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MG Motor UK Strong Growth Continues in February

MG Motor UK has maintained its exceptional start to the year in February, recording its 28th consecutive month of volume and market share growth with a 97% increase in sales versus the same period last year. Placing style, practicality and value for money at the heart of its offering, 883 exciting new MG models found homes during February despite a declining automotive market overall. MG also delivered a strong proposition in terms of market share (1.1%), making it three months in a row that MG has achieved a share in excess of 1%. The marque, once again, remains the fastest growing car manufacturer in the UK.

Geneva International Motor Show Cancelled
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Geneva International Motor Show Cancelled

The 90th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show, which was supposed to welcome the media starting today and the general public from 5 to 15 March 2020, will now finally not take place. This is an injunction decision of the Federal Council of February 28, 2020 that no events with more than 1,000 people are allowed to take place until March 15, 2020. The decision fell just 3 days before the opening of the exhibition to the media.

Paul Rigby MG opens at historic Longbridge site
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Paul Rigby MG Open in Historic Longbridge

MG Motor UK, the UK’s fastest growing car manufacturer, has bolstered its brand representation once again in the West Midlands with the launch of Paul Rigby MG Longbridge. Situated in the historic conference centre at the Longbridge site, the newly established dealership joins a growing network of MG retailers in and around the heart of the UK. Boasting several sites across Birmingham and the Black Country, the launch of Paul Rigby MG Longbridge represents the group’s first venture into the MG brand. Famed for its exceptional, uncompromised customer service, Paul Rigby Group boasts the space and infrastructure to support MG’s ambitious growth ambitions for 2020.

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Jaguar Land Rover Unveils Future of Urban Mobility

Jaguar Land Rover unveiled the bold new concept vehicle, Project Vector, as part of the company’s Destination Zero journey, offering its vision of an autonomous, electric, connected future for urban mobility. Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission is an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Delivered through relentless innovation, the company’s focus is on achieving a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion – through its products, services and across its facilities.

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HRH Prince of Wales Visits Aston Martin Lagonda

Friday, Aston Martin Lagonda welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to its new manufacturing facility at St Athan in Wales. The visit was also enjoyed by a group of Aston Martin apprentices and school children from the local area who came along to see the new facility. Aston Martin Lagonda, St Athan now also bears a plaque, commemorating the Royal visit, which was presented to the team by His Royal Highness.

Ralf Speth Stepping Down as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover
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Ralf Speth Stepping Down as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover

On January 30, 2020, Mr Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover plc announced that Prof Sir Ralf Speth had decided to retire from his current role as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover at the end of his contract term in September 2020.

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Morgan Launches Plus 6 3D Online Configurator

The Morgan Motor Company has launched an immersive 3D online configurator for its newest model, the Plus Six. Featuring high-fidelity graphics and the Plus Six’s extensive range of options, it makes the perfect tool both for customers to finalize the specification of their car, and for enthusiasts to imagine their dream Morgan. The Plus Six is the first Morgan to have been designed entirely using computer aided design (CAD), which has allowed the car to be modeled in the configurator with total accuracy. Combined with the integration of games development software and WebGL technology, it allows for a photo-realistic 3D representation of the car. The user can move the car to view it from any angle, and even zoom in to view its features in detail.

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Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary Limited Edition

The Morgan Motor Company is to celebrate 70 years of its most popular model, the Plus 4, with the creation of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition. First built in 1950, the Plus 4 is one of the company’s best-selling models throughout seven decades of production, and is admired by fans of Morgan worldwide. Morgan recently announced that models built on its famous steel chassis will cease production in 2020, and the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition commemorates this important moment, too. For the first time ever, the chassis will be painted in gold, highlighting its significance in Morgan’s 111-year history. Just 20 Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition cars are to be built. They feature an individually numbered plaque, marking them out for years to come as some of the last steel-chassis Plus 4 models. A specially embroidered headrest will […]

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Jaguar Land Rover November Sales – Down Overall

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in November 2019 were 46,542 vehicles, down 3.4% compared to November 2018. Sales continued to improve in China (up 29.0% year-on-year) marking the fifth consecutive month of double-digit sales growth in the region. North America also grew (4.9%), achieving best ever November sales levels. Sales were down in the UK (-10.8% reflecting lower industry and lower incentives on selected models), Europe (-16.8%, largely reflecting higher sales a year ago ahead of tax changes in certain jurisdictions), and Overseas (-16.7%, largely Russia and MENA).

