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Why new G01 BMW X3 is bigger than the original X5

5 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The definition of a compact SAV has changed somewhat since BMW began selling the first X3 in 2003. The proof? The new model is exactly half a metre longer than the original X5.

Audi RS 3 Sportback - is 400 horsepower enough?

19 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Did anyone really think the 367PS pre-facelift RS 3 Sportback lacked power? Clearly, some did. Or perhaps Audi felt the need to trump the 381PS of the Mercedes-AMG A 45. So it gave the RS 3 another 33PS. Four hundred horsepower certainly does have a nice ring to it.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

18 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The latest Tiguan has been available since 2016. Now comes the extended wheelbase seven-seater, which has more differences compared to the standard model than had been expected.

Britain's new Volkswagen Polo - out of Africa

10 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen Group South Africa still builds the fourth and fifth generation Polos at its Uitenhage factory near P.E. in the Eastern Cape. Following a major investment in the MQB A0 architecture, the plant is now also producing the new, sixth generation model for export to other RHD countries. The made-in-Africa Polo is now available in Britain.

Electric cars - Can Porsche make them profitable as well as sexy?

4 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche hasn't been a sports car company for a long time: SUVs and the Panamera are the reason why this once small firm produces such enormous profits and large numbers of vehicles. Spending is now well underway for the addition of electric models. Might Porsche become the first firm to experience both sales and financial success from high-priced EVs?

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Audi plans e-tron GT for 2020

15 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi has confirmed a four-door performance electric car to go into production in 2020 at the Böllinger Höfe site near Neckarsulm (to be built alongside the R8). The e-tron GT is four-door luxury Gran Turismo with purely electric drive and would come to market after an Audi e-tron electric SUV.  

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans more growth following record 2017

15 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced full year 2017 records for unit sales, revenue and EBIT after delivering 401,000 vehicles (up 12% year on year on 2016's 359,100).

Volkswagen opens safety 'centre of competence'

15 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

With its new safety centre, Volkswagen has brought together its vehicle safety expertise at a single location.

BMW sales set February records - again

14 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW group has announced new monthly and year to date sales records for February 2018.

Moody's stabilises global auto manufacturing outlooks as economic recovery fuels demand

14 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Increased consumer car demand due to improving global economic prospects and a lowering of the rating agency's sales growth requirements for the sector have changed the outlook on the global auto manufacturing industry over the next 12 to 18 months to stable from negative, said Moody's Investors Service in a report published on Wednesday (14 March).

VW plans 16 EV production sites by 2022

13 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen is ramping up its e-mobility strategy to plan 16 production sites around the world for electric vehicles by the end of 2022. It also says that future partnerships with battery manufacturers have been agreed for Europe and China. The push for e-mobility comes as VW continues to deal with its 'dieselgate' scandal and associated costs.

Brembo unveils latest version of brake-by-wire system

13 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Brembo says it has 'reaffirmed its position at the cutting edge of innovation in BbW (brake-by-wire) braking systems'.

BASF enhances its Ultrasim simulation tool

13 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

BASF says it now offers a new module for simulating applications of injection-molded components and that this offers benefits - in particular - in developing components for future electric vehicle

VW to modernise Wolfsburg power stations

9 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

he Volkswagen Group says it is taking another key step towards significantly reducing environmental impact and is moving away from coal-fired energy.

BMW 2017 results set new record

8 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW Group has reported record results for full year 2017 - sales volume, revenues and earnings.

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