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Inside Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace

By Andrew Marsh, 16.12.15
News Articleed in: Featured | New Model Information
XE XF F-Pace 00
Once upon a time the Jaguar part of JLR built fine products which, globally, simply not enough people bought. The quality of the vehicles regularly topped JD Power customer satisfaction surveys both in the USA as well as Europe, in stark contrast to Land Rover. Thanks to immense investment on the part of Ford Motor ...

Inside the Vauxhall Astra K…..

By Andrew Marsh, 09.11.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | New Model Information | Public
Astra K 0
Only a few years ago, in the depth of the financial crisis that sent General Motors (GM) into bankruptcy there was a much bigger crisis developing in Europe. One division – Saab – was off loaded with much brand damage in the process only then to go bust – whilst Vauxhall Opel continued to lose ...

Inside the Toyota Prius4….

By Andrew Marsh, 02.11.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | New Model Information | Public
Toyota Prius 4_1
The latest generation of Prius was revealed in Las Vegas during September 2015, and will start deliveries in Japan by December 2015 – in Europe we will wait until February 2016. The principles are the same as Prius3: 1.8l Atkinson cycle petrol engine driving the front wheels with a one electric motor and one generator ...

IAA 2015 – the big connectivity push

By Andrew Marsh, 02.10.15
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Public | Technology Trends
TomTom 3D HAD map
One floor of one hall was devoted to everything to do with the connected car. From smart solutions for short term vehicle hire though to smart vehicle sharing, many of these projects were funded by a at both German State and Federal level. The combined investment from the German Government along with national industry and ...

IAA 2015 – what other manufacturers got up to

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Nissan NP300 Navara king cab
There was a huge array of new vehicles and concepts on show but many of these had already been launched. Big introductions included the Renault Megane IV (using the same hard points as before), the Nissan NP300 Navara, Infiniti Q30 and a gaggle of new vehicle manufacturers too. Here are some selected highlights from vehicle ...

IAA 2015 – what vehicle manufacturers are buying

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
IAA 2015 suppliers
The Tier 1 suppliers uniquely use the Frankfurt show to display their latest technology and to engage with both existing customers as well as new clients. In this wat we can see what type of systems the vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) are going to introduce over the next 2 to 6 years. First, a reminder from ...

IAA 2015 – the Volkswagen Group

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Audi pavillon at IAA 2015. © Auto Industry Consulting Ltd
There were two halls devoted to all the VWG brands – overall there was far less technology on display and a somewhat subdued atmosphere. At the time of the show the reason for this was not clear… a week in the automotive industry is indeed a long time. Prof Dr Winterkorn announced that Volkswagen Group ...

IAA 2015 – Mercedes-Benz flexes it’s muscles

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Mercedes-Benz IAA concept at IAA 2015
Taking the prime position of the festival hall, this 7 story high temple to all things Daimler had one big omission.   Thanks to endless launches elsewhere (C class coupe, new GLC soft roader based on W205), there was only one new car on show. The much fabled and rather beautiful S class convertible. Yes, next ...

IAA 2015 – Borgward appears once more

By Andrew Marsh, 01.10.15
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Christian Borgward
BorgWard – having gone bust effectively in 1961 in the midst of allegations of market coercion,  the grandson of the founder (Christin Borgward, shown above) was part of a Chino-German consortium who bought the right to the brand name and put $250 million into developing a new vehicle. After the brand launch in Geneva this ...

IAA 2015 – what did BMW not show?

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
BMW pavilionat IAA 2015.
BMW Group had a whole hall dedicated to Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW. This featured a presentation area, a track with cars driving in and out of the building as well as numerous technology displays – it is nothing like any other show on earth. Rolls-Royce showed the Dawn, which like the Wraith and Ghost are ...
 
 
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