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Insignia defying segment trend with rising sales

24 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Few are noticing the progress being made by Vauxhall - Groupe PSA's ex-GM unit that is UK market only sister brand to Opel. In March it move...

Auto shows and dieselgate again - the week

18 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Two motor shows this week - Shanghai and New York. News, auto show-related, kicked off the week with some improvement on the Chinese sales f...

Interior design and technology – Ford Focus

17 Apr 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The fourth-generation Ford Focus emerged last year, marking the brand's 20th anniversary. As in the previous generation, the model is availa...

Europe - Kia poised to outsell Hyundai

17 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Europe looks set to soon become the world's first region in which Kia is more successful than Hyundai. This is one of the many trends visibl...

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Lubricating electric vehicles – Q&A with Millers Oils

23 Apr 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Lubricants are critical for cooling high-temperature components within ICE vehicles, but the challenges of cooling the higher temperatures of power electronics in electric vehicles (EVs), is an even greater task. We spoke to spoke to Martyn Mann, technical director for Millers Oils, to learn more about the specific challenges of lubricating an EV powertrain.

Real-world NOx emissions test leaves ‘dirty diesels’ nowhere to hide

8 Apr 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Today’s launch of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London is a welcome step on the road to cleaning up urban air quality but will not stop ‘dirty diesels’ from entering the capital despite controlling access based on emissions, says publishers of the AIR Index. The AIR (Allow Independent Road-testing) Index is an independent vehicle emissions rating for cars from A (the best) to E (the worst) that provides the on-road urban NOx emissions using the same independent test on every vehicle, to show the relative impact a specific vehicle has on air quality. However, AIR’s own testing has found that the Euro emissions standards bear little resemblance to what comes out of a car’s tailpipe in urban driving. There is huge variation in Euro 6 diesels, and although the latest are very clean there are still millions of dirty diesels on European roads that can emit in excess of Euro standards for urban NOx, yet still gain free access to ULEZ. The AIR Index is calling on policy makers in London and across Europe to make clean air zones more effective by tackling the issue of dirty Euro 6s – using ratings such as the AIR Index– to bring air quality into legal compliance as soon as possible. To learn more, we spoke to Nick Molden, co-founder of the AIR Index.

Latest news

PSA Q1 revenue down 1.1%

25 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA has reported a 1.1% decline in Q1 revenue, as it was hit by lower sales outside of Europe and currency movement headwinds.

PSA Q1 revenue falls after Iran suspension

25 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

PSA said group revenue in the first quarter of 2019 fell to EUR17,976m from EUR18,182m a year ago.

Volvo launches UK's "most complete online sales service"

25 Apr 2019 | Chris Wright

Volvo UK has launched what it says is the most complete online sales service offered by any car manufacturer.

Volvo Cars' Q1 operating profit falls

25 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has reported global first quarter 2019 retail sales up 9.4% to 161,320 cars. Revenue rose 10.7% year on year to SEK62,910m.

Haldex Q1 sales and profit rise

25 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Haldex said its Q1 2019 sales rose 7% year on year to SEK1,339m but decreased 1% adjusted for currency movements.

Auto industry consolidation to 'focus on selective alliances'

24 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ratings agency Fitch says that selective alliances are likely to be a medium-term alternative to full-scale mergers and mega acquisitions to support automotive manufacturers' credit profiles.

Porsche Romania to build 77 fast charging stations by 2021

24 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche Romania, the VW group distributor and Romania's largest car importer, will invest in the country's EV charging infrastructure with dealer partners.

Entry-level Range Rover Evoque meets RDE2 standard

24 Apr 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

The entry-level diesel engine option with the new Range Rover Evoque meets the Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2) standard, it has been confirmed.

Volvo Group sales up 20% to SEK107.2bn in Q1 2019

24 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Group net sales increased by 20% to SEK107.2bn (US$11.46bn) (89.1) in Q1 2019. Adjusted for currency movements, net sales increased by 12%.

DS 3 Crossback electric variant to have 200-mile range

23 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

When Groupe PSA adds a fully electric variant to its new DS 3 Crossback range later this year, the car will come with a claimed range on full battery charge of 200 miles (on the WLTP drive cycle, 267 miles on NEDC).

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