Aston Martin Partners with SMMT for Women in Engineering Initiative - Sally Leathers and Nikki Rimmington
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Aston Martin Partners with SMMT for Women in Engineering Initiative

Aston Martin has partnered with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to promote career opportunities in the automotive industry for women. The Women in Engineering event, held at the SMMT showroom in London earlier this week, highlighted the importance women play in design and engineering and offered an insight into the variety of careers on offer at Aston Martin. 

Jaguar Land Rover To Cut Manufacturing 1,000 Jobs
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Jaguar Land Rover To Cut Manufacturing 1,000 Jobs

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s biggest auto manufacturer, is cutting 1,000 jobs in the UK as the diesel scandal and slumping sales hit the beloved British brand. Now owned by India’s Tata Motors, JLR employs about 40,000 workers in the UK who produce over 500,000 vehicles a year. The company is cutting the jobs at the Birmingham factory that manufactures the Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery, and various Range Rover models. Demand for Jaguar Land Rover cars has fallen in Europe due to fallout from the VW led diesel emissions scandal. Jaguar Land Rover pointed out that “the huge drop in demand in diesels” led to its decision not to renew the contracts of 1,000 workers. Partially behind the decision is also said to be a sharp decline in British car sales that seems to be caused by a loss […]

MG's Cecil Kimber College Achieves Accreditation - Exterior View
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MG’s Cecil Kimber College Achieves Accreditation

Following significant investment in its Longbridge Training Venue, MG Motor UK has announced that the Cecil Kimber College has now been accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). This highly-coveted industry recognition signifies that MG has the capacity and high-standard infrastructure to deliver technical training to repairers across the MG dealer network. MG has invested significantly in developing its courses, training equipment, and infrastructure earlier this year. Including some development of the parts warehouse, the company has invested £0.5 million on adding new features such as workshop space for up to 10 vehicles, twin fully equipped classrooms to accommodate up to 20 delegates, two post hoists to allow for raised vehicle work and insulated flooring to accommodate electric and hybrid vehicle training.

Morgan Motor Company unveils London billboard campaign
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New Morgan Billboard Campaign in London

Morgan Motor Company has activated their first ever billboard campaign in and around London with two sites situated along prominent arterial routes. The Malvern-based company has seen a strong start to 2018 with record financial results of 19 percent revenue growth, pre-tax profits up by over 200 percent and global exports up by 10 percent. This year also saw two successful new model launches at the Geneva Motor Show and the reacquisition of the land on which the Morgan factory is built.

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6th Annual MG SAIC Design Challenge

For the sixth year running, the parent company of MG has launched the SAIC Design Challenge for automotive design students. Following the competition’s success in China, a European based competition has been launched now running for its second year. This year, students are being challenged to develop a flagship electric vehicle for the iconic MG Motor brand that will meet 2025 transport requirements. The technical level of entries that students are required to produce is very demanding, with future automotive designers producing fully-developed concepts. Last year, two European finalists were sent to China to present final designs at SAIC Motor’s global headquarters to the board and international members of the press.

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Bentley to Build World’s Largest Solar Parking Carport

Bentley Motors today announces that construction has started on the UK’s largest ever solar-powered carport at Bentley’s factory headquarters in Crewe, UK. The installation of 10,000 solar panels, which has a capacity of 2.7MW, will take approximately six months to complete. Once completed, the carport – which covers Bentley’s colleague car park – will take Bentley’s energy system to 30,815 solar panels. This includes the 20,815-panel rooftop installation completed in 2013.

