Paul Myles

Europe Correspondent

Based in the U.K., Paul covers news on technology, manufacturing and the environment.


Ford Unveils New-Generation Transit Custom Van
The U.K.’s best-selling commercial vehicle sports a new front-end design with three-bar Transit grille, as well as improved comfort and ergonomics and easy connectivity with SYNC 3 or MyFord Dock options.
Smart-Charging Tests Aim to Ease EV Burden on Grid
The Electric Nation project is recruiting 500-700 new EV owners and lessees and providing free smart chargers so it can learn from the data and the feedback trial participants generate.
Aston Martin Applies Formula One Formula to Valkyrie
Drawing large quantities of air beneath the car to feed the rear diffuser, full-length Venturi tunnels running along either side of the cockpit floor generate massive downforce without the need for external body wings.
Renault-Nissan Morocco Plant Builds 1 Millionth Car
The launch of a second production line in 2013 marked a turning point in Morocco’s automotive sector, making the Renault-Nissan plant the biggest car-making facility south of the Mediterranean.
Nissan Begins Production of New-Generation Qashqai
Crafted at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, changes to the new Qashqai include a revised body design, improved interior quality, enhanced driving dynamics and the addition of new Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies.
Company Cars Useful Recruiter’s Tool, Survey Shows 1
Of interest to recruiters is that 25% of all workers in the study claim a company car was the deciding factor when taking a job, and 22% stated they had declined a job offer because it didn’t include a company vehicle.
U.K. Motorist Survey Points to Dim Future for Diesel
Results show gasoline will retain its dominance, with 60% of consumers planning to stick with the fuel for their next car, while more than one-sixth are ready to swap from a diesel to a hybrid or electric car for their next purchase.
Aston Martin Looks to Hook Chinese Buyers With V-8
Employing a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V-8 instead of the existing DB11’s 5.2L twin-turbo V-12 is expected to attract Chinese buyers benefiting from tax breaks based on engine capacity.
Aston Martin to Launch Electric Vehicle in 2019
Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, the RapidE spearheads development of the brand’s low- and zero-emissions-vehicle strategy laid out by Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer.
Amazon May Target U.K. for Direct-to-Consumer Sales
Amazon reportedly is recruiting car-sales executives and plans to headquarter the business in corporate-tax-friendly Luxembourg while eyeing the U.K. as its probable first market.
Ford, German Postal Service Form EV Joint Venture
Deutsche Post hopes to build on its experience in the smaller light-commercial-vehicle segment by joining with Ford to produce a larger version of the emissions-free StreetScooter.
Mega-Store Puts All Three PSA Brands Under One Roof
The site is designed to support a full-year sales target of 4,320 vehicles (3,120 new and 1,200 used) and a volume of 40,000 hours of servicing per year in the brands’ after-sales workshop.
Domestic Suppliers Gain Favor With U.K. Automakers
A report by the Automotive Council, a joint government-industry body, shows 44% of all components used by U.K. automakers come from domestic suppliers, compared with 41% in 2015 when the study last was conducted.
Electric London Taxi Stays Cool in Arizona Heat
On sale in fourth-quarter 2017, London Taxi Co.’s TX5 electric taxi will be the most comprehensively tested product in the company’s history.
U.K. Sports Car Maker Morgan Repurchases Plant Site
Thanks to a record trading year that saw revenues grow 14%, Morgan has been able to reclaim property it “pawned” 11 years ago to fund new-model development.