CARS . CARS . CARS

Motoring journalist writing on the automotive industry

Richard Aucock
Winning the 2005 GoMW Saab Young Journalist of the Year Award

Winning the 2005 GoMW Saab Young Journalist of the Year Award

A decade ago was a lifetime ago: I was officially still a young writer and, to my electrified thrill that...

Audi Exit Warning: cleverly overcoming a frightening motoring danger

Audi Exit Warning: cleverly overcoming a frightening motoring danger

Exiting a car parked streetside is a danger that should be avoidable but hasn’t been until now. Sat in the...

Switched on: 3 in 4 Nissan LEAF owners would buy another

Switched on: 3 in 4 Nissan LEAF owners would buy another

And we have an answer for the 25% who wouldn’t, promises Nissan

Autonomous cars are already crash-free: can people now stop driving into them?

Autonomous cars are already crash-free: can people now stop driving into them?

A preliminary study of autonomous cars has found that they are already impossible to crash – but still crash. Why? Because they're crashed into...

Volkswagen Group’s 600,000 employees can tear up the Strategy 2018 memo: there’s a new interim corporate plan to learn

Volkswagen Group’s 600,000 employees can tear up the Strategy 2018 memo: there’s a new interim corporate plan to learn

Crisis-hit Volkswagen Group appears to have torn up its Strategy 2018 masterplan that committed it to becoming the largest car...

Japan politely reminds us why it’s a powerhouse at Tokyo 2015

Japan politely reminds us why it’s a powerhouse at Tokyo 2015

Carlos Ghosn commands a presence as mesmerising as you’d expect from one of the automotive industry’s most powerful players. His...

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How a BMW launch car mis-spec lost it a review star

The pre-facelift BMW F30 3 Series was a class-leading five-star car whose crown was only recently usurped by the surprisingly...

Rolex 24 Hours: a guide to the car classes

Rolex 24 Hours: a guide to the car classes

The Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona is underway as I type, with a field of 67 cars wowing those...

Jaguar performance cars: the story behind the badge

Jaguar performance cars: the story behind the badge

How well do you know your Jaguar badges? This one above – what does the colours and shape signify? If,...

Rover: the rise of the terrible teens (but should we save the temper tantrums?)

Rover: the rise of the terrible teens (but should we save the temper tantrums?)

How many teenage Rovers are on the roads? More than you may think, thanks to an eye-opening quirk caused by...

New MINI launch code Easter Egg

New MINI launch code Easter Egg

The all-new 2014 MINI has been revealed today – and here’s one detail you may not have spotted: the registration...

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Porsche 911 50th Anniversary: GREEN dials!

I’m a car dial geek. So it was with relish that, sidetracked from 918 Spyder fever for a moment, I...

Motor industry news: September 2013

Motor industry news: September 2013

29 September God love Ferdinand Piech. He wants an 1199c Ducati Superquadro V-twin version of the EV hybrid VW XL1,...

Jaguar F-Type washer bottle

Why the Jaguar F-type windscreen washer bottle is so smart

The windscreen washer bottle department within JLR is bringing some impressive work to market at the moment. We’ve already seen...

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The day I met David Gandy in a Jaguar

Hi, I’m David. What a nice chap, I thought. Very sharp suit he was sporting, too. I wished I’d worn...

Mercedes-Benz reinvents the fuel gauge

Mercedes-Benz reinvents the fuel gauge

BAN THE ELECTRONIC FUEL GAUGE NOW. A campaign I started in 2011 but which surprisingly has failed to take off. Today,...

ETA: why in Germany it is dynamic

ETA: why in Germany it is dynamic

ETA racing made the headlines in the UK a few months ago. There was a spate of crashes blamed on...

The growth of the oil temperature gauge: why carmakers want us to love their engines

The growth of the oil temperature gauge: why carmakers want us to love their engines

When the man from Williams Advanced Engineering started the engine of the Jaguar C-X75 from cold, he was strict with...

Porsche 911 dials from 993 to 991: mixing oil and water

Porsche 911 dials from 993 to 991: mixing oil and water

The Porsche 911’s five-dial instrument binnacle is part of the model’s DNA. Losing this would be like fiddling with the...

RideLondon 2013 review: pain and determination

RideLondon 2013 review: pain and determination

Two weeks ago, I rode the RideLondon 2013 100 miles from London to Surrey and back. Only now do my...