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Ford and JLR wield the jobs axe - the week

11 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Restructuring announcements by two major automakers imperiled the job prospects of thousands and rather took the edge off all the clever techie developments revealed out west at the CES show in Las Vegas. Such was the just-auto week.

CES – Harman ignites next era of car connectivity

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Just over a year ago, Harman International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, the pair have since leveraged their combined teams and resources to drive future mobility forward. They are again using this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to reveal a variety of novel connected car solutions that support their joint mission to become the leader in connectivity and autonomous driving. We are at CES this week where Harman has taken over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and filled its conference rooms with the very latest connected car and autonomous driving solutions. So let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.

CES - Luxoft showcases concept for autonomous and shared mobility

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

At this year’s CES, Luxoft, a global IT service provider, together with LG Electronics, Amazon, HERE and The Qt Company unveiled an autonomous mobility concept. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES, we spoke to Mikael Söderberg, Senior Technical Director, Automotive at Luxoft to learn more.

CES – Visteon’s vision of how the cockpit will evolve in the autonomous era

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Visteon’s cockpit domain controller, known as SmartCore™ aims to improve every aspect of the cockpit experience, including graphic display resolution and security, and provide a compelling value proposition to OEMs. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews at CES this week, we spoke to Robert R. Vallance, Senior Vice President, Customer Groups, Marketing and Communications, Visteon to learn more about SmartCore™ , how its business is shaping up in China and addressing custmer demand for individualisation.

CES – Continental on tomorrow’s mobility solutions

10 Jan 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Continental is using this year’s CES to demonstrate its solutions and key technologies for future cities around the theme "Mobility at your service. Freedom to Live." To learn more, we spoke to Ralph Lauxmann, Head of Systems & Technology, Chassis & Safety Division, Continental and Dr. Karsten Michels, Head of Systems & Technology, Interior Division, Continental.

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UK lawmakers' vote adds to Brexit uncertainties

16 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

A vote last night by representatives in the UK's lawmaking chamber, the House of Commons, on a proposed UK-EU Brexit deal has fueled uncertainty over trade and other arrangements between the UK and EU when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29th March.

Toyota officially starts Corolla production in UK

14 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has marked the official start of production of the redesigned Corolla hatchback and wagon with a ceremony at UK car plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire.

Union vows to fight job losses at Ford Bridgend engine plant

14 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Unite union said it would fight any compulsory redundancies following briefings last week 1,000 job losses were on the cards over the next two years at Ford's Bridgend engine plant in South Wales.

Honda UK plant plans 6-day Brexit shutdown

11 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Honda's Swindon plant in the UK will shut down for six days in April as part of the company's Brexit planning measures.

Ford ride-sharing operation to close

11 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

More bad news for Ford, which yesterday detailed its plan to restructure its European operations and shed potentially thousands of jobs - its ride-share service Chariot is ending operations in the US and the UK by the end of March.

Jaguar Land Rover confirms 4,500 job cuts

10 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it is cutting 4,500 jobs from its global workforce, with most of the reduction set for the UK workforce that stands at 40,000.

JLR sales dip in December and fiscal year to date

10 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales dropped 6.4% year on year to 52,160 units in December, parent Tata Motors said.

UK car market down 7% in 2018

7 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Preliminary figures from the SMMT show that the UK car market in 2018 was down by 7% at 2.37m units.

Hankook Tyre appoints Brett Emerson as UK MD

3 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Hankook Tyre UK has announced the appointment of Brett Emerson as its British managing director.

UK car output down a fifth in November

21 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

British car production fell by a hefty 19.6% in November against last year's pace, according to SMMT data, as export demand slumped (down 23%).

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