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Audi TT SUV more likely than a shooting brake

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 02 October 2014 11:04

Audi is certain to launch a new TT spin-off model - and it’s more likely to be a raised off-roader TT rather than the Sportback concept shown at the 2014 Paris motor show, according to Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg. In an interview with CAR magazine he spelled out how Audi is moving from around 50 different model lines/derivatives today ...

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Audi TT SUV more likely than a shooting brake

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 02 October 2014 11:04

Audi is certain to launch a new TT spin-off model - and it’s more likely to be a raised off-roader TT rather than the Sportback concept shown at the 2014 Paris motor show, according to Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg. In an interview with CAR magazine he spelled out how Audi is moving from around 50 different model lines/derivatives today ...

Ten new Mercedes plug-in hybrids by 2017

Rated 4 out of 54

James Taylor, 22 September 2014 11:30

Hot on the heels of the 100.9mpg S-class S 500 plug-in, Mercedes-Benz is planning 10 further petrol-electric plug-in hybrid models for release before 2017. ‘On average, we will bring a new plug-in hybrid to market every four months’, Johannes Reifenrath, head of Mercedes-Benz cars product strategy and planning, told CAR magazine. First will be the new C-class C350 Plug-in hybrid, ...

Lotus cuts staff by quarter - 325 jobs at risk

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 19 September 2014 10:00

Worrying sounds at Group Lotus overnight, as the Norfolk sports car maker announced a restructure which ‘may involve the loss of up to 325 jobs.’ Lotus employs some 1200 staff around the world. It’s the latest shock in the Lotus saga. This is a company familiar with roller coaster ups and downs - a pattern that’s sadly been repeated for ...

Infiniti opens new design centre in London to kickstart relaunch

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Tim Pollard, 19 September 2014 00:12

Nissan’s upmarket division Infiniti opened its new design studio in London tonight - heralding the start of a new push to establish Infiniti as a proper competitor to premium makes such as BMW and Audi. The company is planning to expand its model line-up by 60% by the end of the decade, topped by the Q80 Inspiration concept car to ...

Most Mini buyers 'will pick three-door over new five-door'

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 11 September 2014 06:10

Mini will continue to sell more three-door superminis than the new five-door, the company has admitted. And the appeal of extra doors is driven by the 'what if' factor; most owners of five-door hatchbacks don't actually have kids, research suggests. The forecast, made at the press launch of the new Mini five-door, bucks the trend for the supermini sector, where the more practical ...

Luca di Montezemolo to quit as Ferrari chairman (2014)

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Tim Pollard, 10 September 2014 08:51

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo is to step aside as Ferrari chairman on 13 October 2014, the Fiat Group announced today. Di Montezemolo - or LDM, for short - will pocket €27 million (£21m) in severance pay in return for agreeing to not compete against Fiat before March 2017. His successor? Fiat Chrysler chief executive Sergio Marchionne. Fiat owns 90% ...

Aston Martin appoints Nissan's Andy Palmer as new CEO

Rated 4 out of 54

Tim Pollard, 02 September 2014 09:14

Nissan product chief Andy Palmer, 51, has been appointed chief executive office of Aston Martin. A corporate spokeswoman at Aston Martin confirmed the news to CAR magazine ahead of an official announcement at 10.00am today. 'We are delighted he's joining us,' she said. 'It's been worth the wait.' No start date has been set yet, while Nissan and Aston lawyers sort through contractual details. ...

Ford Focus (2015) to be priced from £13,995

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 02 September 2014 06:00

Ford has frozen the starter price on its Focus mainstay for the new 2015 model year facelift. The news means that the Focus 1.6 Studio five-door hatch will cost from £13,995. And the Blue Oval pledges it’s not just an entry-level pricing gimmick; well equipped Titanium and Titanium X models have actually dropped on the new facelifted Focus, costing £100 ...

Vauxhall brings back the Viva! Baby Vaux revives old name

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Tim Pollard, 01 September 2014 11:53

The Vauxhall Viva is back! Vauxhall and its continental sister Opel is poised to announce a new small car to slot beneath the Corsa and it’ll revive the historic Viva badge in the UK, CAR understands. The original Vauxhall Viva was popular in the UK through three generations - the HA, HB and HC series - up until its demise ...

Simplification or complication? Mercedes shakes up its badging again

Rated 2 out of 52

Georg Kacher, 29 August 2014 15:03

Mercedes is about to simplify - it hopes - its entire badging system. All four major model ranges will be affected by the revised nomenclature which is designed to make sense of the alphabet soup. The idea is to make sure each badge reflects the main range it’s attached to. The GLA baby crossover shows how it’ll work: the GL ...

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