Automotive News, March 2018

Jaguar Land Rover saw its sales slip last month, dragged down by falls in the UK and Europe. It was still the West Midlands-based luxury carmaker’s second best February in its history, as the new Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Discovery helped boost sales.  But solid demand in China – up 3.3% – and in markets such as the Middle East and Russia failed to generate enough growth to counter the falls elsewhere. Overall sales for Jaguar Land Rover were ... Read more

Automotive News, February 2018

UK car manufacturing output held steady in January 2018, with just 72 fewer vehicles produced than in the same month last year. Export drove overall volumes, whereas the domestic demand declined, study has revealed.  According to a new SMMT report UK car industry output in the month fell by a negligible -0.05% year on year, as 147,481 cars rolled off production lines – effectively maintaining the nine-year high set in January 2017.   Exports drove overall volumes, with output for overseas customers rising ... Read more

Automotive News, January 2018

The union Unite has called on the owner of the Vauxhall car company to invest in new models after workers at its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire learned the carmaker was seeking 250 additional redundancies on top of the 400 announced last October.   The manufacturer, now owned by French company PSA, said the move was prompted by the need to “accelerate the recovery of plant productivity”. Vauxhall said it intends to move staff from two production shifts to one. The company told ... Read more

Automotive News, December 2017

Midlands sports car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company has revealed details of its most extreme road going model to date.  The race-inspired Aero GT is based upon the lightweight aluminium Aero 8 but with an all-new hand-worked, aerodynamically honed body which reduces drag but significantly increases downforce. The Malvern-based company said it aimed to utilise the knowledge it had learned from Morgan’s GTS race victories. The car was conceived initially during the development of the 2015 Aero 8 but never saw the light ... Read more

Automotive News, November 2017

The University of Derby has awarded a Leicestershire business £97,650 to expand overseas.   Vitesse Global provides specialist engine, gearbox and ancillary components to a niche market in the automotive sector. The business, based in Hinckley, says it noticed there was a gap in the market as British sports car manufacturers don’t offer automatic gear boxes to buyers, which limits sales as they are highly popular in some countries.   Morgan Motor Company was keen to work with Vitesse Global to produce an automatic gearbox, ... Read more

Automotive News, November 2017

UK car production fell during September as confidence was hit by Brexit uncertainty, according to a major car industry body. Plans to improve air quality also added to the decline in car output, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. A 14% fall in demand in the UK market drove the overall drop, it said. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “With UK car manufacturing falling for a fifth month this year, it’s clear that declining consumer and business confidence is ... Read more

Automotive News, October 2017

Jaguar Land Rover has been revealed as the new name behind plans for a $40m development in Staffordshire.  JLR is investing in a new 52-acre site storage facility at Stone Business Park.   The massive new development will provide secure storage facilities for 6,500 vehicles and is expected to create around 75 permanent jobs.   Birmingham-based Stoford Developments will be delivering the new facility.  Director Tony Nash said “This development will bring significant inward investment into the county and represents a major commitment to the ... Read more

Automotive News, July 2017

Germany’s transport minister has announced a recall of 22,000 Porsche cars to remove what he says is illegal emissions-controlling software.  He said that luxury marque Porsche would bear the cost of the recalls of the affected 3-litre Cayenne models.   It comes as Porsche’s sister firm Volkswagen says it will refit almost a million more diesel cars in Germany.  Allegations about Porsche first emerged in German in magazine Der Spiegel last month.   It said it was told by a source that the Porsche Cayenne ... Read more

Automotive News, July 2017

Production of new UK cars fell by almost 10% last month compared with a year ago, latest industry figures show. The Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders (SMMT) said 136,119 new cars were built in May, 9.7% fewer than the same month in 2016.   The SMMT said carmakers were now set to ramp up production of new models, with exports the main driver of demand.  576,556 new cars have been shipped abroad since January, a 0.8% increase year-on-year.   Although production for overseas markets ... Read more

Automotive News, May 2017

Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.   Clean energy provider Intelligent Energy will take the technical lead in the scheme, aiming to demonstrate cost reductions of fuel cells through digital manufacturing techniques.   The three-year programme, named Digiman, will be supported by an academic department at the University of Warwick, which provides research in manufacturing and technology. ... Read more
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