January 14, 2013
Kia's Head of Design Peter Schreyer has also been awarded the role of Head of Design for Hyundai and Kia. The new role has been described as allowing the group a long term and more effective vision for design and to allow differentiation between their own model designs and that of other manufacturing brands. It has officially been described as the perfect opportunity to allow synergy and connection between both brands and to accumulate resources for the company. The Vice Chairman of Hyundai's R&D centre based in Korea Woong-Chul Yang explained that to strengthen fundamentals... - Read more
January 12, 2013
The French Car manufacturing Giant Renault have revealed the Renault Captur, an SUV and a car said to challenge the Nissan Juke and Peugeot's 2008 models. The model will be put on sale this coming summer for around £14,000, or slightly less. The car is an SUV based on the Clio that has been designed to swipe sales from Nissan's Juke and Peugeot's 2008. The Captur comes from the same framework of the Renault's brand new Clio, however it is slightly longer and is slightly taller, in an effort to ensure drivers a higher seating position, like that of an SUV. The styli... - Read more
January 9, 2013
Electric car sales on the rise   As it is the start of the new year, various figures and statistics have been released by manufacturers and the statistics released for electric car sales in 2012 are pretty impressive. Electric car sales almost doubled in the first nine months suggesting a consistent rate of growth.   New models released by Ford, BMW and Tesla Motors are looking to take advantage of the thriving market that is the electric car market by releasing new models sometime in the near future. The acceleration of growth completely eclipsed the growth in the... - Read more
January 8, 2013
The Ford Focus to become the best selling car of the world   On the back of the US company declaring record profits for the year of 2012, the Ford Focus model is set to become the best selling vehicle in the world for 2012.   The statement is a bold statement and has come from recent figure projections stating that towards the end of September, Ford had sold 737,856 Focus models indicating that the mass market manufacturer was on course to take the title.   It is no coincidence that Ford are celebrating record profits as well as celebrating the best se... - Read more
January 7, 2013
Fiat and Krow communications have come together for the new car advert for the Fiat 500L, The Motherhood. The advert, which has to be admitted is quite funny features the actress Rachel Donovan as a rapping mother who appears to be sleep deprived and is clearly enjoying (or maybe not) the perks of having children. She raps about such things as nappy rash, being covered in baby sick, being down with postman pat and such things as that. The advert is high in hilarity, we can imagine especially with new mothers or any mothers in general who can clearly relate to the rap, as it states the many ... - Read more
January 7, 2013
Mercedes Benz declare the US as their main market Mercedes as a whole sold 1.3 million cars in 2012 which was a gain of 4.7pc against the previous year of sales. A figure of 274,134 sales in the United States meant that the US became the German luxury car manufacturers main market instead of its previous main market in the home of Germany.   Sales may be down in the home country of Germany as official data recently release has indicated a 3% drop in new car registrations compared to last year. Approximately 3.10 million cars were registered in 2012, which is down a ... - Read more
January 4, 2013
Car Sales rise 13.4 percent in the US   Industry figures have indicated a sales increase of 13.4% in 2012, making it the best year of sales in the industry since 2007. General Motors were at the top of the sales list, selling 2.5 million cars and trucks.     The Japanese car company Toyota, had recovered from the previous supply chain disruption in 2011 to take the second majority share in the market. Toyota sales rose a massive 27% and Honda issued a 24% increase.   Volkswagen did have the biggest leap in sales having increased 35%. The consistent ... - Read more
January 3, 2013
A woman from Halifax Nova Scotia, who used her small Smart Fortwo to squeeze in between two parked cars in metered parking spaces has had to face up to rather a lot of backlash over her “wise move”. Margot Melanson pulled off the stunt in Early December and explained that due to her microcar's rather small size, that she had decided to try and get some free parking by instead of paying for her own space, by taking up the remaining space left between two cars who had paid. There has been a lot of feedback after the event, not much of it in her favour. Although some peopl... - Read more
January 3, 2013
The US government currently own 26.5% of General Motors and plan to sell the shares to the majority owner of the company for an estimated £3.4bn. It is believed that 200 million shares are currently in the hands of the Treasury Department.   The government will then sell the remaining 300 million shares on the open market in the next 15 months. The treasury bailed out General Motors back in 2008 and 2009 with a cash injection of $49bn.   The sale of the shares is a way of the government trying to receive the $49 bn it used to bail out the company back in 2008... - Read more
January 2, 2013
Toyota Return to the Top?   Toyota are set to reinstate itself as the biggest car manufacturer in the world after slipping to third back in 2011. General Motors is the firm losing out having taken the top spot from Toyota in 2011. It is believed that the cause of Toyota losing its place in the rankings is due to the tsunami that hit the shores of Japan resulting in a shortage of production.   Before losing the title, Toyota had previously held the position of worlds biggest car maker for three years running, from 2008 to 2010.   As well as supply, dema... - Read more