Corporate Business

Matthew Stevens Appointed MG Motor UK Project Planning Manager

MG Motor UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Stevens to the role of Product & Planning Manager, further strengthening the brand’s Sales & Marketing team. Matthew is an experienced analyst and data insights professional with more than a decade of experience in automotive, having previously held roles at Kia Motors, JATO Dynamics and McLaren Automotive. Matthew’s role will cover both product management and marketing planning, ensuring that the MG network continues to benefit from the right product range and the best customer offers. MG continues to go from strength-to-strength, announcing record-breaking registrations every month in 2018, expanding its dealer network and introducing exciting new cars such as New MG3 and the MG ZS Compact-SUV. Top specifications, impressive technology, striking good looks, and a 7-year warranty have positioned MG as the leading brand in value-for-money motoring. 

JLR Sets New Full Year US Sales Record in 2017
Corporate Business

JLR Monthly International Sales Impacted By China Market Uncertainty

Jaguar Land Rover today reported total retail sales of 57,114 vehicles in September 2018, down 12.3% year on year despite strong sales for new models including the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE and E-PACE. Sales in China declined by 46.2%, as ongoing market uncertainty resulting from import duty changes and continued trade tensions held back consumer demand.

New MG3 - MG Motor UK enjoys record sales on the back of new model launches
Corporate Business

MG Motor Continues Growth with Most Successful 3rd Quarter Ever

MG Motor UK continues to be the fastest growing car manufacturer in the UK after achieving its most successful Q3 ever. Boosted by the launch of New MG3, the latest iteration of its successful B-segment hatchback, MG sold over 2,400 cars in Q3, beating last year’s volume by almost 82%. September’s sales results, taken from the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) market report, show that MG topped 1,000 registrations in a single month for only the third time ever, reaching an impressive 1,010 sales in the plate-change month. This represents a 20% volume growth in a challenging market which fell by over 20% versus 2017.

His Royal Highness (HRH) The Earl of Wessex
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HRH Earl of Wessex Helps Dedicate New JLR North American Headquarters

His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, joined employees at Jaguar Land Rover North America Friday at the official building dedication ceremony of its new state-of-the-art North American Headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey. The Earl joined employees to unveil a special plaque and commemorate the official opening of the new headquarters. Prior to the dedication ceremony, HRH met with various employees who had served time in the United States Armed Forces, as well as employees who spearhead charity efforts within the community. The Earl also took a brief tour of the new 30,000 sq. ft. product research, training, and development center.

Aston Martin 2018 Apprentice and Graduate
Aston Martin

Aston Martin CEO Plans Industrial Apprenticeship Foundation

Dr. Andy Palmer, President and Group Chief Executive of Aston Martin Lagonda, today announced plans to create the Palmer Foundation, a privately-funded programme to create industrial apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the UK. Andy Palmer, who began his own automotive career as an apprentice, has undertaken to fund the scheme, which will also be supported by existing shareholders, members of the senior management team at Aston Martin Lagonda and Hitomi Palmer, wife of the CEO.

BMW's MINI Plant in Oxford
Corporate Business

First Jaguar, Now MINI to Slow Production on Brexit Fears

First Jaguar, now MINI. Brexit is already playing havoc with the business of making cars in the United Kingdom and striking fear into global automakers. BMW said Tuesday that it would shut its MINI factory in England for one month of maintenance immediately after Brexit because it can’t be sure of getting the parts it needs if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade deal. Brexit will take effect on March 29. The MINI shutdown will begin on April 1. “While we believe this worst-case scenario is an unlikely outcome, we have to plan for it,” said BMW, which employs 4,200 workers at its MINI plant in Oxford.

