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Motoring journalist writing on the automotive industry

Richard Aucock
Paris Motor Show 2012: what hashtag to use?

Paris Motor Show 2012: what hashtag to use?

Motor show hashtags are vital for committed tweeters. And some are obvious: what else happens in #geneva12 other than a...

News: August 2012

News: August 2012

Motor industry news 19/8: European car sales have declined 22% since 2007. (Auto News) 11/8: France wants the EU to...

F-Type: Jaguar’s Evoque

F-Type: Jaguar’s Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque continues to be an incredible success for Land Rover: it’s so popular, the factory building it...

OK, that’s it: VW SHOULD buy Alfa Romeo

OK, that’s it: VW SHOULD buy Alfa Romeo

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne this week announced an investment freeze for Fiat Auto. There will be no cash for new...

News: July 2012

News: July 2012

Motor industry news 31/7: The Chinese car market grew 48% in H1 2012, 3.4% in H1 2011 and 2.9% in...

Kia cee’d steering on the button

Kia cee’d steering on the button

Fiat was first to offer the choice of two levels of steering weight to mainstream buyers. Courtesy of the City...

Launch of the Year 2011: another Range Rover Evoque award

Launch of the Year 2011: another Range Rover Evoque award

Launch of the year 2011? The Range Rover Evoque event in Liverpool, says marketing survey specialist Advent. Again, the Evoque...

My lumbar support epiphany

My lumbar support epiphany

Great seats are a given for high-mileage drivers: little make long trips more miserable than the literality of poor seats...

Lo-fi wifi: it has to change

Lo-fi wifi: it has to change

If a motoring journalist on a press launch does not have wifi, they can’t do their job. Bold statement. But...

Suzuki: the brand quietly on the up

Suzuki: the brand quietly on the up

Suzuki sales have been quietly rocketing in 2012: gains of 30% here, 20% there are an ever-present highlight of the...

Is the rain bracing? You need an Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Is the rain bracing? You need an Aston Martin V12 Vantage

More rainfall records are due to be broken in coming days: the typical British summer is outdoing itself this year...

News: June 2012

News: June 2012

Auto industry 23/6: The French automotive industry accounts for 10% of the workforce. (inautonews) 20/6: The compact saloon segment (into...

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: heat soak

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: heat soak

Big engine, small car: open the bonnet of the mighty Aston Martin V12 Vantage and you face a motor that...

Blow me: in AMG, it’s all down to the driver

Blow me: in AMG, it’s all down to the driver

Great line from AMG boss Thomas Rappel, when describing how authentic the MCT gearbox is, particularly in full manual mode....

Bentley bosses: family first

Bentley bosses: family first

Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer has been called back to Germany to lead VW Group profit powerhouse Audi’s future product plans...

AMG: we will never do a model without Mercedes

AMG: we will never do a model without Mercedes

AMG will never build a standalone model as carrying Mercedes branding is considered a key part of the cars’ appeal....

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: the long and short of it

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe: the long and short of it

It’s easy to get hung up on details. Take the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. A longer wheelbase than the...

News: May 2012

News: May 2012

Industry 27/5:By 2014, the Russian new car market is expected to be the biggest in the European region, growing 28...

7 Le Mans insights from Audi

7 Le Mans insights from Audi

Le Mans comes around every year in June, and there’s no more successful modern-day team at the world-famous French event...

What I’m doing this weekend: driving the Kia cee’d

What I’m doing this weekend: driving the Kia cee’d

This weekend, I’ve waved the family goodbye and headed to Heathrow for a flight over to Geneva. Why? The launch...