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Mercedes-AMG buys 25% of bike firm MV Agusta

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 31 October 2014 15:02

Daimler’s AMG go-faster division today announced it’s bought a 25% stake in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta, giving it access to technical know-how behind lightweight three-cylinder engines and more besides. No price has been put on the deal, but the long-term partnership puts a Daimler director on MV Agusta’s board and the two companies will include collaboration on sales and ...

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Mercedes-AMG buys 25% of bike firm MV Agusta

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 31 October 2014 15:02

Daimler’s AMG go-faster division today announced it’s bought a 25% stake in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta, giving it access to technical know-how behind lightweight three-cylinder engines and more besides. No price has been put on the deal, but the long-term partnership puts a Daimler director on MV Agusta’s board and the two companies will include collaboration on sales and ...

Why Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine factory is a watershed moment for UK plc

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Ben Oliver, 31 October 2014 09:50

Yesterday's opening by The Queen of Jaguar Land Rover's new Engine Manufacturing Centre made the BBC Breakfast show and Radio 4's Today programme. But it still didn't attract the fanfare it deserves. Some might struggle to get excited about the launch of a less-than-snappily titled factory making engines - not sexy whole cars - on the outskirts of Wolverhampton. But ...

Fiat Chrysler to spin off Ferrari in 2015

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 29 October 2014 17:50

Fiat Chrysler today surprised analysts by announcing plans to spin off its Ferrari sports car brand next year in a bid to raise capital to fund its €48 billion growth plan. The board has agreed to spin off Ferrari in 2015, as well as list a 10% stake on the stock exchange - in an apparent U-turn on the leadership’s ...

Land Rover confirms plan to build Disco Sport in Brazil

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 29 October 2014 16:31

Land Rover today confirmed it would build its Freelander successor, the Discovery Sport, at a new Jag Land Rover (JLR) factory in Brazil from 2016. The company is spending £240 million on the new facility in Italiaia by the end of 2020 and will have the capacity to build 24,000 vehicles a year. That’s relatively small fry compared with the ...

Seat to launch two SUVs in new product splurge

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 29 October 2014 09:42

Seat will pin its hopes of a successful turnaround on the launch of two, and possibly three, new SUVs - and the first is only 18 months away, the chairman has confirmed to CAR. Chairman Jürgen Stackmann revealed that a pair of SUVs were in the product cycle, led by a compact crossover paired with the next-generation VW Tiguan. It ...

No hot vRS version for new 2015 Skoda Fabia

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 27 October 2014 09:54

If you were hanging on for a rapid vRS variant of the new 2015 Skoda Fabia then you’re out of luck – there won’t be one. While the previous-generation vRS model was critically well received, it accounted for only 3% of Fabia sales worldwide so the maths just don’t stack up, company representatives admitted at the the new Fabia’s media ...

New design chief at Lotus

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

James Taylor, 22 October 2014 17:20

Lotus has a new face in charge of the crayons at Hethel, having announced that experienced designer Russell Carr has been appointed as Head of Design. Haven’t I heard of Russell Carr before? You probably have: it’s not Carr’s first turn in charge of Lotus’ design department. He first joined the company in 1990 and in his time there has ...

Renaultsport RS01 hits the track with Alain Prost at the wheel

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

James Taylor, 21 October 2014 17:48

Renault’s wild Renaultsport RS01 racing car has turned a wheel for the first time in public – with none other than four-time F1 champion Alain Prost at the wheel. In a demonstration run at the finale of the World Series by Renault single-seater championship, the RS01 lapped the Spanish Jerez circuit in front of 58,000 spectators. Prost wasn’t the only ...

Audi TT Sport Cup (2015): the TT goes racing

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 21 October 2014 10:37

Audi’s full-blown marketing push for the new TT continues, with the launch of a one-make championship in Germany. Called the Audi Sport TT Cup, the series will support the DTM German Touring Car championship, with six rounds over the 2015 season. Based on the Audi TTS road car, the racers will retain the same 306bhp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine and ...

Toyota cuts price of GT86 to less than £23,000

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 17 October 2014 14:54

Less than two months after Subaru dropped the price of its BRZ sports car, Toyota has followed suit with the GT86. Prices for the boxer-engined, rear-drive coupe now start from £22,995, a cut of £2115. Subaru’s BRZ, built in the same Ota-city plant in Japan, kicks off at £22,495. The price drop comes courtesy of a new entry-level GT86 ‘Primo’ ...

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