Thoughts and news about the automotive industry

Aston Martin V8 DB11, MHH International
Every new Aston Martin that is released into the wild is an event. Somehow the British-based company produce cars that whilst being distinctive in their own right, still retain that Aston Martin look. Such is the case with the DB11. Originally, this striking car arrived with a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Now, Aston Martin’s definitive GT is now available with a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from Mercedes AMG, the company’s technical partner. This is the engine DB11 enthusiasts were crying out for and it has provided the opportunity to reveal more of the DB11’s sporting character.
Electric technology, MHH International Article
2018 is likely to bring many new automotive innovations to the fore along with some striking new electric and hybrid cars and, thankfully, also a couple of new V8 road monsters.
Porsche GT3 on the track, MHH International
Unquestionably, the latest 911 GT3 is pure Porsche. In a time when many cars are getting softer it is good to know that some car makers still consider their core aims. Porsche rightly claim that the GT3 bridges the gap between motorsport and road driving, truly reflecting the soul of 911. A driver’s life probably doesn’t get much better than this.
Audi Q7 e-tron hybrid
Over the last few decades the human race has become increasingly worried about the amount of natural resources we are sucking out from the ground and as a result the globe collapsing like a deflating football. Worse still, as scientific knowledge has grown, we have realised we are all choking in a miasma of our own making.
The new Jaguar E-Pace on the road, MHH International
At this rate Jaguar will fairly soon run out of alphabet. First the F-Pace, then the I-Pace; now it’s the turn of E, as in E-Pace. The world is awash with small SUV’s and Crossovers right now so it was to be expected that the British brand would get in on the act eventually, and so it has proved.
The yellow car you see in our image is an original 2001 B5 Audi RS4 Avant, now part of that company’s heritage fleet. A couple of years ago and without even having to offer a cash bribe, Audi very kindly delivered this very car by special transporter for us to use for a day. It was a very great privilege. Since those early days the RS4 has gone from strength to strength. It is, without question, one of the best performance cars available at any price.
Mclaren 570S Spider
Sometimes, in every life a little rain must fall; so the saying goes. Well all we can say is that it had better not fall when the chance to drive a McLaren comes along. Fortunately it stayed dry when MHH International spent a morning in the company of the McLaren brand, always something to look forward to.
Solar powered car
The electric car is nothing new. EV's saw some popularity from 1832 up until about the 1920s. With limitless quantities of oil available (or so we thought) to power the internal combustion engine, electricity was deemed to no longer be a commercially viable product as far as automotive propulsion went. The downfall of early electric cars then was due to the availability of petrol, the need to drive longer distances (just like now) and also the lack of horsepower at the time.
New BMW X2 review by MHH International
Unmistakably BMW by design with a sporty, urban look, the brand new BMW X2 is the latest addition to the BMW X model range. The German brand are saying that the car’s chassis and now ubiquitous xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system will deliver the ideal balance between sporting dynamics and efficiency in a smaller package.
Maserati Levante, Front view at speed,  MHH International.
Last year Italian motor maestro Maserati revealed the Levante. The idea of a SUV from the company that has previously given us such desirable and sexy sports cars stuck in the throat like a tenacious chicken bone. It just did not seem right. Well, they went and built it anyway presumably because all the other brands offered at least one of these leviathans of the road. Fortunately we need not have worried; it is very much a Maserati.
Jaguar ‘FUTURE-TYPE’ Autonomous car
There’s one thing that can be said about the future and that is, it’s coming. Manufacturers have always teased what the automotive future may hold but sometimes the reality doesn’t measure up to the dream. This does not stop them trying, however and Jaguar are the latest company to herald our driving future. This time they’ve also included a steering wheel that organises your life.
Range Rover Velar
Can you believe it has been forty-seven years since Land Rover first launched the original Range Rover. In addition to the flagship, the company have since added Discovery and Evoque models and have now swiftly followed up with the introduction of the fourth member of the Range Rover family, The Velar.
Audi TT side profile
First launched in 1998 to a salivating public, the Audi TT Coupé continues to offer sophisticated driver appeal, even in the current third generation model nearly twenty years later. Also available in roadster form, this icon of automotive design boasts across the range the performance of a true sports car.
New Volvo XC40
MHH International have taken a first look at the Swedish brand’s first ever premium compact SUV, the gorgeous XC40. This latest innovation from Volvo is their first model to be built on the company's all-new CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform.
BMW I-Vision
The world has just said goodbye to the first of the annual major motor shows, in the German city of Frankfurt. It was itself no so much remarkable for who was there so much as for who was not. At this year’s event no fewer than eleven major car makers failed to put in an appearance for the buying public, with many eschewing the German motor show in favour of the annual Geneva equivalent just over the border in expensive Switzerland.
New Audi A8 Automotive Autonomy
Audi, the German company that is a leader in the rush to driverless cars on our roads, is currently talking up its autonomous driving strategy for the future, which, it seems, starts now.
