Retooling continues to affect engine manufacturing

202,132 engines built in November – a drop of 12.6% – as impact of retooling for new models continued.
Year-to-date output subdued with a 7.0% fall to 2,235,331 units.
Recent investments into UK engine manufacturing mean long-term expectations are positive for industry.

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CV manufacturing level in November after months of decline

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell just 0.7% in November.
Resurgent home market demand grew for second month, but exports remained subdued.
Year-to-date fall of 21.6% affected by 2013 restructuring; more positive 2015 expected.

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Auto industry urges London rethink on Ultra Low Emission Zone

Welcoming plans for an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London by 2020, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today said London should set the benchmark for the world’s great cities by implementing a scheme which demands the very best in vehicle technology. In an open letter to the Mayor of London, SMMT has called for a rethink of the current proposals set out by Transport for London (TfL) to enforce the latest emission standards for both petrol and diesel vehicles. This reflects the step change in clean diesel technology, and helps to ensure similar schemes across the UK and Europe are harmonised.

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Open letter to the Mayor of London: Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – London’s opportunity to drive emission reductions, mobility and growth

An open letter to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson urging a rethink on Transport for London proposals for an Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Dear Mayor,

London is Europe’s leading mega city. It has the opportunity to create an effective policy framework to address urban air quality whilst driving continued improvements in carbon emissions, mobility and industrial growth. The introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone in London from 2020, if implemented correctly, could set a precedent for other cities, not just in the UK but around the world – many of which face similar air quality challenges. This is why London has to get it right.

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Focus on: India

From 21 – 24 January, SMMT will be taking a UK delegation to attend the SIAT Symposium in India. As one of the world’s fastest growing economies, companies have already identified the huge potential for business in the country.

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The Next Generation of talent – Nicole Agba interview

At last week’s SMMT Annual Dinner, Coventry University graduate Nicole Agba was announced as the first ever female winner of the sixth Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award. We spoke to Nicole to find out more about the inspiration for her entry and her future in the industry.

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