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Mitsubishi times ULEV charge perfectly at SMMT

In a year when registrations of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) – that’s pure electric, plug-in hybrid and range extended electric vehicles – have seen a 265% increase in demand, Mitsubishi has launched the Outlander PHEV in the UK.

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Engine production remains subdued in October

UK engine production fell 17.0% to 211,258 units in October as re-tooling for new models continued.
2,033,199 engines built so far in 2014 – a fall of 6.4%.
Outlook is positive for the long-term, with UK engine production receiving significant recent investment.

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CV production stabilising as UK demand picks up

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing declined 8.9% in October – the smallest monthly fall since June 2013.
Production for the UK market increased 14.6% in the month, but exports fell 30.6%.
2014-to-date volumes still affected by last year’s restructuring, falling 23.5% to 57,981 units.

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Tamzen Isacsson appointed to new Director of Communications and International Role

      SMMT is pleased to announce the appointment of Tamzen Isacsson to the post of Director of Communications and International. This new position has been created to enable the SMMT to focus its UK and international communication activities on the promotion of the UK industry, helping to attract more investment in the sector. Read more

UK Nissan Qashqai production is huge – here’s why

Last week marked the two millionth Nissan Qashqai produced at the manufacturer’s Sunderland plant. The scope and scale of Qashqai’s success is difficult to appreciate, so here are three facts that might help.

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McLaren opens doors to budding engineers

The McLaren Group today welcomed groups of students to its Technology Centre in Woking as part of an initiative to encourage young people into automotive engineering.

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13.1% growth in October bus and coach market

Total bus and coach registrations increased 13.1% in October, with a 2.9% rise in the rolling year.
Registrations for the overall market in the year-to-date remain down with a 3.0% drop this month.

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