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Great cars on a warm English autumn day – part 2

By Jack Regan, 11.09.12
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Rolls-Royce owners dine at Goodwood factory 2012
Pictured above is a collection of Rolls-Royce owners dining on the very assembly line at Goodwood that ordinarily makes Phantom and Ghost cars. Yet how many owners of ultra exotic cars like Bentley or Rolls-Royce realize the primary difference between vehicles made to day and those from not so many decades ago? The vehicles which ...

The real significance of Volkswagen MQB ‘kit’

By Andrew Marsh, 07.09.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
The real significance of Volkswagen MQB kit
There are at least two approaches a vehicle manufacturer can take when designing new generations of models – design each one as if they made no other vehicle, or try to share major investments right across as many models as possible. Most volume manufacturers try very, very hard to do the latter, ranging from common ...

JLR expand the global production sites and consider Saudi Arabia

By Jack Regan,
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Range Rover L405 front three quarter
JLR currently, have evolved their model programmes into distinct sub groups (Freelander2 / LR2 with Range Rover Evoque, Discovery 4 / LR4 with Range Rover Sport, XJ with the all-new 2013 Range Rover, XK with the new F-type) leaving two orphans – the Land Rover Defender and XF. True key engines are shared across many ...

NEVS secure Saab plant and name, but are they out of the woods?

By Andrew Marsh, 05.09.12
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Saab 9-3 TTiD MY11 saloon front three quarter
NEVS were held to account by the Swedish administrators for Saab  - by the 31st August 2012 there had to be cash on the table for the package on offer, which was most of the factory complex in Trollhättan, the rights to the Epsilon 1 based 9-3 as well as the rights to the re-mastered ...

International regulations and vehicle manufacturers

By Jack Regan, 18.08.12
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Chery J3 and Great Wall Wingle
The day vehicles are sent to lands way beyond the country of origin is always strange – for a mature manufacturer with a strong support network in the destination market, a solid understanding of the destination market consumer expectations and a rigorous development programme any uncertainty should be miniscule. Consider manufacturers who break into a ...

Audi and the last 1939 Auto Union ‘Typ D’ racer part 1

By Jack Regan, 13.08.12
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Auto Union Typ D 1939 front three quarter
Imagine a top flight racing series such as CART or F1 where two teams have a budget greater than all the teams put together. That is what happened when the Grand Prix series decided to head off the rise of super powerful cars by introducing a 750 kg weight limit formula (without fluids or driver) ...

Audi and the last 1939 Auto Union ‘Typ D’ racer part 2

By Jack Regan,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles
Auto Union Typ D 1939 rear three quarter
The attraction of such machines is that they are almost purely mechanical, and built from the ground up with superlative craftsmanship even though the raw materials of the era were not too brilliant. Objectively however, we can see: The driver is surrounded behind and to each side by large aluminium fuel tanks, filled with ethanol. ...

GM, Spyker and NEVS – the Saab story continues….

By Jack Regan, 10.08.12
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Spyker D12 Bejing to Paris SUV
What a week this has been. Spyker once again stirred from apparent oblivion to try to get a very, very large luxury SUV off the ground, whilst NEVS seem to have difficulties in getting their Swedish adventure to live and GM got a writ for $3 billion dollars for ‘wrong doing’ t the end of ...

Why would BMW Group consider a plant in the Netherlands?

By Andrew Marsh, 09.07.12
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Nedcar production cars 1972 to 2012
The rump of what was DAF has been owned in part in the past by Volvo Car Corp and by Mitsubishi, whilst also remaining a Dutch owned business called ‘Nedcar’. The  plant in Born has produced pure DAF cars, adapted Renaults marked as Volvo and adapted Mitsubishi cars marked as Volvo too. Whilst the research ...

Porsche join the Volkswagen Group family 05th July 2012

By Andrew Marsh, 05.07.12
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Porsche pavilion at Autostadt 2012
In an amazingly predictable way, Porsche SE will become part of Volkswagen Group. The agreement sees a ‘value’ of around €26 billion which Porsche own in Volkswagen Group bought for just €4.46 billion. The reason? Investors and financial market traders burnt by trying to outwit Porsche keep launching actions in an attempt to recover their ...
 
 
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