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MG Motor Continues Record Growth in November 2019

MG Motor UK has maintained its position as the UK’s fastest-growing car manufacturer after posting its 25th consecutive month of year-on-year growth in November. MG recorded 1,186 sales over the course of the month, a 29% increase compared to last November. MG also achieved a record monthly market share since, securing 0.76% of the new car market. Year-to-date, MG has sold 11,373 cars, 35% more than in the same 11 months last year.

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Aston Martin

Aston Martin Produces First Cars at St Athans Plant

Aston Martin Lagonda’s second UK manufacturing plant has started to produce cars, as the latest pre-production models of the luxury British carmaker’s first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, are built. The 90-acre, former Ministry of Defence site at St Athan in Wales was announced as the second UK plant for Aston Martin Lagonda in early 2016 and since then the whole site, including three ‘Super Hangars’, has been transformed into a modern manufacturing facility for our hand-crafted British cars. Forming part of Aston Martin’s continued investment in the UK, the opening of St Athan has so far created 200 jobs and is expected to create up to 550 more. Also, as a direct result of this investment a further 3,000 jobs will likely be created across the supply chain and local businesses.

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MG Sets Sales Record for 19th Consecutive Month

MG Motor UK is celebrating its nineteenth consecutive record-breaking month for sales with the confirmation of May’s sales figures by the SMMT. With sales reaching 1,212 cars in May alone, MG has seen its second largest month ever, increasing its volume by almost 50% compared to the same month in 2018. Year-to-date MG’s sales volume is up by almost 53%, meaning that MG retains its crown as the fastest-growing car manufacturer in the UK.

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Ian Callum Leaving Jaguar, Julian Thomson Announced as Successor

Jaguar today announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades heading up Jaguar Design. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of Design, effective July 1, 2019. Since joining Jaguar in 1999, Ian has built a world-class creative design team, established a new design philosophy and revived the range with award-winning designs. These include F-TYPE – Jaguar’s first two-seater sports car since the iconic E-type – the XE, XF and XJ saloons, and the marque’s first SUVs – F-PACE, E-PACE and most recently the all-electric I-PACE, which in April was crowned 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car.

CHINA CONTINUES TO IMPACT OVERALL PERFORMANCE DESPITE STRONG SALES GROWTH IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE UK
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Despite Strong NA and UK Sales, China Continues to Affect JLR Sales

Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in February 2019 were 38,288 vehicles, down 4.1% compared to February last year. Strong sales of I-PACE, E-PACE, refreshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport were offset by overall weak customer demand in China as well as the run out of the old Range Rover Evoque, with sales of the all-new Evoque expected to ramp up over the coming months. February 2019 Change year-on-year Apr 2018 – Feb 2019 Change year-on-year Jaguar Land Rover 38,288 (4.1)% 502,020 (5.4)% Jaguar 12,235 5.8% 155,936 3.8% Land Rover 26,053 (8.1)% 346,084 (9.0)% Retail sales were up significantly in North America (25.4%), UK (11.3%) and modestly higher in Europe (1.1%) but weaker market conditions continued to weigh on sales in China (down 47.6%).

