Julian Rendell Industry editor

The man with the legendary contacts book. Once went 'under the wire' to scoop a secret Honda; also navigated a Fiat 127 in a road rally. Says the latter was only marginally more risky.
Volvo XC90 autonomous

UK insurance industry boss casts doubts over autonomous vehicles

The boss of the UK's insurance trade body, James Dalton, disagrees with claims truly autonomous cars are nearly here

3 May 2016
Italian Coachbuilders Touring Superleggera Disco Volante

Italian coachbuilders: why it's not the end of the road

After years of hardship, there are signs of a recovery for at least some Italian coachbuilders. Julian Rendell looks into the future of coachbuilders

10 April 2016
Tesla Model S factory

Analysis: can Tesla meet Model 3 demand?

With more than 276,000 deposits for the Model 3 since launch last week, the car is a runaway success for Tesla, but doubts as to whether Tesla can meet the demand refuse to die down

6 April 2016
Porsche Panamera spy 2017

2017 Porsche Panamera spied almost undisguised

The 2017 Porsche Panamera has been spotted testing almost completely uncovered; previous photos revealed the upcoming car's interior

1 April 2016

How the car industry could save Britain’s steel industry

Britain's car and steel industries are inextricably linked; but can the former save the latter?

31 March 2016

Range Rover Sport Coupé to target BMW X6

Jaguar Land Rover plans to enter the SUV-coupé market place with its first ever road-biased model

25 March 2016
Skoda Vision S

Skoda electric vehicle under development

Skoda's first electric model is planned for launch in 2020 or 2021, based upon Volkswagen's MEB electric vehicle platform

16 March 2016
Peugeot Citroen DS

Peugeot, Citroën and DS to spearhead reporting of real-world fuel economy

The French manufacturers have devised a public road test to produce their own fuel consumption figures, and will publish the results

1 March 2016
VW death of the steering wheel
Could future cars do away with the steering wheel?

Could VW’s new design centres spell the end of the steering wheel?

The German car giant's focus on future technology is pushing it to explore steering wheel-free cars for future models

1 March 2016

VW emissions scandal: what next for Volkswagen?

The future of Volkswagen, diesels and emissions testing have all been discussed at length - these are the key questions that need to be answered

25 September 2015


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