When talking about car production, one would hardly mention the african continent. There's a great Renault-Dacia factory in Morocco, some factories in South African and not much happening in between. Yet, there have been some crazy projects, like the time they wanted to built Polos in Angola...
Our journey starts
With the US-version of the Escort, Ford was trying to achieve two things : tapping the compact-car market and selling the same car on both side of the pond. It failed. Twice.
The Ford Escort mk1 was a great success in the late-60s and the early-70s. In Great-Britain, but also in
Malcolm Bricklin has always been a controversial businessman. Some call him a genius, other call him a crook. He was the man behind Subaru's US debut, the futuristic Bricklin SV-1, Fiat's US foray in the early 80s and Yugo's brief success in the US. In the 00s, he was now
From Paris to Le Mans, then Magny-Cours, then back to Paris, for a series of motorsport events.
Toyota France's HQ, Vaucresson
Everything about a road-trip has to be unusual, including the vehicle. You can't do a genuine road-trip in a Citroën C3 ! The vehicle of choice is part of the experience.
It all started in late 2013. I made a story about Arnaud Deligny. This Frenchman living in China won the Polo Cup China. There were a few French gentlemen-drivers over there. But he was the first one to win a title. A few weeks later, I got a message
When you're thinking about Chinese cars, you're perhaps thinking of small, cheap cars. But there was a crazy project. A large sedan that was supposed to compete with the best iron from Germany and made in the poor region of Liaoning. Behold the Brilliance BS6 !
In the 80s, the
By Joest Jonathan OUAKNINE
Let’s start with a bit of history. Zhengzhou (to be pronounced “jeng-joe”) is a town in the geographical middle of China with a very ancient history. According to legends, the very first kingdom of China was founded nearby, in 2500 BC, by the Five kings. It’s also
This journey starts in Cologne, Germany, in 1983. Bob Lutz is the chairman of Ford of Europe. The blue oval is about to launch the Fiesta Mk2. It's a completely rebodied Mk1. But he knows that the supermini market is about to get very competitive. There's the Austin Metro,
The early days of Alpine
Alpine is a legendary brand, in France. Back in the early 50s, the Renault 4cv was light, widespread and inexpensive. And with the introduction of the “1063”, there were now some performance parts available. It was the perfect start for a small sports car. A few