Record Sales Month for MG
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Record Sales Month for MG in UK

MG has achieved a record sales month, with March 2018 figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirming a 49% increase in registrations compared to the same month last year. MG sold more than 1,100 cars in March, marking it as the brand’s highest monthly performance since its return to the market in 2008. Year-to-date, MG is the fastest-growing car brand in the UK, with sales increasing by 67% versus the same period in 2017. MG is partly attributing this success to its new warranty programme. Since the start of the year, all new MGs are backed by a manufacturer’s warranty of at least five years, led by the all-new MG ZS Compact-SUV, which has a 7-year/80,000 miles warranty. Daniel Gregorious, Head of Sales & Marketing at MG Motor UK, said: Our strong growth figures show that the MG […]

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MG RX5 SUV Goes On Sale in Qatar

Auto Class Cars, authorized distributor of MG in Qatar, has announced that the MG RX5 compact SUV will be available in the Qatari market by the end of April. MG Motor’s new ‘Hero SUV’ will be available at the MG showroom on Salwa Road, with prices starting at around QR54,000 (approximately $15K USD). The new MG RX5 will appeal to a range of customers, especially younger buyers looking for value for money in a stylish, technologically-advanced package that allows them to stand out from the crowd, according to a statement.

JLR Celebrates Opening of New North American Headquarters in Mahwah, NJ
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JLR Celebrates Opening of New North American Headquarters in Mahwah, NJ

Jaguar Land Rover North America today announced the official opening of its new state-of-the-art North American Headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey. Ahead of the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the opening was celebrated by three days of events, engaging employees, VIP guests, customers, retailers, students and local government officials. Activities included an Employee Open House for family and friends and an official Building Dedication Ceremony where Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, announced the official renaming of the street to Jaguar Land Rover Way—placing the new headquarters at 100 Jaguar Land Rover Way. Guests included Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover, Olympic Gold Medalist Meghan Duggan and Mayor Bill Laforet of Mahwah, New Jersey, who presented Jaguar Land Rover with a key to the city.

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JLR and Waymo Announce Long-Term Partnership

Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo today announce a long-term strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will develop the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service. Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) will work together to design and engineer self-driving Jaguar I-PACE vehicles. This long-term strategic collaboration will further Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover’s shared goals: to make cars safer, free up people’s valuable time and improve mobility for everyone.

Tom Jamieson - New Appointments at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley
Classic Cars

New Appointments at William Medcalf Vintage Bentley

William Medcalf continues to expand his vintage Bentley business beyond the realms of most classic car specialists. Not only is William Medcalf Vintage Bentley the world leader in the sales, service, restoration and rally preparation of any vintage Bentley model, the company also designs and manufactures hundreds of parts lines from its West Sussex HQ. Under the name of Benchmark Precision Engineering, Medcalf designs and fabricates a number of parts in-house using the latest CadCam technology and 3D printing methods. By doing this, William can personally engineer out known issues, making strong, usable components that follow the ethos of WO Bentley while ensuring modern tolerances and, crucially, retaining originality.

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S&P Global Rating Upgrade for Aston Martin

Aston Martin Holdings (UK) Ltd, the designer and manufacturer of luxury handcrafted sports cars, today welcomed the decision by S&P Global Ratings to upgrade its credit rating for the company. S&P has upgraded the company and its senior secured notes to ‘B’ from ‘B-‘, on the back of a consistent improvement in its operating and financial performance. In 2017, Aston Martin delivered record revenues, with profits growing by a quarter of a billion pounds as unit sales exceeded 5,000 for the first time since 2008. 

JLR - JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS SALES RESULTS
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JLR Achieves Second Highest February Sales

Jaguar Land Rover achieved its second-highest February sales performance with strong sales of the new Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Discovery and the new 18 model year Range Rover and Rover Sport as well as the new Jaguar E-PACE still ramping up, despite difficult trading conditions in key European markets, especially the UK. Retail sales of 39,911 Jaguars and Land Rovers in February were 2.6% down on the previous year’s all-time high. Solid demand in China (3.3% up) and other overseas markets (1.5% up) was offset by lower sales in the UK (15.2% down for the month) and Europe (6.9% down), where trading conditions remained challenging. Sales in North America were 2.2% down on the same month in the previous year. With the company’s sales up 2.9% in January, year-to-date sales are level with a year ago.

