Automotive News, June 2019

AUTOMOTIVE BMW and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are to join forces on developing electric car technologies. The car giants said they would work together to develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics. Both firms have struggled to maintain profit margins amid falling car sales and higher costs as well as the need to invest in future technologies. Car firms are being forced to make low emission vehicles to meet more stringent anti-pollution rules. There have been a number of similar tie-ups aimed at sharing ... Read more

Automotive News, March 2019

AUTOMOTIVE The Pininfarina Battista is reportedly the most powerful road-legal car ever to be built, with a 0-100 km/h in less than two seconds, and 0-300km/h in fewer than 12. More importantly though, it is electric. Designed and built in Italy, the Pininfarina Battista was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, which got underway in early March. Since its launch in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has been regarded as the benchmark for the 21st century supercar. It had tough specifications to ... Read more

Automotive News, February 2019

AUTOMOTIVE Aston Martin has achieved annual revenues of more than £1bn for the first time after it achieved a big jump in car sales. It sold 6,441 vehicles in 2018, 26% more than a year earlier, although average selling price was down slightly to £157,000. It is the car manufacturer’s first annual results since becoming a public company following its float in October. The Warwick-headquartered group has had a bumpy entry to the markets, with its shares down nearly 30% since going public. ... Read more

Automotive News, January 2019

AUTOMOTIVE There is something unmistakably Aston Martin about the new Vantage. It retains the British marque’s characteristic blend of aggression and sophistication – like a cage fighter squeezed into a Savile Row suit. However, it is in other respects quite different to cars that have gone before it and the rest of the current range.  The previous Aston Martin line-up felt a bit like a set of Russian dolls but now there is a concerted effort now to give each new model ... Read more

Automotive News, December 2018

AUTOMOTIVE It is no secret that the electric and hybrid vehicle market is experiencing a high level of growth, particularly as consumers become more aware of global sustainability issues. Not only do electric vehicles help the environment, they are becoming more viable from a cost perspective. However, a common factor preventing consumers from purchasing fully electric vehicles (EVs) is ‘range anxiety’; barriers to entry include concerns about not being able to do long journeys, lengthy charging times and a lack of charging ... Read more

Automotive News, November 2018

Ford is in talks with a chemical company about using its Bridgend plant to build a new off-road vehicle. Ineos Automotive plans to build a car to replace the Land Rover Defender, which went out of production in 2016. Talks come a week after Ford told staff working on the new Jaguar engine not to come to work for five days. Ford employs 1,850 people in Bridgend, though there have been concerns about the plant's long-term future. The car giant will stop producing ... Read more

Automotive News, October 2018

With Brexit, impending and many companies in limbo about the future, Bentley Motors leads the way, recruiting a new intake of apprentices as the business takes a strong stance toward UK manufacturing. As the company prepares to celebrate its centenary year, Bentley Motors has recruited a new intake of apprentices, undergraduates and graduates to its 4,000-strong workforce. Covering areas such as sales and marketing, communications, digital, finance and purchasing, and of course, engineering and manufacturing departments. Out of the 83 new recruits, ... Read more

Automotive News September 2018

What has been described as the UK’s “largest independent vehicle battery manufacturer” will reportedly open in early 2019 in Coventry, creating around 90 new jobs with Aston Martin as its first customer. The multi-million-pound, high-tech facility will be operated by a new joint venture – Hyperbat, which combines the innovation, manufacturing and logistics strengths of Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group. Alongside providing a secure future supply chain for UK-based car-makers as their vehicles transition to electric power, there is also ... Read more

Automotive Latest News – August 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Solihull has been at the centre of that transformation for more than 10 years, and in 2017 it won The Manufacturer Manufacturing Excellence Award for ‘Leadership and Strategy’ at the first attempt.   Since the 2008 buyout of Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) by India’s Tata Motors, JLR has become a global success story. Tata’s strategy was to invest heavily in growth at a time when other multinationals were retrenching following the worldwide financial crash. Since then, JLR has continued ... Read more

Automotive News, July 2018

High-performance testing and development engineers from Toyota Motorsport have joined forces with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in a bid to remain in pole position of the automotive technology grid. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), whose parent company is Toyota Motor Corporation, has built its reputation in motorsport via World Rally, Formula 1 and now the FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours. In parallel to its motorsport activities, TMG also carries out a wide ... Read more
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