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JLR’s announcement of £1bn investment in Castle Bromwich

Have EVs reached a tipping point in the UK?

2019-07-25T10:04:00+01:00By Ian Henry

With the continued political uncertainty from the lack of Brexit progress, JLR announcement of a £1bn investment in its Castle Bromwich facility to make the new electric XJ will be met with some relief by the UK government, writes Ian Henry

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Honda closure deals blow to UK

2019-02-19T13:06:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Honda has announced plans to close its Swindon plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle in 2021. The statement, which was published on the company’s website, refers to the changing nature of the global auto industry and Honda’s “commitment to electrified cars” as the main reasons behind ...


Dashboard meeting

2019-01-11T10:43:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Switching from gantry line to a fleet of AGVs, an IAC facility near Liverpool has brought swift and smart adaptability to its instrument panel assembly process

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New year, new arrangements

2018-12-10T16:41:00+00:00By Ian Henry

As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints.

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Unease in the East

2018-11-21T14:15:00+00:00By Nick Gibbs

Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China

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Piecing it all together

2018-11-06T11:23:00+00:00By Ian Henry

Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector

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JLR opens Nitra plant

2018-10-30T17:18:00+00:00By AMS

Slovakia - Jaguar Land Rover has opened its manufacturing facility in Nitra, which is located in the west of the country, an hour’s drive from the capital Bratislava. It cost the company €1.4bn (US$1.59bn) to build, covers an area of 300,000 sq.m, and has an annual output of 150,000 vehicles.

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Rolls-Royce appoints production head

2018-10-25T16:27:51+01:00By AMS

UK - Johann Wolf has been named director of manufacturing at the company. He has 40 years of experience working in the BMW Group and holding various different manufacturing roles, in the latest of which he was responsible for integrating new products into the company's Dingolfing plant.

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Food for thought in Paris

2018-10-09T17:22:05+01:00By Ian Henry

So many big names were absent from this year’s Paris motor show that the long-term future of these events must soon be called into question. Nissan, Volvo, Opel, Ford and Fiat in particular were notable no-shows. Audi and Skoda had a presence, but the Volkswagen brand was perhaps the biggest ...

Volvo Cars recycled plastics

Waste not...

2018-09-13T12:03:32+01:00By ams_karenmccandless

Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries

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PSA – setting a new pace with Opel

2018-08-20T11:58:41+01:00By Ian Henry

Having bought the perennial loss-making Opel-Vauxhall operations from GM last year, PSA has lost no time in starting with the turnaround required. And the early signs are that it has already had a notable impact, something which may surprise many, myself included. When the acquisition was announced in early 2017, ...

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Centre of operations

2018-08-17T09:56:02+01:00By Ian Henry

Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategies

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PSA and Nissan exploring new ground

2018-07-17T11:29:47+01:00By Ian Henry

An interesting news report caught my eye recently; the article suggested that PSA – whose Chinese plants are operating well below capacity – will lease one of its factories in China to Nissan later this summer. The report suggested that the factory and its workforce will move to Nissan in ...

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Gaining PACE!

2018-07-05T14:24:50+01:00By Ian Henry

Groupe PSA’s acquisition of GM’s loss-making European operations raised a few eyebrows. Ian Henry looks at the plan to turn around the Opel/Vauxhall brands

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Diesel – is the final curtain about to fall?

2018-06-19T15:14:22+01:00By Ian Henry

Car companies across Europe are facing a serious problem with their diesel line-ups; whether it is the loss of consumer confidence following the VW crisis, or a rising environmental awareness among consumers, coupled with evident official policy moving against diesel, barely a week goes by without reports of declining diesel ...

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JLR opts for EU over UK

2018-06-13T11:49:05+01:00By Michael Nash

Uncertainties surrounding Brexit are causing some OEMs to move car production from the UK to Europe. Michael Nash investigates

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Out now: Electric Vehicles 2018

2018-05-11T16:57:44+01:00By aladmin

As governments and vehicle-makers turn away from combustion engines, the time for EVs is now


Packing in the power

2018-05-10T11:47:16+01:00By Mike Farish

As JLR ramps up its electrification efforts, Mike Farish visits a pilot production line for battery packs, developed together with WMG at the University of Warwick

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Lofty production plans

2018-04-26T15:36:07+01:00By Ian Henry

AMS provides a summary of the latest electrification plans outlined by numerous OEMs across the world

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Of Geneva, Brexit and yet more diesel scandal …

2018-03-21T18:00:35+00:00By Ian Henry

It’s March, so it’s time for the annual trip to the Geneva motor show. These days I just do a day trip which means a long day, first plane out and last plane back. This year I had a 2-hour delay at Heathrow on the way out, an hour’s delay ...