An interesting and wide-ranging chat with Volvos R&D chief this week covered cooperation with Geely, platform strategy and connected cars

An interesting and wide-ranging chat with Volvo's R&D chief this week covered cooperation with Geely, platform strategy and connected cars

Need help with General Motors' future platform strategy? We have you covered with this handy, pocket, go-to guide that was a smash hit with just-auto readers this week. Speaking of platforms, Volvo this week revealed a couple of concept cars that hint at what it is doing with its version of the new CMA architecture being developed jointly with Chinese parent Geely. And we got the inside view about how that cooperation is working out from the chief of R&D.

Also very popular with readers this week: our comment piece on how VW's emissions-test-fiddle scandal seems to be multiplying with other automakers also being caught with fingers alleged to be in cookie jars, and suggesting that some global harmony on emissions testing and fuel consumption measuring surely might help? NEVS, the automaker formerly known as Saab, is still hanging in there and attracted considerable interest with news of a new head of purchasing. Speaking of hanging in there, MG announced plans for a second assembly plant in Thailand and eventual capacity of 300,000 cars a year, the eventual hub of RHD production, no less. Sales in Thailand are rather underwhelming so far, however.

The Roberts Family Road Test Team took to a quivering DS 4 Crossback to see if new engines and a new variant had been worthwhile and Ford told us it had come up with an intriguing way to recycle CO2 into car parts. There are some clever people in the auto industry. And, as we do most weeks, we heard from Our Man in Brazil on Renault's plans to assemble the emerging market Kwid model there.

Have a nice weekend.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor,

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