Funding of £5.4 million awarded today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will help six UK automotive suppliers win new business and close the skills gap.
Ford will create 318 new jobs at its Dagenham plant following an additional investment of £190 million to produce its new range of advanced technology diesel engines.
Jaguar Land Rover has secured £3.5 billion in UK supplier contracts for the manufacture of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which started rolling off the production line last week.
The agenda for the upcoming SMMT Open Forum has been announced, with a focus on the opportunities provided by autonomous vehicles.
The European new car market grew 6.4% this September, the 13th consecutive month of growth. So far 9,572,259 units have been registered in 2014, a 6.1% increase on this time last year, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).
As the nation’s biggest car producer in terms of volume since 1998, Nissan is a UK manufacturing success story, building one in three of the cars manufactured in the UK.
UK government has committed £11 million of funding available to accelerate the research and development of new carbon-cutting technologies for vehicles.
Nissan has announced that it is to expand its schools engagement activities in the UK, to encourage British schoolchildren to consider careers in the automotive industry.
Next week marks South African Automotive Week, so SMMT has taken a look at the country’s prospects as a destination of automotive investment.
As party conference season comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on what politicians’ plans are for the automotive industry ahead of next year’s General Election.