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The Twelve Most Valuable Automotive Brands of 2012

Earlier this week, Interbrand, one of the world’s largest branding consultancies, published its 2012 review of ‘Top 100 Brands’. It makes interesting reading, not least because this is the first time Facebook joins the list following its controversial IPO in May.

But of course we’re interested in the Automotive brands and what it tells us about sector’s recovery, following the unprecedented slump in 2009/10.

Lotus appoints rapper Swizz Beatz as its new Vice President of Creative Design

Judging from the reaction on Lotus Cars’ facebook page this afternoon, news of their latest executive appointment has come as a bit of a shock. Lotus announced in a cryptic email that “..they had a new creative man on board — BUT can you guess who this particular international man of mystery is?” Well it’s none other than US record producer, rapper and all-round hip-hop star, Swizz Beatz.

Mercedes launches a social-media race

Mercedes-Benz USA has launched a Tweet Race to the 45th Super bowl in what the company describes as a leap of faith into social media. The destination of the race is the Super Bowl on Feb 6 next year, the means of travel is by Mercedes-Benz, the fuel to get there is tweets by the gallon. The prize is a brand-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe.

INTERVIEW: Perry McCarthy – The Original Stig

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you will have noticed both the national and motoring press being dominated by the news of The Stig outing himself as Ben Collins. After much legal wrangling, Collins has now been dismissed from his white Stig role ahead of his publication of a tell-all book on life behind the distinctive Simpson helmet, whilst all the while Top Gear executives begin to conjure up who should be given the role of Stig #3.

New Feature: Jag XFR v BMW M5 v Audi RS6

Jaguar has always fought shy of chasing the German establishment, but with the XFR they’re ready to hunt down the BMW M5 and Audi RS6.

First Drive: RenaultSport Megane Trophy

Last week Richard Meaden drove the Renault Sport Megane Trophy at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France, and we’ve produced a 14 minute video to share with you just how much fun it is to drive.