New Porsche Cayenne S
German auto-meisters Porsche has announced the third generation of the mighty Cayenne, the sports car among SUVs. As you can see from the images it is still recognisably a Cayenne, but somehow sleeker. MHH International have seen a pre-production version but despite some piteous grovelling were unable to get a drive. It is promised in the next couple of weeks so watch this space for an update. In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on the new car.
The latest carbon fibre wheels from Porsche, investigated by MHH International car importers
If, when purchasing a new Porsche 911, the lucky buyer feels he simply has not spent sufficient money then Porsche have the answer: carbon braided wheels. From the beginning of 2018, the new carbon wheels will be available as an option for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series in the dimensions of 9 J x 20 for the front axle and 11.5 J x 20 for the rear axle. In Germany, the price will be EUR 15,232 including VAT.
Ford Focus RS, Side view exterior
The word that immediately springs to mind is, Wow! The driver has to keep telling himself that this is, after all, a Ford Focus, the mainstay of the mainstream market. But this is no ordinary Ford. It is very special yet the car in the images, with its special sparkly paint and a number of must-have extras, costs just £36,545 here in the UK, available now.
Maserati Gran Tourismo Convertible
Italian superstar car maker Maserati have long delivered a range of beautifully designed cars that, historically, have combined good looks with flawed attributes of mechanical uncertainty. These car have an amazing style, immediately recognisable anywhere instantly recognisable by that famous snout.
BMW Apina front in the rain
Alpina is a performance car company based in Germany that takes BMW saloons and breathes upon them with dragon’s fire. It’s probably a bit more technical than that but the result is always the same: A BMW that that can take on all-comers.
Rolls Royce Phantom, front
Since 1925, a Rolls-Royce Phantom has been the premier choice of the world’s most influential luxury cars. Now, this July, we welcome the latest chapter in the story of Phantom. The new car (the word ‘car’ somehow just doesn’t seem enough) is a creation of great beauty and power.
New Lotus Evora GT430
Following the successful introduction of other recent models to global markets, legendary Norwich based sports car company Lotus has unveiled its most powerful road-going model ever – the Evora GT430 and it’s a beauty. A pure combination of elegance and power, Lotus has lavished attention on hand-crafted carbon-fibre components to endow this fully-homologated Evora with a level of precision engineering and design previously unseen.
The Aston Martin RapidE
Even legends must move with the times. Look at Tony Stark; he has to upgrade every couple of years. Now it’s Aston Martin’s turn as they move toward an electric future. One way or another and whether we agree with it or not, the internal combustion engine is on its way out the door. The Gaydon UK based company have announced that in less than two years, after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin has confirmed that the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019.
Nexcell oil system
Oil as we all know, sometimes to our cost, is the lifeblood of the internal combustion engine. Neglect this liquid black gold at your peril and rue the day of your first engine seizure. It is however expensive: it is pumped from the ground globally, refined and sold to us at a profit. When it is used we throw it away, sometimes irresponsibly. All that could change if Nexcel have their way.
Sports Car at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017
Every year at this time many thousands of car enthusiasts descend upon legendary Goodwood in West Sussex for the Festival Of Speed. This hardy annual never fails to disappoint the fans with an exciting concoction of exotic supercars, historic racing cars, the latest crop of regular road and concept cars and much more besides. Why, even former F1 supremo Bernie Eccleston showed up to, it has to be said, surprisingly popular acclaim.
Renault Alpine at speed
Perhaps this article should be entitled, ‘A Legend Reborn’, because essentially that is what it concerns. In 1955 the ‘Société des Automobiles Alpine’ launched the exquisite A106 sports car. Subsequently superceded by the original A110, the car became over the years, in various guises, a road and motor sport legend with victories that included the Alpine A442B which won Le Mans in 1978.
Audi R8 Spyder as speed
Sometimes, a car comes along that takes the breath away. Literally. Audi have taken the most powerful engine ever destined for series production to raise the tempo in what is already one of the most intoxicating driving machines offered by the brand – the open-air, high intensity R8 Spyder. This already awesome convertible is to adopt the gloriously vocal 610PS (602bhp) V10 from the R8 V10 plus Coupé.
Audi A8 Mild-Hybrid 48 Volt Drivetrain
In a few short weeks Audi will officially announce the new 2018 flagship A8 and have already confirmed that all versions will be hybrid, advancing electrification on a broad front. The still to be confirmed combustion engines will be equipped with mild hybrid technology. What this means for the customer, say Audi, is refined running and enhanced performance whilst adding greater efficiency.
Aston Martin Rapide S
Matching the thrill of the searingly powerful 552bhp (560PS / 630Nm) V12 engine with the refinement of an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the Aston Martin Rapide S offers a very special blend of performance, handling and versatility.
Jaguar I-Pace
In a world full of sport utility vehicles that all look exactly the same it is even more striking when a designer is let loose on the drawing board and told to come up with something special. That this ‘something special’ is also powered by electricity makes the concept even more exciting.
Future technology for prestige cars
We have the technology to speak to our cars these days, even if the conversation is usually a bit one-sided and ends up with shouting, “Call HOME! H-O-M-E!”, or similar. Now experts are predicting that, in the not so distant future, our car, like a beloved spouse, may also know how we feel – sometimes without us having to say a word.

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