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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor reportedly coming Feb. 3 with new V-8 range-topper

There's a new F-150 on sale for 2021, and that means a new F-150 Raptor should also be arriving soon. Prototypes for the new Raptor have been spotted for over a year and Ford has confirmed we'll see it for 2021. The wait likely won't be too much longer as Car and Driver reported last week that ...

2022 Citroen SUV flagship spotted with saloon design cues

Successor to radical C6 will target Audi and BMW with premium focus and unconventional styling Citroën is gearing up to reveal a unique take on the D-segment saloon, with new images giving a preview of what is believed to be the spiritual successor to the C6. Spotted testing on public ...

New Honda HR-V hybrid crossover to be revealed on 18 February

New HR-V e:HEV will ditch pure petrol and diesel power for an exclusively electrified offering The new, third-generation Honda HR-V will be revealed on 18 February as an electrified crossover to rival the Ford Puma and Nissan Juke. Now officially called the HR-V e:HEV, the SUV will ...

Philippine sales fall almost 40% in 2020

New vehicle sales in the Philippines continued to fall in December 2020, by over 18% to 27,596 units from 33,715 in the same month of the previous year, according to member wholesale data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc (CAMPI) and the Truck ...

China Evergrande’s electric-vehicle ambitions stall

World’s most indebted property group’s strategy encounters delays and government scrutiny

Deal done and a Stellantis is born

The new corporate entity - Stellantis - resulting from the merger of Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has now come into being, the full merger completed.

Home charger rental service launched for UK EV owners

New app allows home charger owners to rent out their devices to drivers for around £1 to £2 per hour British start-up company Co Charger has developed a platform that allows people who own electric vehicle (EV) chargers to share them with drivers who don’t. Despite a £10 million ...

PPG to acquire Worwag

PPG has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Wörwag, a global manufacturer of coatings for industrial and automotive applications.

Opinion: How I weep for the death of the combustion engine

It's the beginning of the end for the mildly explosive form of wind instruments I can’t deny it – I am in mourning for the internal combustion engine. I know I’m far from alone. True, the factories that produce piston engines have far from clattered to silence and won’t in 2030 ...

Driving the cockpit revolution - Q&A with Visteon CEO

Forget what is under the hood, the battleground has shifted to what is inside the cockpit. Market leader Visteon has developed lots of cool new technologies to augment the cockpit electronics space, including large, curved, automotive-grade displays and its microZone technology that offers ...

2020 Brazil sales drop 26.2% but "strong" recovery likely

During a truly dramatic 2020, Brazilian sales, production and exports plummeted strongly, yet not as drastically as initially forecast in the early days and months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Predictions suggested a drop of over 40% but that ended up at 26.2%.

Spyker revival put on ice as CEO files for bankrupcy

Reports claim last year's investment by Russian businessmen fell through, and now Dutch sports car maker is "empty shell" Plans to revive the Dutch sports car company, Spyker, have been thrown into disarray as the firm's CEO has filed for bankrupcy, according to reports. First revealed ...

Hyundai to build fuel-cell plant in China in February

Hyundai Motor has signed an agreement with the Guangzhou Development District to establish a new company focused on the production and sale of hydrogen fuel cell power systems for vehicles.

Coroner demands smart motorway review after 'avoidable' deaths

Smart motorways use the hard shoulder as an active lane Two men killed in 2019 M1 lorry crash could have survived if there had been a hard shoulder The deaths of two men in a 2019 lorry crash could have been avoided, according to Sheffield coroner David Urpeth, who is leading ...

Autocar confidential: Rimac talks EVs, Renault's sustainable re-factory and more

Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up a week in gossip from across the automotive industry In this week's round-up of automotive gossip, we get Mate Rimac's unfiltered take on the differences between EV hypercars, explore how Renault is refurbishing its Flins factory and ...

Johnson Matthey battery materials plant to be powered by renewable electricity

Johnson Matthey, the auto battery and catalyst supplier, said its new battery cathode materials plant in Konin, Poland, would be powered solely by electricity from production start.

Top 10 best super-luxury cars 2020

If money is no object, what's the very best limousine in the world? Here's our guide to the cream of the super-luxury crop Autocar’s super-luxury chart takes in the best of the very best on four wheels: only the ultra-rare, ultra-expensive and ultra-luxurious get in. Most of the ...

Solvay launches hydrogen platform

Solvay has launched a hydrogen platform that will bring together all the material and chemical solutions the Group has to offer to advance the emerging hydrogen economy.

Global chip shortage: Audi furloughs 10,000 staff as production slows

Audi, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and others have been forced to restrict production worldwide due to shortage of semiconductors A global shortage of semiconductor computer chips continues to disrupt the automotive supply chain, with Audi's boss now admitting the problem will see huge ...

Top 10 best electric sports cars 2021

Some of the fastest cars on the planet are now powered by electricity. These are the best ones right now, along with the most anticipated You might wonder what, in this relatively new world of high-performance motoring, enthusiasts with bottomless pockets should set their sights ...

Renault's ambitious plan to reinvigorate brand

Renault's leadership team took to the stage last week to present the brand's bold new business plan, dubbed 'Renaulution'. The new strategy is built around the understanding that the company will now chase value rather than volume, aiming to make more profit from each sale rather than simply ...

PPG launches Traffic Solutions business unit

PPG has established a new business unit known as Traffic Solutions, following the company's December, 2020 acquisition of Ennis-Flint.

