Posts by richardaucock

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...

BMW 340i

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...

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,...

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...

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...