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Motoring journalist writing on the automotive industry

Richard Aucock
Showroom appeal for cars: why it’s now more important than ever

Showroom appeal for cars: why it’s now more important than ever

The Peugeot 2008 test car I currently have on loan has delivered the fastest positive-impact impression of any mainstream car...

Kia shows the challenge Renault has ahead

Kia shows the challenge Renault has ahead

The Renault fightback is underway with the able, standout new Clio 4 and perfectly timed new Captur leading the product...

Skoda cycling: swapping car for bike in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon

Skoda cycling: swapping car for bike in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon

Tomorrow, I’m getting up at 5am to apprehensively line up with thousands of other riders to take part in the...

How I was surprised by a Skoda engine

How I was surprised by a Skoda engine

Dammit, I had a double take surprise this week, due to an engine not being what I thought it was....

Motor industry news – July 2013

Motor industry news – July 2013

31 July Suzuki president Osamu Suzuki and VW chairman Ferdinand Piech are reportedly in talks to sort out the mess of their...

7 lessons Jaguar should learn from the X-Type

7 lessons Jaguar should learn from the X-Type

The baby Jaguar has been coming for years. Now, it seems it might actually be coming after all, after years...

McLaren Automotive COO to CEO: what does it mean?

McLaren Automotive COO to CEO: what does it mean?

McLaren has promoted current chief operating officer Mike Flewitt to chief executive officer: the new role is effective immediately and...

Motor industry news – June 2013

Motor industry news – June 2013

28 June Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and now Volvo are entering the Australian V8 Supercars series long dominated by Ford and Holden...

British Grand Prix 2013: Silverstone armchair live blog

British Grand Prix 2013: Silverstone armchair live blog

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is here at last – and it’s sunny, and the grandstands look full, and...

A day in a Vauxhall Insignia VXR Supersport: warts and all, I’m sold

A day in a Vauxhall Insignia VXR Supersport: warts and all, I’m sold

My #MSNCarsF1tour took place as Friday morning practice of the 2013 British GP was washed out. Didn’t I know it....

LM24 live blog (from the armchair)

LM24 live blog (from the armchair)

The bulk of the nation’s motoring journalists are at Le Mans for the 24-hour race this weekend… but not all...

Vauxhall has decided what will happen to the Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall has decided what will happen to the Zafira Tourer

Why it is good news for Ellesmere Port

Particulate problems: it’s not just diesels

Particulate problems: it’s not just diesels

Particulate emissions from diesel cars have long been the bête noir of the fuel, and thus been a focus of...

6 things I learnt about Adobe Connect

6 things I learnt about Adobe Connect

A holiday on the Isle of Wight meant I was not able to attend the latest MIPAA Social Media New...

Motor industry news: May 2013

Motor industry news: May 2013

31 May Subaru sales in the US are booming. They were up 25% in April, 17% YTD. The firm now expects...

Britain is right: the Ford Fiesta is brilliant

Britain is right: the Ford Fiesta is brilliant

Britain's got talent in choosing new cars.

Living with an Aston Martin Rapide S: live blog

Living with an Aston Martin Rapide S: live blog

I have an Aston Martin Rapide S this weekend and will be using it just like I use my Kia...

An Englishman in New York: Michael Manley

An Englishman in New York: Michael Manley

The surprise of the Jeep Cherokee reveal at NYIAS wasn’t just the rather striking appearance of the vehicle itself: it...

Peugeot now on its marks: 308 MkII

Peugeot now on its marks: 308 MkII

Peugeot may have finally rectified years of poor performance in Europe’s second-largest car sector with the all-new 308 hatch. Not...

Range Rover Sport: the washer bottle reveals its roots

Range Rover Sport: the washer bottle reveals its roots

The new Range Rover Sport is, on paper, a fine example of smart work from Land Rover, something that’s becoming...