 2015 mark a high water mark? 16 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

Europe's biggest motor show has not disappointed in 2015.


Rolls-Royce pretty in pink 11 Sep 2015

Graeme Roberts

BMW-owned Rolls-Royce makes a lot of its willingness and ability to create a bespoke car. But I wonder what management and a skilled team of craftsman and women from many different trade backgrounds and countries made of the order from the Chinese distributor for this.


Nissan Sunderland success story and the EU question 10 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

Nissan's Qashqai has been an enormously successful model in Europe and the company is now looking to sales of that model in other parts of the world. The smaller Juke, also built in the UK, has also been pretty successful.


Tesla Model X configurator images and specs leaked 3 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

What are claimed to be authentic configured images of the Tesla Model X, along with US market pricing, have reportedly been leaked. This big crossover will be available for ordering from 29 September. It's been a long, long wait for the Model X, the first prototypes having been shown to the media in February 2012.


Cab-hailing apps irk licensed drivers 27 Aug 2015

Chris Wright

The dramatic growth in cab-hailing apps in general and Uber in particular has got ‘official’ taxi drivers hot under the collar. According to figures out this week from the UK’s Department of Transport (DfT), the number of private hire vehicles on London's roads has surged by 26% over the past two years.


London's 'linear laboratory' for smart car technologies 19 Aug 2015

Chris Wright

I have recently met a man with what you might describe as a bit of a job on his hands.


Chinese currency devaluation: is it significant? 12 Aug 2015

Dave Leggett

In the last two days, the Chinese yuan has lost around 3% of its value and that has made headlines. Is it really very significant?


Wind, fire and then locusts? 4 Aug 2015

Graeme Roberts

As one who has worked 'down in parts' in a previous life I have not a little sympathy for the warehouse and counter men and women at Hyundai Motor Company Australia's spare parts operation.


Mixed developments in global vehicle markets 4 Aug 2015

Dave Leggett

'Make hay while the sun shines' is an old saying that underlines the importance of making the most of clement conditions while you can, for tomorrow, weather conditions may not be so favourable.


Ex-Top Gear team moves to Amazon Prime 30 Jul 2015

Dave Leggett

Well, the news today that the Top Gear presenter trio plus producer Andy Wilman will produce a new show broadcast on the Amazon Prime video streaming service comes as no great surprise.


Honda: a bit more than a car company 22 Jul 2015

Dave Leggett

Car companies that do other things besides making cars always provide a certain fascination.


Papped in Prague: the facelifted Porsche 911 16 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

Its official debut might be just under two months away at the Frankfurt IAA, but the mid-life refresh for the 911 has been seen in public. The pics have appeared, inevitably, on FaceBook.


Fiat 500 - car or fashion accessory? 16 Jul 2015

Roger Stansfield

The Fiat 500 –­ car or fashion accessory? At the launch of the updated model this week there was plenty of evidence to suggest it's more the latter than the former.


Fried cabbage's off 15 Jul 2015

Simon Warburton

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.


Are these pics of the next Prius authentic? 7 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

If these images turn out to be the real deal, then Toyota's design department is getting even braver than usual. Taiwan-based Autonet has just published what appear to be shots of the next Prius and Prius PHEV.


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