Microsoft invests in $30bn driverless car company Cruise

Software giant makes first major investment in sector in General Motors unit

Opinion: Why the perfect fleet needs two Vauxhall Insignias

To stop his Mercedes E350 V6 chewing a hole in his wallet, this writer has gone mainstream In the last eight months I have bought not one but two decade-old Vauxhall Insignias. The first one - a 2009 2.0 turbo petrol hatch in range-topping Elite trim - was so impressive I have just bought ...

Hyundai Tucson Ultimate 1.6 T-GDi 2021 UK review

All-wheel-drive version of the new, sharp-suited best-seller gets a 48V helping hand Hyundai’s family-sized Tucson SUV is its best-selling model to date, now in its fourth generation since its 2004 debut, so you’d expect it to come in plenty of versions. Most are two-wheel drive, but there ...

WeRide launches new fundraising round

WeRide, a leading Chinese autonomous driving technology company, announced it had launched a series-C fundraising round, according to local reports.

James Ruppert: For truly bargain bangers, go East

Proton Gen-2 offers a lot of family car for less than £1000 Far East budget brands do a great line in good-value used cars I am not sure if there really is such a thing as a used car world atlas any more, where you can point at a region of the globe and declare that everything ...

German carmakers enlist Merkel as they battle chip shortage

Car industry lobby is hoping political pressure can be used to accelerate production in Asia

Audi confirms PPE-based electric models for China

New joint venture with Chinese firm FAW aims to increase Audi's market presence in China Audi has confirmed plans to produce new electric cars based on the Volkswagen Group’s new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) in China from 2024. The yet-to-be-named Audi models will be produced ...

Joe Biden - what the auto industry can expect

After a tumultuous election process in 2020, President-Elect Joe Biden is due to be sworn into office tomorrow (20th January). From the outset of his campaign for office, Biden has made it clear that he intends to introduce some significant policy shifts in an effort to reverse some of the ...

GM to invest $800 million to convert CAMI into Canada's first large-scale commercial electric vehicle manufacturing plant

Subject to ratification of a tentative 2021 agreement reached with Canadian auto workers union Unifor and confirmation of government support, General Motors plans to bring production of its recently announced BrightDrop electric light commercial vehicle, the EV600, to its CAMI manufacturing ...

Turkey automotive production down 11% in 2020

Automotive production in Turkey decreased by 11% to 1.3m units in 2020, according to data released by Turkey's Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD). Exports in 2020 were down by 27% to 916,543 units.

Yanfeng monitoring semiconductor shortage

Yanfeng has joined the list of suppliers evaluating the current shortage of semiconductors, which has affected automakers and electroncis makers.

Autocar magazine 20 January - on sale now

This week: Renault 5 revived as electric supermini, Mercedes-Benz EQA driven, the evolution of car cockpit design and more The Renault 5 is set for a radical reimagining as an electric supermini, as part of a major product offensive from the French brand.  Set to go into production ...

Cruise, GM and Microsoft combine to commercialise AVs

Cruise and parent General Motors said they had entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialisation of self-driving vehicles.

Porsche sales dip in 2020

Porsche said it delivered 272,162 new cars worldwide last year, only 3% below its record 2019, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Porsche Taycan: new rear-driven base model takes price to £70k

Base Taycan comes to European markets with up to 469bhp, reducing entry price to EV by £13,000 Porsche has expanded its Taycan electric sports saloon line-up in Europe with a new entry-level, rear-wheel-drive model. The entry-level model, first made available in China last summer, is ...

Analysis: electric car charging is still hit and miss

Ionity provides by far the fastest chargers in the UK, at 350kW Myriad suppliers, complex payment processes and unreliability make it a gamble The axiom that new technology is created to make our lives easier seems to have been ignored when establishing the UK’s electric vehicle ...

Boss of newly merged FCA and PSA warns on UK investment

Stellantis chief Carlos Tavares says electric rules and Brexit risk ‘destroying the business model’ of Vauxhall plant

Updated 2021 Lexus LS brings new technology from £78,900

Flagship saloon gains improved suspension, more autonomous driving features and a 12.3in touchscreen Lexus is taking its LS luxury saloon flagship into 2021 with new technology, updated styling and “even smoother driving performance”. The facelifted BMW 7 Series rival will ...

Stellantis boss warns 2030 ban could close Vauxhall UK factory

Carlos Tavares says a decision on the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant is imminent Stellantis boss Carlos Tavares says that the newly merged firm will decide the fate of Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in the coming weeks - warning that the UK government’s ‘brutal’ decision ...

Stellantis appoints Top Executive Team

Stellantis has appointed its Top Executive Team, together with the nine dedicated committees covering company-wide performance and strategy.

Ex-Aston Martin boss: "Build batteries or lose UK car industry"

Dr Andy Palmer warns Prime Minister that ‘rules of origin’ make UK battery production vital after Brexit An urgent plan to build four battery ‘gigafactories’ in the UK within the next five years is vital to avoid losing the entire UK automotive industry, according to former Aston ...

R&D and e-mobility bosses promoted in VW management shuffle

Frank Welsch is new head of group quality management and strategy MEB platform developer Frank Welsch moves to newly created quality role, is replaced by Thomas Ulbrich Volkswagen R&D boss Frank Welsch has been promoted to head of Volkswagen Group quality management and strategy, ...

Season preview: 2021 World Rally Championship

Ahead of this weekend’s Monte Carlo Rally, we look at who’s the favourite to lift the 2021 WRC crown The 2021 World Rally Championship has got off to a complicated start even before the first stage of the Monte Carlo Rally. Rally Sweden is gone, replaced by the Arctic Rally: an event ...

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