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THE EDITOR’S Q&A: Group Lotus CEO, Mike Kimberley

24 September 2007

UK-based Group Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s Proton and has two main activities: it makes sports cars and has an engineering consulting arm. Mike Kimberley is steeped in Lotus tradition, having worked alongside company founder Colin Chapman. He was parachuted in as Group Lotus CEO last year and is charged with taking the company forward. Dave Leggett recently met up with him.

FEATURE: Niche products define the future for Midlands car manufacturing

7 September 2007

Anyone who believes that car making in the UK has had its day should look carefully at the 'niche vehicle' sector in the Midlands and the dozens of independent companies manufacturing innovative cars for specialist markets.

FEATURE: Ford’s back to basics plan might exclude Volvo

8 August 2007

What’s going on in Dearborn? Why wouldn’t Ford want Volvo’s strong brand and profit potential? Volvo also contributes much under many Ford skins and the terms of last year’s huge loan for Ford would also complicate a sale. Neil Winton reports.

UK: O’Driscoll replaces Boerio as Jaguar MD

2 August 2007

Up-for-sale and under pressure Jaguar has announced that Mike O’Driscoll is to become the new Managing Director of Jaguar Cars. O’Driscoll, currently President of Jaguar Land Rover North America, will replace Bibiana Boerio, who is to retire by the end of the year after eight years with Jaguar and over thirty in total with Ford Motor Company.

GOLDING'S TAKE: Ford's offshore earners bring joy

27 July 2007

The Ford financial results were greeted as a nice surprise. There was a very small return to profit in the second quarter. If you break the group into two parts, what you find is that there is now a nice little business within it earning money out of making and selling cars in Europe and Asia.

US [updated 13:45BST]: Results shock - Ford posts Q2 profit

26 July 2007

Ford surprised the motor industry on Thursday afternoon by announcing a net profit of $US0.31 per share, or $750m, for the second quarter of 2007. Analysts and industry observers had expected the struggling Detroit-based automaker to post its eighth consecutive quarterly loss.

EXCLUSIVE: UK: Mercedes plans aluminium SL

19 July 2007

Mercedes-Benz will adopt aluminium body technology for its next-generation SL sports car, joining Aston Martin, Audi, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce as the fifth premium car maker using the weight-saving material.

UK: Ford may need Volvo cash - analyst

16 July 2007

The possibility Ford would offer Volvo – “the jewel in the PAG crown” - for sale is a reversal of policy but with the Swedish unit expected to be worth around $US8bn, the attraction of so much cash may be too great for the company to ignore, a UK-based Global Insight auto analyst has said.

GOLDING’S TAKE: Frantic Ford opts for 'Project Swift’

12 June 2007

The writing was probably on the wall for Jaguar and Land Rover when Ford made that recent announcement that it was going back to a global platform strategy. But the signals at that time were not strong enough to be picked up.

BREAKING NEWS: UK [updated 16:50BST]: Ford denies Jaguar/Land Rover sold yet

12 June 2007

Despite numerous media reports to the contrary, Ford has made no firm decision on selling the luxury Jaguar and Land Rover brands, the automaker told just-auto on Tuesday afternoon.

BREAKING NEWS [updated 12:00 BST]: UK: Private equity firm denies Jaguar/Land Rover bid

11 June 2007

Private London-based equity firm Alchemy Partners has denied a Monday morning newspaper report it is readying a £3bn ($US5.9bn) bid for Ford's luxury UK brands Jaguar and Land Rover.

UK/SWEDEN: BMW considers buying Volvo

29 May 2007

Ford is considering selling Volvo, possibly to BMW, according to a reports.

EXCLUSIVE: UK: New build methods will make Range Rovers 'greener'

9 May 2007

Land Rover is expected to commit in the coming months to make its next generation Range Rover flagship and Range Rover Sport models from a lightweight rivet-bonded aluminium chassis.

GOLDING’S TAKE: A duet from the new boys

30 April 2007

On opposite sides of the Atlantic last week, the two auto industry new boys with the most to do reported first quarter results within hours of one another.

EXCLUSIVE: UK: Ford retains R&D role at Aston Martin

13 March 2007

Technical know-how from Ford Motor Company will continue to play an important part in the future of Aston Martin, despite the sale of the prestige brand.

UK: Ford to retain Aston Martin stake after sale

12 March 2007

After months of rumours and media speculation, Ford confirmed on Monday (12 March) it has agreed to sell its luxury sports car business Aston Martin to a consortium comprised of David Richards, John Sinders, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment. It will retain a small shareholding.

UK [updated]: Union welcomes Aston Martin sale

12 March 2007

The union representing workers at Aston Martin has welcomed the pending sale of the famous sportscar maker to a consortium led by UK-based vehicle development and motorsport group Prodrive.

UK: Aston Martin sells today - paper

9 March 2007

A consortium of US and Middle East business interests from America and the Middle East, headed by Prodrive founder and world rally championship owner David Richards, is expected today to hand over about GBP500m to buy Aston Martin from Ford, a UK newspaper reported on Friday.

UK: Aston Martin announcement possible this week

5 March 2007

Ford could sell Aston Martin this week, with Prodrive as the most likely new owner.

UK: New composite parts group formed

28 February 2007

A new automotive industry composite components maker has been created in the UK.

UAE: Egyptian bank unit after Aston Martin

20 February 2007

Naeem Capital, part of an Egyptian investment bank, is among companies that have made final bids for Ford’s Aston Martin business, a Naeem Capital official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

GOLDING’S TAKE: Driving out the Devil

15 February 2007

There was a lovely quote from Dieter Zetsche yesterday when he answered the questions of the investment analysts after the announcement of his financial results for last year.

UK: Aston Martin eyes Bentley-matching volume

8 February 2007

Aston Martin is hatching an ambitious production plan to match Bentley with 10,000 sales a year after its spin-off from Ford this spring.

UK: Aston Martin to fetch at least GBP400m

7 February 2007

Ford Motor Co is set to reap rewards in the region of GBP400m (US$788.6m) this year from the sale of its Aston Martin brand.

INTERVIEW: J Mays and the importance of the story

7 February 2007

Emotional but rational. Artistic but bottom-line oriented. Yes, being a car designer is something that takes varying point of views, as J Mays explains. By Gary S. Vasilash, Editor-In-Chief, Automotive Design and Production.

US: Ford takes a January beating however numbers crunched

2 February 2007

The DaimlerChrysler group sold more cars than Ford in the US last month as its new Mercedes-Benz models helped lift the German brand to its best-ever January there.

UK: Aston Martin bidding - round two

31 January 2007

The Financial Times reports that Ford is expected to receive revised bids this week for its premium sportscar Aston Martin unit.

ANALYSIS: Graziano buys into dual clutch transmission expertise

30 January 2007

At the recent CTI transmission Symposium in Berlin, Graziano, the Italian manufacturer of high-end transmissions, issued a press release, which included an announcement regarding a new investment which is currently being finalised, writes CSM analyst Chris Guile.

UK: GM to help rescue Cadillac

29 January 2007

Senior GM management in Britain are to intervene in a bid to jump-start Cadillac’s disappointing UK sales which failed to reach 400 cars last year, less than one fifth of Aston Martin’s tally for 2006.

UK: Proton adds 30 new dealers

18 January 2007

The independent UK importer of Malaysia’s Proton vehicles added 30 new dealers nation-wide last year, taking its outlet count to 90 while planning further expansion.





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