She Did It! Jaguar Celebrates International Women's Day
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She Did It! Jaguar Celebrates International Women’s Day

Jaguar’s women are celebrating International Women’s Day by showcasing automotive industry careers in a new video. The video, called #SheDidIt, stars some of the female employees who design, manufacture, test and sell our cars. Creating a workforce as diverse as our customers will help Jaguar deliver the cars women want. The women of #SheDidIt tell a full female story of Jaguar vehicles, from clay modeler Shamaila Khan’s design work right through to customer Jess Monks, who loves her Jaguar F-PACE performance SUV.

Investindustrial Acquires Majority Stake In Morgan Motor Company
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Investindustrial Acquires Majority Stake In Morgan Motor Company

Investindustrial has today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Morgan Motor Company Ltd (“Morgan”), the iconic 110-year old British sports cars manufacturer. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and it is expected to complete in April 2019. The Morgan family will continue to act as stewards for the brand and retains a minority shareholding. Meanwhile, for the first time in its history, the management team and all employees will have a share of the business. The investment is executed without financial debt, and Morgan will have a positive net cash position upon closing of the transaction. The investment in Morgan is made by a separate fund (with a different strategy) from Investindustrial V L.P. (whose investment subsidiaries hold a stake in Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC).

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Citroën and Austin Healey but not that Austin-Healey

So the headlines confused even us. There is a partnership between French car manufacturer Citroën and Austin Healey. But before you get all excited, as I must admit we did, you need to know that it is not the Austin-Healey you are thinking of. This Austin Healey is a person, a renowned British sportsman. So, Citroën UK proudly to announced that English rugby star and sports commentator, Austin Healey, is the official UK Brand Ambassador for New C5 Aircross SUV. From playing rugby for England to showing off his moves on Strictly Come Dancing, Austin embodies Citroën’s ‘Be Different, Feel Good’ spirit.

Land Rover Expands Ingenium Engine Line with 3-Liter Straight-Six
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Land Rover Expands Ingenium Engine Line with 3-Liter Straight-Six

Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its Ingenium engine family with a new six-cylinder petrol engine designed and engineered in-house and manufactured at its £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK. The 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder petrol engine, which will debut on the Range Rover Sport, is available in 360PS and 400PS versions with torque capable of up to 495 and 550Nm, is more responsive and better balanced than the outgoing V6 petrol. It features a unique combination of an electric supercharger to deliver immediate response supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift, which boosts power and help the engine to breathe with maximum efficiency. These performance-boosting technologies, combined with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, optimizes performance, fuel economy and reduces emissions. The MHEV 48V system uses a small integrated electric motor to harvest energy lost during deceleration, […]

Bentley Motors Open 2019 Apprentice Recruitment
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Bentley Motors Open 2019 Apprentice Recruitment

Bentley Motors is launching its 2019 Apprentice recruitment campaign with 51 new positions to start in the autumn of 2019. Opportunities cover areas including Digital, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Purchasing, as well as Engineering and Manufacturing. The structured digital career path will offer technical, academic and hands-on experiences to support the digital transformation of the company. Commenting on the recruitment drive, Dr. Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board for People, Digitalisation and IT at Bentley Motors, said: The apprenticeship programme is existential to secure and develop the future talent at Bentley. In the rapidly changing world of automotive, mobility and services, we are proud to deepen the existing digital experiences that already exist as part of the programme, by launching pure digital apprenticeship positions. It is vital as we transform our business that we look to the next […]

Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Program for 2019
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Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Program for 2019

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that a record number of places are available for the company’s 2019 Apprenticeship Programme. Since the program was launched in 2006, numbers have progressively increased, with 2019 offering a record 31 candidates the opportunity to join the team at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex. The Programme includes, for the first time, Sir Ralph Robins Degree Apprenticeships. Sir Ralph Robins is a Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and has had an exceptional career in engineering and industry. The Degree Apprenticeships have been launched in Sir Ralph’s name in recognition of his contribution to the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The Apprentices will study for BEng Mechanical Engineering Degrees at the University of Chichester, attending the University’s new Engineering and Digital Technology Park.