MINI Plant Oxford tours receive VisitEngland Tourism accolade
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Tours of MINI Plant Oxford Win Tourism Award

MINI Plant Oxford has received a top visitor attraction award from the official national tourism agency for England. The plant, which builds more than 1,000 MINIs each day, has been recognized by VisitEngland with a ‘Best Told Story Accolade’ for its factory tour, which gives visitors a behind the scenes look at how this iconic British car is made. Introduced by VisitEngland in 2014, the accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual unannounced assessment. They recognize attractions that ‘go the extra mile to provide a high-quality day out.’

JLR Sets New Full Year US Sales Record in 2017
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JLR North America Reports February US Sales

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC today reported February 2018 U.S. sales: Land Rover sales increased 19 percent to 6,828 units from 5,747 in February 2017; Jaguar sales were 2,185 units, a 37 percent decrease from 3,484 units in February 2017; Jaguar Land Rover February U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,013 units, a slight decrease from 9,231 units in February 2017. We are pleased to have our best ever February retail month in the U.S. for Land Rover and second best for the combined brands. With the sales momentum of the Jaguar F-PACE and the recent addition of the E-PACE, we look forward to the introduction of the I-PACE later this year. — Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC For the full year 2017, Jaguar Land Rover U.S. sales reached 114,333 units, up 9 […]

SAIC Motor Corporation Registers 6_8 Per Cent Growth
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SAIC Motor Corporation Registers 6.8 Per Cent Growth

SAIC Motor Corporation, the seventh largest automobile manufacturer globally and China’s largest automaker, sold 6.93 million vehicles in the calendar year 2017. The company registered an overall growth of 6.8 percent compared to 6.49 million vehicles sold in the year-ago period. SAIC’s self-owned passenger car brands MG and Roewe became the new engines for growth, driving more than 50% of SAIC’s overall sales growth in 2017. Sales of MG and Roewe surged 62 percent at over 520,000 units in 2017.

ASTON MARTIN PROFITS GROW BY QUARTER OF A BILLION POUNDS IN RECORD FULL-YEAR PERFORMANCE
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Aston Martin Profits Grow In Year Over Year Performance

Aston Martin Holdings (UK) Ltd, the designer and manufacturer of luxury handcrafted sports cars, today reported a record full-year financial performance driven by continued strong demand for the DB11 and special models. For the 12 months to 31 December 2017, the Group delivered its highest-ever revenues of £876m, up 48% versus the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA more than doubled to £207m, while pre-tax profit rose by a quarter of a billion pounds to £87m, reversing a pre-tax loss of £163m in 2016.

Rolls-Royce Announces Silver Ghost Collection
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Rolls-Royce Announces Silver Ghost Collection

One motor car changed the course of automotive history. Today, the legend is re-told as Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly announces the creation of a collection of 35 model year 2018 Rolls-Royce Ghosts, created in homage to the original Silver Ghost’s achievement. In 1904, a pioneering motorist, a brilliant entrepreneur and an intrepid engineer were united by a desire to succeed. Three years later, this success was recognized by the world’s media. An unfathomable challenge unprecedented of its time and legendary to this day, was completed by The Hon. Charles Rolls and Claude Johnson in Sir Henry Royce’s ‘Silver Ghost’. The car achieved a non-stop long distance endurance record of 14,371 miles. This challenge was to shape automotive and luxury history, creating a world-renowned benchmark for excellence in the process.

THE CELLPHONE THAT’S AS TOUGH AS A LAND ROVER DISCOVERY
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Land Rover Releasing … Mobile Phone?

The new Land Rover Explore mobile phone is tough and capable – like the Discovery SUV that inspired it. Powerful enough for two full days of typical use and durable enough to keep you connected when the going gets tough, it is developed by Land Rover and Bullitt Group and will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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US Demand for British Built Cars Increases

American demand for British-built cars rose in 2017, as increasing popularity of the UK’s ever-growing range of premium, luxury and sports cars, helped drive UK automotive exports to the country. Latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), show almost 210,000 US buyers chose a UK-made car last year, an uplift of 7.0%. A total of 1,671,166 vehicles rolled off UK production lines in 2017, a -3.0% decrease on 2016 – but still the second highest output since the turn of the century. Export demand from 160 markets worldwide now represents 79.9% of all UK car output – the highest proportion for five years.