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Aston Martin

DBZ Centenary Collection Celebrates Zagato Anniversary

In 2019, legendary Italian design house Zagato celebrates its centenary. For 58 of those hundred years, Aston Martin and Zagato have enjoyed a remarkable creative partnership. One in which these two iconic brands have created some of the world’s most desirable and stimulating cars, from the first DB4 GT Zagato to the latest Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. To commemorate this landmark year, Aston Martin and Zagato are continuing their historic partnership with a truly unique collaboration. One that will come to fruition in Zagato’s centenary year with the remarkable DBZ Centenary Collection – a unique project that pays tribute to an icon of the past and creates a classic of the future. 

Jaguar Announces US I-PACE Marketing Campaign - blue vehicle cable car
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Jaguar Announces US I-PACE Marketing Campaign

Jaguar North America today announced the national marketing launch plans for the brand’s first-ever, all-electric performance SUV, the I-PACE, led by the Jaguar Electrifies Experience, a multi-city national tour that will kick off in San Francisco and travel to key U.S. EV markets: Los Angeles, South Florida and the New York City metro areas. The Jaguar Electrifies Experience is designed to engage, entertain, and educate consumers on the full Jaguar vehicle lineup as well as the benefits of owning an electric vehicle. In addition to the Experience, retailers will host launch events throughout the fall to introduce the Jaguar I-PACE to consumers across the country.

McLaren Configurator 600 LT Kenny Brack
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Configurator – Configure Your McLaren From Your Couch

Buyers who have secured a 600LT Coupé are now exploring the wide range of colors and options available using an advanced real-time configurator to complete their order in retailers – but anybody with internet access can build their own perfect ‘Longtail’ using McLaren’s online 2D configurator. The pioneering specification system allows you to view the 600LT in any of the 28 different body colors offered, three of which are newly introduced with the launch of the 600LT: Myan Orange, Chicane Effect (grey); and Luminaire (green). 14 of the paint colors are in an MSO Defined palette developed by McLaren Special Operations for the new ‘Longtail’.

Jaguar Castle Bromwich Production Facility - © Copyright David Lally
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JLR Cutting Production at Castle Bromwich Plant

Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover said it will go down to a three-day production week at its Castle Bromwich plant in central England just days after Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, warned about the impact of Brexit and diesel policy on manufacturing. Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover on Monday confirmed a cut in its production schedule at the Castle Bromwich plant which manufactures Jaguar cars due to “continuing headwinds” impacting the British car industry. 

Dendrobium D1
Corporate Business

Dendrobium Supercar Makes Debut

The new British electric hypercar maker Dendrobium Automotive Limited recently made its UK public debut to huge acclaim within the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. The unique, all-electric Dendrobium D-1 wowed the guests at the ultra-exclusive 2018 Salon Privé garden party event, the model attracting enormous interest and many admiring glances, including the attention of His Grace The Duke of Marlborough of Blenheim Palace, who was very keen to discuss the unique and highly-advanced zero-emission D-1 hypercar.

Lagonda Vision Concept
Aston Martin

St Athan Confirmed as Home for Aston Martin Electrification

Aston Martin announced today that its second major UK manufacturing facility will become the brand’s center for electrification and the production home of the Lagonda brand, the world’s first zero-emission luxury marque. The Rapide E will be built in Wales when production commences in 2019. Aston Martin’s first all-electric production model creates a highly-desirable electric vehicle with the levels of performance expected of an Aston Martin. St Athan has also been named as the home of Lagonda production. As the world’s first luxury marque exclusively driven by zero emission powertrain technologies, Lagonda heralds the beginning of a new range of luxury vehicles that will commence production in 2021. The ‘Lagonda Vision Concept’, revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show hints at the bold design language that could be seen in future Lagonda products in as little as three years.

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Aston Martin

Aston Martin Heritage Showroom Open in Mayfair

Aston Martin Works’ new Heritage satellite showroom in the heart of London’s Mayfair is now open for business. Situated with the Aston Martin Brand Experience Centre at No.8 Dover Street, the Works Heritage showroom is a convenient destination for customers interested in acquiring a heritage model or learning about the restoration services available at Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell. Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works, said: The expansion of our Heritage showroom activity into Central London enables us to engage with our customers in the location where they work and live their lifestyle. It also supports the international appeal and invigorated interest in Aston Martin Heritage cars, allowing us to deliver a personal service to customers visiting the UK.

