UK car production forecast cut on sluggish Europe

Oct. 13, 2015 11:25 CET

Automakers will build about 1.8 million cars in 2017 in the UK, less than the 1.95 million originally expected, due to more sluggish growth in Europe, an industry body said....
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Europe's dealer groups adopt U.S. model to better handle downturns

Oct. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Dealer groups in Germany and the Nordic countries are starting to adopt the same centralized U.S. model that has helped make large auto retailers in the UK so resilient to downturns, according to a UK-based analyst....
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UK car sales rise 9% on strong demand for diesel

Oct. 6, 2015 11:39 CET

UK car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in September as demand for diesels and VW Group vehicles remained strong despite the automaker's emissions scandal....
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Jaguar Land Rover CEO Speth says brand's 'heart and the soul' will remain in the UK

Oct. 6, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is branching out of the UK with a factory in China and plans to build cars in Brazil and Slovakia. Another big change is Jaguar's addition of its first SUV. JLR CEO Ralf Speth explained to Automotive News Europe how both of the moves will help the automaker....
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GM veteran Harvey to head Vauxhall

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

GM veteran Rory Harvey has been appointed head of the Vauxhall brand in the UK. Harvey, 47, succeeds Tim Tozer, who is leaving the company, GM said....
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Hyundai UK retailer Rockar says mall-based sales a success, plans more stores

Sept. 18, 2015 11:48 CET

Hyundai plans to open another mall-based dealership with Rockar in the UK after deeming the first one a success. Rockar displays Hyundai vehicles and inform visitors about the cars, but sales are conducted online....
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UK's pro-EU carmakers say plants not at risk from Brexit

Sept. 17, 2015 13:02 CET

The UK's foreign-owned carmakers say they would not shut their plants if the country leaves the EU, though future investment could be at risk....
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UK car sales rise 10%, helped by cheap financing deals

Sept. 4, 2015 11:58 CET

UK car sales jumped by nearly 10 percent in August as consumers took advantage of attractive financing deals that helped drive the 42nd consecutive month of sales increases....
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UK car output falls 11% as plants retool for new models

Aug. 20, 2015 11:34 CET

UK car production fell by 11 percent in July as changes to holiday patterns and upcoming new launches such as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra resulted in early annual shutdowns at some plants....
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Lavishing leather, wood to defend ultraluxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Bentley Motors hopes to distance the British brand from competitors creeping into its ultra-luxury turn with a strategy of handcraftsmanship vs. machines....
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UK car sales growth slows in July; 'muted' growth forecast for second half

Aug. 6, 2015 12:14 CET

UK new-car registrations rose 3.2 percent to 178,420 in July, driven by sales of small cars and SUVs, according to the SMMT industry association. Growth likely will level off in the second half, it said....
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Opel names engineer to oversee quality

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel named mechanical engineer Elvira Toelkes as its new head of quality in Europe. Toelkes will be tasked with continuing Opel's drive to improve customer satisfaction. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall had below average scores in J.D. Power's vehicle satisfaction surveys....
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UK car production rose sharply in June as export demand surges

July 23, 2015 09:30 CET

British car production rose sharply last month, helped by an upturn in the number of cars built for export and capping the strongest half-year performance since 2008....
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Land Rover Defender production to be extended

July 17, 2015 10:43 CET

Jaguar Land Rover could extend production of its current-generation Land Rover Defender in Solihull, England, into early next year as it mulls where to build the iconic SUV's successor. Defender production had been scheduled to finish at the end of the year....
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Jaguar Land Rover criticizes new UK tax aimed at expensive cars

July 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said premium automakers will be unfairly penalized by a new UK vehicle tax scheme that is expected to hit sales of large SUVs and big sedans....
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UK new-car sales rise 13% in June boosted by low finance deals

July 6, 2015 10:55 CET

UK new-car registrations in June increased 13 percent to 257,817. The increase meant that sales were up by 7 percent in the first six months to 1.37 million, which marked the best half-year performance on record....
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Ford-Jaguar consortium to test driver-less pods in UK

June 16, 2015 12:30 CET

Ford and Jaguar Land Rover are teaming up with the UK government to test autonomous cars as an add-on to public transport systems. The UK Autodrive Consortium will place 40 self-driving transport “pods” in a town north of London for six months beginning in late 2017....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Aston will decide plant site in third quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its planned new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said....
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UK niche carmaker Bristol to use BMW power for new model

June 10, 2015 06:01 CET

UK niche automaker Bristol Cars said its first new car since it was bought out of bankruptcy in 2011 will be a grand tourer that uses a BMW hybrid engine. The model will launch in the autumn, Bristol said....
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Aston Martin will decide on new plant in third quarter

June 10, 2015 13:06 CET

Aston Martin will decide on the location of its new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover in the third quarter, CEO Andy Palmer said. Potential sites in the U.S. and the UK are under consideration, Palmer said....
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Mini still mulling Superleggera roadster production

June 10, 2015 15:04 CET

Mini is still examining whether it can make a business case for its Superleggera Vision roadster, a senior BMW executive said....
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Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs....
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UK new-car registrations up 2.4% in May

June 4, 2015 11:08 CET

UK new-car registrations in May rose by 2.4 percent, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said today. Sales were up 5.7 percent in the first five months, boosted by a fourfold increase in ultra-low emission vehicles, the organization said....
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German automakers fear possible UK exit from EU

May 29, 2015 10:42 CET

As the UK prepares to make a decision on its future within the EU, German companies are beginning to count the cost of a possible exit, with automakers such as BMW possibly having the most to lose....
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