Recent articles by Ken Gibson


Behind the scenes in Bentley's material department

18 Jun, 2016

We visit Bentley's Crewe HQ to learn how new materials like stone veneer are revolutionising car design

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Best of British: Lotus's tough turnaround

21 May, 2016

In the final part of our series, we learn how Lotus is eyeing a brighter future after a tough few years


Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV spotted dancing on ice

10 Mar, 2016

Rolls-Royce's first SUV is snapped in prototype test mule form, ahead of market release in early 2018

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Best of British: the mavericks of Morgan

19 Feb, 2016

Quirky industry outsider Morgan is ready to cause a stir with its first-ever all-electric model

Best of British, Honda's Swindon plant

Best of British: Honda Swindon plant is on the up

12 Jan, 2016

Honda’s Swindon factory has had its ups and downs, but things are looking up again for its workforce

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Supercars 'walk on water' with dealer's amazing floating forecourt

22 Dec, 2015

We visit Tom Hartley's unique ‘floating showroom’ which is setting a new standard for elite supercar dealers

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Best of British: Toyota marks 50 years in the UK

3 Dec, 2015

As Toyota marks a half century in the UK, we visit the plant that transformed South Derbyshire 25 years ago

Aston Martin factory

New Aston Martin factory to open in 2017 but 300 jobs will go by Christmas

9 Nov, 2015

Aston Martin's new crossover model is likely to be built in a UK factory from 2017, but some jobs will be lost this year

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After MG Rover: the Longbridge legacy

3 Nov, 2015

A decade ago, MG Rover shut its factory doors for good. We go back to the community it left behind and see how it survived

Best of British, McLaren's momentum

McLaren's momentum: building the Great British supercar

21 Oct, 2015

We meet some of the people who’ve helped McLaren become a supercar contender in next to no time

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Best of British: Why Bentley is booming

10 Oct, 2015

We look at how Bentley has pushed new boundaries to go from 500 sales a year to over 11,000 while remaining exclusive

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Ford's upmarket Vignale brand "very important" for company's future

16 Sep, 2015

Ford EU boss says the brand needs a higher trim level to stop customers moving upmarket

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer at Frankfurt

Vauxhall's importance to GM underlined by new model blitz

16 Sep, 2015

The new British-built Vauxhall Astra will form part of the strongest Vauxhall range in years under GM's bold plans for the brand

Mazda Koeru

Mazda bosses keen on new SUV based on Koeru Frankfurt star

16 Sep, 2015

A production car based on the Mazda Koeru SUV concept is a real possibility with bosses looking to gauge public reaction.

Aston Martin DP-100 on track

Options are open for Aston Martin hypercar project

13 Aug, 2015

Rumours of an Adrian Newey designed Aston Martin supercar are premature but the extreme road car project is being considered

Aston DBX

UK in the running to get new Aston Martin factory

12 Aug, 2015

Aston Martin is considering ten locations for its new plant with PM David Cameron pushing for one in the UK, possibly Wales

Best of British: Nissan factory

Nissan's Sunderland success story: UK car manufacturing at its best

30 Jul, 2015

Best of British: we look at how Nissan threw a lifeline to the ailing North East with its world-beating Sunderland plant

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Rolls-Royce: back from the dead

13 Jul, 2015

Best of British: we meet the new blood helping Rolls-Royce achieve record sales – 17 years after it was sold with no factory and no cars


The MINI revolution: reinventing the most famous small car in the world

11 Jul, 2015

Our Best of British series continues as we meet some of 
the staff who’ve helped create a MINI boom under BMW

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Putting the Great into Britain: exploring the car industry

10 Jul, 2015

The British car industry is booming, we visit the country's key car manufacturing sites to find out what went right

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