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Ford goes for a Spin - the week

9 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

When it comes to urban mobility, the stand-on electric scooter is vying to be a part of the picture, via an asset-sharing business model.

Hands-On Tech - Nissan Qashqai

7 Nov 2018 | Cat Dow

Nissan’s Qashqai Pilot One Edition is this month’s test vehicle in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT ) reporting series. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series looks to benchmark the connectivity functionality of each manufacturer based on various test criteria. Nissan’s attempts to leapfrog competitors to deliver a next-generation package that will future-proof its popularity and perhaps jobs in post-Brexit Britain have mixed results.

Your smart office on the move - the week

2 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

I have tried typing from the back seat of a car on quite a few occasions (needs must and all that) and it's not much fun.

ANALYSIS - Land Rover future models

30 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

September was an uncharacteristically poor month for Land Rover, with deliveries down 19 per cent. That's being blamed on tariff rises in China. Europe and North America are still strong though, and new models should help get Land Rover back into growth mode in all major markets.

Jaguar rethink? Results season starts - the week

26 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

"Will Tata reinvent Jaguar as the new Tesla?" We asked. You read.

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JLR global sales dip in October despite strong UK and US

12 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in October 2018 fell 4.6% year on year to 44,282 units despite, the company said, strong sales of newer models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and E-Pace SUVs and updated Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

UK heavy truck sales decline continues through third quarter

12 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The UK new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined 7% year on year in Q3 2018, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Scottish Minister holds urgent talks on Michelin closure

8 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Scottish Finance and Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay has held urgent talks with trade unions and Michelin management to discuss the future of the Dundee plant, following confirmation by the manufacturer it has decided to close the plant in 2020 with the loss of 845 jobs.

Aston Martin's new St Athan plant nears completion

8 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

With the unveiling of Aston Martin Lagonda’s first SUV scheduled for the last quarter of 2019, work is progressing to complete the new St Athan factory in Wales.

Schaeffler UK job cuts could number around 585 - source

7 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Reliable sources close to Schaeffler indicate around 585 British jobs are at risk as the company unveiled plans to close two manufacturing sites in the UK, but insisted Brexit uncertainty was not the main reason for the move.

Union "complete shock" after Michelin Dundee closure plan

7 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

UK union, Unite says it was a "complete and utter shock" to hear news this week [6 November) Michelin planned to shutter its Dundee plant in Scotland, insisting the tyre supplier was aware of the labour body's job safeguard plan.

Large vans drive UK LCV market

7 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased in October, according to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

West European car market down 7.3% in October

6 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Data from LMC Automotive shows that the West European car market stayed firmly in reverse gear in October as the effects of the new WLTP emissions testing standard continued to be felt (in September, WLTP effects sent the market down by 23%).

Schaeffler hints at Brexit as two UK sites due to close

6 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Schaeffler says it is proposing to shutter two UK plants as uncertainty continues to swirl surrounding the UK's trading arrangements with the European Union (EU) after Britain exits the 27-strong grouping next March (2019).

Unite slams Michelin plan to shutter Dundee plant as "betrayal"

6 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Michelin union, Unite has condemned the tyre manufacturer's announcement it intends to close its Dundee plant in Scotland in 2020 with the loss of 845 jobs as "a betrayal of the workforce."

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