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Mike Vousden


Articles by Mike Vousden


Tata's Nexon SUV looks much more modern than its predecessorsTata's future model strategy

18 October 2018

Tata Motors is now seeing the benefits of having made investments in multiple new models. Its home market has contracted in recent months yet Tata sales have expanded for three months straight, including September. This comes at just the right moment for the company, as by contrast, its JLR division is in trouble in many markets.


The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck uses GM's new VSS-T platform that'll underpin many future SUVs and vans.The SUVs and trucks in GMC's future

6 September 2018

Following our foray into the future model strategies of GM's Baojun and Wuling brands, we return to the US to look at GM's truck-and-SUV-themed brand, GMC.


BMW i8BMW i cars – future models

23 August 2018

After our recently published overview of BMW's main range, we take a closer look at the firm's 'i' range of electrified vehicles. Initially just featuring the i3 and i8, there are now a number of models planned under the electric sub-brand.


IAC already uses AGVs for cockpit assembly in HalewoodHow Industry 4.0 is helping IAC build car interiors of the future…

2 August 2018

Founded in 2005 by billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (now US Secretary of State for Commerce), International Automotive Components (IAC) is a Tier I supplier of interior systems and components specialising in instrument panels and cockpit systems, door assemblies, overhead systems, door and trim systems, and flooring and acoustic systems. Mike Vousden visited an IAC facility in the UK to hear how it is preparing for 'Industry 4.0' to impact its operations.


DS 7 Crossback is an attempt to take on the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque and other models in the C segment.Groupe PSA future models analysis - DS Automobiles

19 June 2018

This chapter of our analysis series of the divisions of Groupe PSA covers DS Automobiles. It is the third of four features and follows examinations of the future models strategy of Peugeot and Citroën.


Just-released QX50 has switched to a front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive architectureANALYSIS - Future models for Infiniti

30 May 2018

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault and Alpine, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Venucia and Nissan, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Infiniti. Mitsubishi, the final make in the series, follows later in the week.


Valeo says 48V systems generate a 10-15% improvement in fuel economy on the NEDC but, on the WLTP, this jumps to a 15-20% improvement.WLTP prompts responses from carmakers - ANALYSIS

24 May 2018

From September 2018, all new cars registered in Europe, India, South Korea and Japan will have to report their official fuel economy and CO2 figures according to the WLTP – the Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars. In the second part of this two-part article, we take a closer look at the industry's response to the new testing regime.


The new testing standard will result in OEMs reviewing model offerings as results change for particular engine variantsWhat does the WLTP mean for the automotive industry?

15 May 2018

From September 2018, all new cars registered in Europe, India, South Korea and Japan will have to report their official fuel economy and CO2 figures according to the WLTP – the Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the ‘80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars. Following the revelation that BMW has had to pause or cease manufacture of some models thanks to the upcoming WLTP introduction, we consider what implications the new procedure has for OEMs.


With sales of almost 40,000 units in 2017, RSM's SM6 is far more successful than its Renault Talisman sedan twinANALYSIS - Future models for Renault Samsung Motors

14 May 2018

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Renault Samsung Motors (RSM).


Ramirez: GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez

12 March 2018

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for an electrified future.




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