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Motoring journalist writing on the automotive industry

Richard Aucock
What’s going to happen to the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer?

What’s going to happen to the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer?

Last year, I took delivery of a very dour-looking Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, fully expecting not to be impressed. The fact...

The logic I use to search the classifieds

The logic I use to search the classifieds

What’s the best way of guaranteeing that the used cars you’re looking at online while watching Come Dine With Me...

Aston Martin Lagonda SUV: the Porsche Cayenne rival that never was

Aston Martin Lagonda SUV: the Porsche Cayenne rival that never was

Remember the fuss caused by an iconic British sportscar maker at the Geneva Motor Show when it revealed a bold...

Nissan trims VAT

Nissan trims VAT

The Nissan LEAF is the latest model in the quasi-British company’s line-up to receive the Visia-Acenta-Tekna trim structure. It’s been...

Auto industry news: March 2013

Auto industry news: March 2013

31 March 1 in 2 European cyclists killed in a collision collide with a car, says Volvo. Is Zytec considering...

New York Motor Show: what I found out about Ford

New York Motor Show: what I found out about Ford

I promised to check out the Ford US car stand at the New York Motor Show this week: how fortuitous...

Why I’m now a card-carrying Ford fan

Why I’m now a card-carrying Ford fan

Were you a card-carrying Ford fan at the New York Motor Show? Thanks to an initiative from the blue oval,...

Book review: American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford

Book review: American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford

I normally review cars, not books. But the sheer scale of change in the car industry since the downturn of...

New York Motor Show: finding Ford

New York Motor Show: finding Ford

I’m writing from Heathrow T5, waiting for a flight to New York, and the 2013 New York International Auto Show....

Live blog: how quickly does an EV battery run down?

Live blog: how quickly does an EV battery run down?

I have a Smart ED on test this week and it has an 88% full battery showing a 50-mile range....

Cabriolet or convertible?

Cabriolet or convertible?

An open-top VW Beetle is a Cabriolet. A roofless Jaguar XK is a convertible. What’s the difference? Who better to...

The Geneva Motor Show 2013 Blog

The Geneva Motor Show 2013 Blog

Geneva Motor Show 2013 is upon us and, along with hundreds of fellow British motoring journalists, I’ll be out there...

Black Line: move over Audi and Porsche, Skoda got there first

Black Line: move over Audi and Porsche, Skoda got there first

Both Audi and Porsche have well-established Black Line editions of their cars. Used either to boost value in key market...

Dacia: a budget brand with classic premium traits

Dacia: a budget brand with classic premium traits

The Dacia Sandero Access, Britain’s cheapest new car, doesn’t have a radio as standard. That’s partly why it’s so cheap. It...

Caterham forced to move out of Caterham

Caterham forced to move out of Caterham

Caterham Cars is having to find a new home following the overturning of a planning decision by the local council...

Steering feel twin test: Porsche 991 911 v Ford Mondeo

Steering feel twin test: Porsche 991 911 v Ford Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo has better steering feel than the Porsche 991 911 – could it really be so? Well, there...

Why do car makers like conquest customers?

Why do car makers like conquest customers?

Car makers like winning sales from people who have previously bought one of their competitors’ cars. These are called conquest...

Motor industry news: January 2013

Motor industry news: January 2013

26 January HONDA wants to sell 6 million cars a year by 2017. It currently sells 4 million a year. 1.5 million...

The Alfa Romeo vans

The Alfa Romeo vans

Alfa Romeo made a modern van: really, who knew? Scratch that – Alfa Romeo made TWO vans. And now seems...

Land Rover Defender: target 70 years?

Land Rover Defender: target 70 years?

Land Rover launched its first model in 1948. This will make it 70 years old in 2018. What are the...