Volvo XC40 at the Geneva Motor Show – an annotated infographic

The Volvo XC40 is one of the new breed of SUVs. It is likely to be on show at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from March 8-18, with press days March 6-7. Everybody loves SUVs now and the annual Geneva Car Show will show manufacturers like Volvo, with its new XC40, busily expanding their line-ups penetrating into smaller and cheaper sections of the market. The show will also parade the latest electric vehicles, as Europeís manufacturers race to launch the first luxury rivals to the Tesla Model S and Model X. The new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace looks like winning … Continue reading Volvo XC40 at the Geneva Motor Show – an annotated infographic

#ElectricVehicles – the dawn of a new age – an annotated infographic

The cost of owning an electric vehicle will draw level with that of a fossil fuel-powered car as early as next year. According to Swiss bank UBS, this will lead to sooner than expected adoption of EVs. An analysis by UBS concluded that the total cost of ownership, which includes fuel and other running costs, will draw level with traditionally powered vehicles next year in Europe, and in 2023 in China and 2025 in the United States. The bank predicted an “inflexion point for demand” for battery-driven cars and raised its expectations for global electric vehicle sales by 50 percent, … Continue reading #ElectricVehicles – the dawn of a new age – an annotated infographic

New F-Pace launched @Jaguar – performance SUV crossover – an annotated infographic

Packed with state-of-the-art technology and advanced driving aids, Jaguar’s new F-Pace performance SUV is expected to become the British brand’s top selling model once it arrives in showrooms. Jaguar has cast aside tradition and decided to make a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), which is currently being rolled out around the world. Jaguar joins Porsche, Maserati and even Bentley, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Maybach, famous sporty and luxury upmarket brands forced to admit that to survive and make money they must grit their collective teeth and make what the public wants; utility vehicles that can go anywhere, albeit quickly and in … Continue reading New F-Pace launched @Jaguar – performance SUV crossover – an annotated infographic

#ParisMotorShow 2014 – new star cars on display, #JaguarXE – two annotated infographics

The world’s pre-eminent petrolheads will shortly be gathering and munching on fresh croissant as the Paris Motor Show opens for business. One of the glitziest events on the automotive calendar, this year’s show will see the debuts of Europe’s best new cars for the coming year, both the concepts and the production models. Stars at the City of Light will include Ferrari’s 458 Speciale A, the Jaguar XE, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV and Audi TT Roadster. Of particular interest is Jaguar’s new XE sports saloon, as the British legend goes bumper to bumper with its German rivals BMW and … Continue reading #ParisMotorShow 2014 – new star cars on display, #JaguarXE – two annotated infographics

#AlfaRomeo 4C carbon fibre sports coupe preview – an annotated graphic

One for the petrolheads today, as we preview the new Alfa Romeo 4C sports coupe. Apparently this is the world’s first production car to feature “prepreg” carbon fibre technology. Exciting, huh? Carbon fibre was chosen for the one-piece monocoque due its high levels of structural rigidity and exceptionally low weight (a trifling 65kg) and the car has been constructed using sophisticated Formula 1-derived technologies. If nothing else, we hope they retain those snazzy Italian-flag wing mirrors in the production model. Francesco Bernouilli would be so proud. No mention of price yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar (and presumably … Continue reading #AlfaRomeo 4C carbon fibre sports coupe preview – an annotated graphic

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

#Jaguar F-Type roadster – an annotated graphic

Five decades? Really? Five decades since the E-Type Jag ignited the burning legend of the Swinging Sixties? If celebrities of the time weren’t zipping around “town” to the Bag O’Nails in their Austin Minis, they were racing out to the rarefied country estates of the artistic aristocracy in their Jaguar E-Types. Described by none other than Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever made” – and, let’s be fair, Enzo knew a thing or two about beautiful cars – the E-Type Jag was a sleek, cigar-shaped futuristic driving dream. 70,000 lucky souls lived that dream between 1961 and 1974, … Continue reading #Jaguar F-Type roadster – an annotated graphic

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

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