Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sell-out of Aston Martin and Red Bull “hypercar”

Aston Martin and Red Bull claim that all 150 road-going versions of the duo’s “ultimate hypercar”, the AM-RB 001, have been sold, together with a further 25 track-only models.

Monday, 5 December 2016

G&W Invests £5 million in machining capacity

Grainger & Worrall (G&W), which provides engine casting to Porsche, Aston Martin, Bugatti and McLaren, is to open a state-of-the-art, £5 million machining facility at its site in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Friday, 2 December 2016

VW bolsters Brazilian truck and bus offshoot

Following in the wake of taking a stake in Navistar International Corporation, Volkswagen AG is pitching in with a €420 million investment in Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus in Brazil to boost that business’s poduct portfolio. Intriguingly, Navistar too has operations in Brazil.

Aston Martin taps into Maserati/Ferrari

In an interesting move, Aston Martin has appointed Maximilian Szwaj as its new vice president and chief technical officer.

MINI output tops three million mark

Production of the modern version of the Austin/Morris Mini, designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and launched in 1959, has just topped three million.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Rolls-Royce goes four-wheel-drive at last

Is Rolls-Royce the last major automaker to adopt four-wheel drive? Certainly, aficionados of the marque will not have long to wait with 2018 as the launch date for the Cullinan with a price tag of circa £300,000.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

2017 Algeria assembly car/van assembly by VW

Next spring, SOVAC Production SPA will begin production of certain Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT and ŠKODA brands.

Euro electric vehicles to receive charge boost

Four major automakers have teamed up to create high-power charging points throughout Europe, paving the way for greater electric vehicle (EV) use.

Torotrak to fit KERS into Caterpillar wheel loader

Torotrak has secured funding to fit KERS technology into a wheel loader programme in collaboration with Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Illinois.

VW to launche new upper class model

Next March at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen will launch its new premium saloon, the Arteon, a totally new model which sits above Passat. Production begins in summer 2017.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

VW to quit selling diesels in the US

Whoever sanctioned Volkswagen’s ‘dieselgate’ will see the price the company is now paying as an executive says VW will exit diesel car sales in the US.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Škoda surpasses production record

Škoda, the butt of many jokes with its post-war rear-engine oversteering models, has just surpassed the one million mark of vehicles delivered in 2016.

Ricardo hits record engine output

Ricardo plc claims to have manufactured over 2,000 engines in the six months to the end of October, claiming this as a record for the company, and more than achieved in any previous full year.

Monday, 21 November 2016

How will US President-elect Trump react to GHG?

‘Global warming is a Chinese hoax designed to weaken US manufacturing’, according to US President-elect Donald Trump.  Alan Bunting asks: So can we expect the incoming Republican administration to scrap all greenhouse gas (GHG) control legislation?