Autocar confidential: Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Honda’s Swindon factory and more

Mercedes-Benz’s sales and marketing boss says the B-Class won’t be axe  Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up this week’s gossip from across the automotive industry  This week’s snippets of automotive news include the latest on Honda’s Swindon factory, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, French luxury brands and future Lexus models. Honda’s Swindon factory: Does Honda’s factory in…

Next Subaru WRX due in 2020 as ‘driver’s car’ with electrified powertrains

Viziv concept could preview next WRX, due around 2020 Subaru’s chief designer confirmed that reaction to the Viziv Performance concept was positive Subaru is developing its next WRX to be a driver’s car that takes influence from the striking Viziv Performance concept and comes with electrified powertrains. Company design chief Mamoru Ishii told Autocar that feedback had…

The charming, mighty Honda Super Cub has sold an astounding 100 million units worldwide

The Super Cub spawned the “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” campaign, which did much to counteract the idea that motorcycledom was only for outlaw hardasses. Few consumer products, let alone motor vehicles, have achieved this level of success It’s safe to say that the Honda Super Cub isn’t just…

GRAND NATIONAL VS. MONTE CARLO SS: PICK YOUR ’80S GM PERFORMANCE COUPE

The Grand National came on the scene in 1982 — earlier than some realize.PHOTO BY AUTOWEEK  Hemmings Blog serves up a pair of GM classics from the late Malaise era   Fans of Detroit muscle remember the Buick GNX — the model occupies a special place in the pantheon of General Motors performance cars…