Aston Martin centenary celebrations – an annotated graphic – #am100

One of the world’s most famous motoring marques is celebrating its centenary this year: Aston Martin. To mark the 100th anniversary, the company has released the V12 Vanquish S, the most powerful Aston Martin ever, capable of going from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds. On Sunday 21 July, thousands of owners and enthusiasts gathered in London’s Kensington Gardens to enjoy the largest gathering of British sports cars in history. On display were Aston Martins of every stripe and vintage, including – of course! – the DB5, arguably James Bond’s most iconic car of choice. Aston Martin’s Facebook page has a gallery … Continue reading Aston Martin centenary celebrations – an annotated graphic – #am100

European car makers fear sales decline – an annotated graphic

In the topsy-turvy world of car manufacturing, seems like everyone apart from the Germans is facing a grim future. Sales in Western Europe are apparently closing in on 20-year lows, at least as far as the new car registrations statistics suggest. However, all is not doom and gloom, as E&T news has reported this week. New car sales in the UK actually increased by 11.5 per cent last month, official figures showed. There was also the story that radical plans have been announced to install electric vehicle charging points every 50 miles on Scottish trunk roads. And looking even further ahead, a … Continue reading European car makers fear sales decline – an annotated graphic

Big trucks and luxury cars at #DetroitMotorShow – an annotated graphic

According to that hazy collection of commentators, know-it-alls and obsessive-compulsives collectively known as “industry experts”, in this case automotive industry experts, 2013 has been deemed the year of the truck and the luxury car at the Detroit Motor Show. Some very shiny, powerful and expensive machines were on show – Ferrari 458 Spyder, Chevrolet Corvette, we’re looking at you – so it’s reassuring to know that the gas-guzzling petrolheads of the world haven’t been forgotten in these days of diminishing fossil fuels and accelerating climate change. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Big trucks and luxury cars at #DetroitMotorShow – an annotated graphic

Nissan car factories in Mexico – an annotated graphic

Nissan is to invest close to $2 billion to build a third factory in Mexico, taking the Japanese car maker’s  total capacity to more than one million vehicles. Nissan built approximately 600,000 vehicles in Mexicon last year. Back in the UK, the Nissan car plant in Sunderland set a new production record in 2011, building a total of 480,485 vehicles, as reported by E&T recently. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Nissan car factories in Mexico – an annotated graphic

New BMW 3 Series at the Detroit Motor Show – an annotated graphic

Good news for Beamer fans: the all new sixth-generation version of BMW’s 3 Series was announced at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this week. Having sold 12 million of the things since it was introduced in 1975, and accounting for a third of global sales, BMW are naturally keen to continue this trend with the new model. It will feature technology currently only available in the 5 and 7 series cars. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading New BMW 3 Series at the Detroit Motor Show – an annotated graphic

New Fiat Panda – an annotated graphic

Fiat’s pre-eminent small car model may be the 500, but the Panda has a long-running place in the Italian car-maker’s history, just like the Polo does for Volkswagen. The new Fiat Panda launches with a range of powertrain options across several models: two TwinAir 875cc petrol engines, a 1.2 Fire petrol engine and a 1.3 Multijet diesel engine. All Pandas will feature Fiat’s Start&Stop technology, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Petrol/methane and petrol/LPG bi-fuel engines are planned for the future. Continue reading New Fiat Panda – an annotated graphic