SMMT Open Forum to focus on the future of driverless vehicles

SMMT’s upcoming Open Forum will give UK automotive suppliers a valuable insight into the development and future of autonomous vehicles. The event will take place on Tuesday 4 November at Cranmore Park, Solihull, bringing together 300 delegates from across the automotive sector. The day will feature a range of presentations regarding opportunities for industry investment, Read more

European new car market sees 12 months of growth

The number of new cars registered across Europe in July and August increased 5.6% and 2.1% respectively, yielding 12 consecutive months of growth. So far this year, 8,336,159 cars have been registered in Europe, marking an increase of 6.0%, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

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Caterham and Morgan show highs of low-volume manufacturing

UK automotive manufacturers come in all shapes and sizes, but it is often the industry’s low volume manufacturers, like Caterham and Morgan, that spark the most enthusiasm and excitement.
Low volume doesn’t mean low levels of production and financial performance; here are four key statistics that show the strength of the UK’s low volume manufacturers.

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Ford produces three millionth low-carbon engine

Ford has reached its landmark three millionth low-carbon diesel engine to be produced at the company’s manufacturing centre in Dagenham. The site produces over 30,000 engines a month, and has been building the small-capacity diesel engines since May 2007. In 2013 over 76,000 Ford vehicles sold in the UK were fitted with the low-carbon engine, Read more

European manufacturers charge ahead to expand EV infrastructure

A consortium of electric vehicle manufacturers have united in order to develop a network of rapid charge points across the UK. Members of the joint project include Nissan, BMW, VW and Renault. This marks the first time leading pure electric vehicle manufacturers have come together to accelerate the growth of EV charging infrastructure. Once completed, Read more

Rolls-Royce safeguards 200 jobs with new Centre

Rolls-Royce has announced that it will open a new Technology and Logistics Centre in Bognor Regis, West Sussex in 2016, safeguarding 200 jobs and creating a number of new roles. The 30,000m2 site will complement Rolls-Royce’s manufacturing facility just eight miles away in Goodwood. It will consolidate three current operations – an inbound warehouse for Read more

Small manufacturers are focussing on UK sales for growth

Two thirds of small manufacturers in England feel that increasing sales in the UK will be the source of future growth for their business, according to the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer. The advisory body attributed positivity in the sector to the millions of pounds that have been invested in the UK automotive industry Read more

Five things you need to know before Going Ultra Low

So far this year, more ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) have been registered than ever before, with 59% more people choosing pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars than in 2013. The success of the UK’s lowest-emitting vehicles is thanks, in part, to Go Ultra Low, a joint industry and government campaign to educate motorists on the benefits of ULEVs.

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Bus and coach registrations fall in August but year-to-date stable

Bus and coach market shows decline of 271 units in August, but year-to-date remains stable with 0.3% drop. Purpose-built sector fell by 57.6%, with a year-to-date decrease of 6.3%. Registrations for past 12 months are strong, particularly for converted buses, with a 8.1% increase overall.

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Strong demand for vans continues to carry commercial vehicle market

Commercial vehicle market grows 11.9%, increasing registrations to 214,959 for the year-to-date, up 13%. Continued growth seen in van market; up 22.3% in August and 19.1% to 192,948 units for the year-to-date. Truck registrations down 22% for the year-to-date, with a fall of 22.7% in August continuing the trend. Rolling year totals remain strong, up 12.9%, fuelled by the rush in late 2013 for pre-Euro-6 vehicles.

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