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Motoring journalist writing on the automotive industry

Richard Aucock
2013 Mazda6: inspired by the Citroen XM

2013 Mazda6: inspired by the Citroen XM

The new Mazda6 is a cleverly-engineered car whose intelligence even stretches to the load bay of the pretty wagon. Open...

Drivers, be sporty: twiddle the knobs

Drivers, be sporty: twiddle the knobs

F1 cars have the most amazing steering wheels, packed with buttons, knobs and paddles. How drivers mastermind it all in...

News: December 2012

News: December 2012

31 December FORD sales will again top 2 million in 2012 and the Focus is its best-selling world car. JAGUAR has hinted...

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: the car industry got it

Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: the car industry got it

Pantone reveals a Colour of the Year annually: this year, it is Emerald green. To the car industry, this will...

Chevrolet Volt fuel saving: 5 million gallons – and counting

Chevrolet Volt fuel saving: 5 million gallons – and counting

Chevrolet Volt owners have saved 5 million (US) gallons of petrol to date – and each is also saving more...

Wifi win: a JLR success

Wifi win: a JLR success

Wifi is an essential tool of the modern motoring journalist and my frustrations with hotels’ profiteering here are well documented. ...

Aston Martin Gaydon HQ: the story of the floating yellow V8 Vantage

Aston Martin Gaydon HQ: the story of the floating yellow V8 Vantage

Those who have visited Aston Martin’s beautiful HQ at Gaydon will be familiar with it: the yellow V8 Vantage that’s...

Range Rover Evoque: how it was inspirational even before launch

Range Rover Evoque: how it was inspirational even before launch

The Range Rover Evoque has been hit from the moment it was revealed to the world on July 1 2010...

Image imagine: Jaguar F-Type

Image imagine: Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type brochure has drawn me in: on a recent flight to Canada, I happily sat flicking through it,...

News: November 2012

News: November 2012

26 November ASTON MARTIN owner Investment Dar Co (which holds a 90% stake) has reportedly received two bids for 50% of...

The growth of JLR

The growth of JLR

I didn’t realise it until the press conference was just about to start: the 2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 and...

Fiesta sat nav: Ford finally finds its way

Fiesta sat nav: Ford finally finds its way

Ford has righted a wrong: the new 2013 Fiesta has factory-fit sat nav at last.  The argument at the car’s...

Do Volkswagens keep you awake at night?

Do Volkswagens keep you awake at night?

If you want to stay awake behind the wheel at night, don’t drink coffee: drive a middle-aged Volkswagen. It seems...

Lexus: it’s still all about the buttons

Lexus: it’s still all about the buttons

BMW was the first, with its controversial and much-derided iDrive system. Premium rivals snorted. Then rolled out their own button-replacing...

Wet weather driving: how clever car engineers are making it safer

Wet weather driving: how clever car engineers are making it safer

The weather is atrocious right now. Enter the bad weather driving guides, to help millions of British motorists keep their...

Pugsey debuts for BBC Children In Need!

Peugeot has created something utterly charming and quite brilliant for BBC Children In Need 2012 – the Pudsey Peugeot badge…...

What’s the appeal of an Audi?

What’s the appeal of an Audi?

So I’m sat in my long term Audi A4, trying to work out why I like it so much. I’ve...

Motor industry news archive: October 2012

Motor industry news archive: October 2012

28 October INDUSTRY: The only European top 10 brand to increase sales in the last quarter was Audi. VW was down...

Aston Martin in Skyfall surprise

Aston Martin in Skyfall surprise

The new Aston Martin Vanquish may not appear in the new James Bond Skyfall movie, but the British firm has...

Car insurance: why it’s so expensive

Car insurance: why it’s so expensive

Interesting chat with Head of SMMT Communications Keith Lewis last night, as the thorny subject of car insurance prices, restrictions...