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White nights and networking in St Petersburg

22 Jun 2016 | Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.

New Normal becomes New Reality in BRIC parlance

15 Jun 2016 | Simon Warburton

Russia or more specifically, St Petersburg, is hosting its 16th International Economic Forum here in its mighty second city and it's a continued show of defiance against a West, which is equally stubborn in its insistence of maintaining a frosty disapproval of The Kremlin's Crimea and possibly Eastern Ukraine involvement

Colossal China powers on

8 Jun 2016 | Simon Warburton

I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country.

China Hot Pot

6 Jun 2016 | Simon Warburton

Given the startling complexity of obtaining a journalist visa for China - the code 'J2' is now indelibly stamped on my mind - it was with some surprise how swiftly I managed to sail through airport immigration in China - the Russians scrutinise visas for an interminable time.

Zlatan says, buy a Volvo

1 Jun 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars is teaming up with footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the European launch campaign of the V90 premium estate. He's an enigmatic chap, for sure, but he can certainly play football.

A little help for vets settling back in

10 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Sadly, returned vets don't always get the help they need, returning to civvy life with physical and mental scars yet to heal fully.

Tesla's Gigafactory - world's biggest building

9 May 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The hype over Tesla's so-called 'Gigafactory' is reaching new levels with the release of drone footage showing its sheer size.

Upcoming LMC Automotive forecasting event and Brexit panel

6 May 2016 | Dave Leggett

LMC Automotive has a forecasting event with a very strong European focus coming up.

Opel CEO shares 'metrics for success'

4 May 2016 | Dave Leggett

Earlier this year, Opel said that CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann would expand his social communication activities to LinkedIn as a member of the "influencer" programme limited to 500 participants worldwide

Q1 financials generally good, but will the going get tougher?

4 May 2016 | Dave Leggett

We’re well into Q1 results season and there are one or two interesting straws in the wind.

just-auto takes a break

29 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett

It is raining and unseasonably cool here in the UK, a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent.

How Fisher Body did it back in the day

29 Apr 2016 | Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),

Mitsubishi's not-so-happy history

20 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi is in the news today and it reminded me of a bit of history. Some of you may recall the auto industry and Japanese public were stunned when it emerged in the summer of 2000 that Mitsubishi had systematically hid auto defects to avoid recalls for more than 20 years.

Servicing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

19 Apr 2016 | Graeme Roberts

According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.

Queen of Parts

18 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett

The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday this week (April 21).

Tesla charms again

6 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett

I just looked at Tesla Motors stock price and it’s been moving up since February.

Faring well in Moscow

23 Mar 2016 | Simon Warburton

While in Moscow last week, I needed to find a cab back from the centre of town, a stone's throw from Moscow's infamous KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka and not much further to The Kremlin, so right slap in the heart of the city.

Honda's ASIMO becomes official Narita airport greeter

22 Mar 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor's ASIMO robot, in evolving iterations, has been around for years - it's always a smash hit with the public at motor shows or the huge Honda headquarters showroom in downtown Tokyo. Today came news the automaker plans to conduct demonstrations of its 'bipedal humanoid robot' at Narita International Airport for a week from Monday, 28 March to 3 April.

Russian resilience will see it through crisis

18 Mar 2016 | Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.

Russia moving in right direction?

15 Mar 2016 | Simon Warburton

Arriving in Moscow this week for the Russian Automotive Forum via a 100% full Lufthansa flight from Munich - for all its troubles this country is still clearly a big draw - I needed to find who was showing the quarter finals of the English FA Cup football.

Ken Block and his doughnuts/donuts

15 Mar 2016 | Dave Leggett

There has been something of a media furore in the UK this week involving filming for the news series of BBC's Top Gear.

BMW acknowledges a dark history cloud

8 Mar 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Amid all the expected ra-ra over its 100th birthday, BMW has tacitly acknowledged its use of slave labour to build aero engines during World War Two. The company should be commended for being up-front and, of course, it addresses any awkward questions before they are asked.

Do Toyota designers have children?

2 Mar 2016 | Graeme Roberts

With the rider I haven't seen one in the metal and the interior apparently is still to be revealed in Toyota's interminable drip-feed of pictures and concepts leading up to the 'production' reveal of the C-HR SUV in Geneva this week, I have one question - do the Calty stylists have children?

Charity begins with apprentices

26 Feb 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A lot of good stuff involving charities goes on behind the automaking scenes here in England.

Nissan's 'self-parking office chairs'

22 Feb 2016 | Dave Leggett

Have to admit, this made me laugh. Nissan has come up with a tidy solution to the age-old problem of wandering chairs in the open plan office.

The first VW Kombi revised, based on the new T1

11 Feb 2016 | Glenn Brooks

What would a new version of the original Volkswagen Transporter look like, using the latest T6 model as the base vehicle? The answer to that question is fascinating to see.

The consolidation game

9 Feb 2016 | Dave Leggett

Consolidation in the supplier sector continues apace. Companies are positioning themselves to be well placed for future growth; that means reviewing product portfolios, technology capabilities, market geography and degrees of specialisation. It can lead to M&A activity and it can also mean the divestment of company business units, too.

Why PSA might be on to something with the DS brand

25 Jan 2016 | Dave Leggett

I got to visit the Louvre museum in Paris last week with PSA Peugeot-Citroen. It was a pretty lavish affair for a facelift to the DS 3 model, but the scale of the event and the lavishness points to how important the premium DS brand is to PSA.

The old and the new

11 Jan 2016 | Dave Leggett

This is coming to you from a chilly Detroit. I am in town this week for the auto show (NAISA) and to attend some industry conferences.

Happy New Year!

4 Jan 2016 | Dave Leggett

Let me begin 2016 by wishing everyone reading this a very Happy New Year! If you had a festive break, I hope it was a good one. It seemed to pass rather quickly for me, as ever.

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