Aston Martin 2018 Apprentices and Graduates
Aston Martin

Intake of Apprentices at Aston Martin Largest Ever

Aston Martin welcomed its biggest ever intake of apprentices and graduates this week, all ready to start work for the world’s fastest-growing auto brand. With 50 apprentices and 26 graduates reporting for duty at Aston Martin’s Global Headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire, this investment in the future workforce underlines the manufacturer’s focus on remaining a competitive and agile business for many years to come. Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, who started his own career as an apprentice, was at Gaydon to greet the new starters.

JD Classics Enters Into Administration - Shop Area
Classic Cars

JD Classics Enters Into Administration

British firm JD Classics, a dealer of classic cars but also an expert restorer and organizer of classic racing events, entered administration last Friday. This is the UK equivalent process to entering bankruptcy protection here in the US. And yes, this is the same JD Classics firm the only just a few months ago hired as its CEO former Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales.

Lotus - Phil Popham
Corporate Business

Phil Popham Appointed Senior VP at Group Lotus

Group Lotus plc is delighted to announce the appointment of Phil Popham as Senior Vice-President – Commercial Operations for Group Lotus and CEO – Lotus Sports Cars, effective from the first of October, 2018. Phil will report to Group Lotus plc CEO, Mr. Feng Qingfeng. Popham joins Lotus from Sunseeker International where he held the role of CEO for four years. Prior to Sunseeker, he was part of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) executive team for nine years with global responsibility for commercial operations. The arrival of Phil Popham is the latest in a series of high-level appointments at Lotus, from both the global automotive industry and from within Lotus. A new business and operating structure has been put in place and the Lotus business is now set for the next stage of its future growth and global expansion. Mr. […]

Scottish Design Galleries V & A Dundee
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Scotland’s First Design Museum Receives Unique I-PACE Clay Model

A bespoke full-size clay model of the Jaguar I-PACE, created by the brand’s world-renowned designer Ian Callum, is to take center stage at Scotland’s first dedicated design museum. The I-PACE exhibit will be unveiled on 15 September at the grand opening of the new V&A Design Museum in Dundee, which highlights the global achievements of Scottish designers past and present. The clay model shows the painstaking and elaborate design process behind the firm’s first all-electric vehicle as well as the steps followed to create all new Jaguars.

JLR - JAGUAR LAND ROVER REPORTS SALES RESULTS
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August Worldwide Sales Figures Announced by Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover today reported total worldwide retail sales of 36,629 vehicles in August 2018, down 4.9% year on year. August 2018 Change year-on-year Jan – Aug 2018 Change year-on-year Jaguar – Land Rover 36,629 (4.9)% 390,992 (2.6)% Jaguar 11,802 7.7% 116,849 (1.9)% Land Rover 24,827 (9.9)% 274,143 (2.9)% Retail sales were up in the UK (64.9%), Overseas markets (20.2%) and North America (2.5%), with Europe slightly below last year (3.1%), waiting for last WLTP certifications. The China market remains unsettled following tariff changes and trade tensions (down 38.1%), although the reduction in duty from 25% to 15% is expected to be beneficial over the full year. UK sales were boosted by a catch up in WLTP certification of vehicles with only 2 derivatives remaining to be certified in September.

The New MG3
Corporate Business

New MG3 Leads MG Motor to August Sales Record

Led by the release of the new MG3, MG Motor UK continues to go from strength-to-strength in 2018 by once again announcing record new car sales. The August sales results, taken from the latest SMMT market report, show that MG has achieved an impressive 5,685 new car registrations so far in 2018, over 1,000 units more than it achieved in the whole of 2017. This significant increase in new car registrations amounts to an increase of 129% compared with the same period in 2017.