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Jaguar Land Rover is injecting £450 million into its Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) to double capacity as the brand looks to grow its sales volumes around the world.
The factory will be taking on “hundreds” of new staff and it brings JLR’s total investments in the engine plant to over £1 billion.
The EMC has produced over 50,000 engines in the last 12 months. JLR’s Ingenium engine was launched on the Jaguar XE and are used on the Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, XF and F-Pace.
Jaguar Land Rover chief executive, Dr. Ralf Speth said: “The Engine Manufacturing Centre is a strategically significant facility for Jaguar Land Rover.
“The decision to expand our operations at the site provides a clear signal of our commitment to meeting customer demand for cleaner and more efficient engines, while developing the skills and capability that Britain needs if it is to remain globally competitive.”
In the 12 months since its opening the EMC has seen its workforce reach 700 with further recruitment ongoing.
Source: AM Online
Vauxhall has defended its previous statement saying its models do not feature emissions defeat devices after tests by BBC Panorama claim otherwise.
A Zafira Tourer Ecoflex Panorama tested was shown not to meet EU emissions rules. The BBC programme used a vehicle testing facility in the Czech Republic to check diesel emission levels on a Volkswagen Passat and an Opel Zafira and drags Vauxhall into VW’s long running emissions scandal.
The Panorama documentary was shown last night and also showed VW’s defeat device in action, with the Passat showing different NOx emissions outputs when the car was run on a “hot test”.
Vauxhall said: “We suspect that the vehicle tested (Zafira 1.6 diesel) was not performing correctly and/or the test execution was not correctly set up.
“In order that Panorama did not potentially draw the wrong conclusions from their testing we requested full test reports and data from the testing including how the vehicle and test was set up, the technical state of the vehicle and details of the pre-conditioning of the vehicle which is necessary to achieve a stabilised condition for the test.
“Panorama has refused to share information on the technical accuracy of the test prior to the broadcast.”
Vauxhall stands by its previous statement that its vehicles do not have any feature that detects that a vehicle is undergoing an emissions test, including any feature that would respond to wheels turning.
The company’s statement following the Panorama programme, said: “Vauxhall products comply with all regulatory requirements, including the in-service emissions testing program, according to EU rules.
“These requirements are periodically audited by the approval authority.”
Source: AM Online
Fast expanding Vertu Motors is building a £6m Nissan dealership in Glasgow.
The dealership, which features an eight-storey glass tower, will be the dealer group’s 12th Nissan outlet in the UK, trading under its Macklin Motors division.
The new building will take the place of DC Thomson’s print works which is being demolished.
The layout will include a new car showroom at a raised level and used car sales at a lower level alongside a multi-storey car park for vehicle storage. The site will also include an MOT and service centre.
Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors, said: “We will be investing around £6m over the next 12 months in the construction of this flagship site in Glasgow.
“Building a brand new dealership in the heart of the city, close to the M8, is a big investment, but it will all be worth it once the building is complete. The design is really unique, possibly the first of its type in Scotland.
“We will have vehicles throughout two floors of the building, which will be mostly made of glass, and the cars displayed inside the eight-storey tower will be visible for miles around. We hope that it will create a lot of jobs in the area and also provide an opportunity for young people to learn a trade as part of our apprenticeship programme.”
Vertu is rated number five in the Motor Trader Top 200 dealer groups with annual turnover of £2.07bn.
Diesel cars outperformed petrol cars at auction in October, according to remarketing specialist Manheim.
It said the average selling prices of used diesel cars rose by 2.1%, compared to an increase of just below 1% for used petrol cars.
Michael Buxton, CEO of Manheim UK, said there was still “significant demand” for diesel at auction and this was reflected in rising values.
“Fuel economy is frequently cited as one of the top considerations for car buyers, and our latest data indicates that there is still significant demand for diesel cars, which tend to emit less CO2 than equivalent petrol models and deliver greater fuel economy.”
Separately, figures compiled by Automotive Industry Data found that diesel sales accounted for 51.6% of the Western Europe market in October, compared to 53.3% in October last year.
Diesel sales in France, however, were badly hit with market share plummeting eight percentage points to 54.3% over the 12-month period.
Calls to effectively ban or reduce usage of existing diesel cars in major towns and cities could see the values of affected vehicles fall significantly, predicts Glass’s.
Glass’s believes that it could make some older cars effectively ‘unsellable’ if there is a widespread move to stop diesels from entering urban areas.
Rupert Pontin, head of valuations at Glass’s, said, ‘The UK is seeing an ongoing problem with air quality in many areas and it is a serious issue with the finger being pointed firmly at older diesel cars.
‘Defra recently released a report suggesting the introduction of ‘clean air zones’ in six cities while there is also understandable anger towards car manufacturers following the recent emissions scandal.
‘All of this is creating momentum behind an anti-diesel movement. However, there are more than 10 million diesel cars in the UK and we are asking what happens to them if these ideas become reality?’
Rupert said that the Defra report suggested that in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton, access to urban areas for certain kinds of vehicle should be restricted. It adds that 38 out of 43 areas in the UK are failing EU air quality standards thanks to high levels of NOx, largely from diesels.
‘If these areas decide to enforce restrictions or bans on diesel use, it inevitably makes the cars affected less usable and will reduce demand. Owners of diesel vehicles affected will see the values reduced, perhaps quite considerably, so it is reasonable to look at the implications. Should they be recompensed in some way? Should we see the introduction of a scrappage scheme, as recently suggested by MPs in the Commons Environmental Audit Committee?’
Rupert added that there was also a strong argument that simply singling out diesel as the ‘bad fuel’ also represented something of an oversimplification of the whole subject of emissions.
Road users feel being ‘patient’ (24%) and ‘giving themselves more time for journeys’ (20%) are top priorities in helping to make the UK’s roads safer.
The research, published by Venson, is helping to highlight Brake Road Safety Week (23-29 November 2015) and aimed at understanding drivers’ approach to road safety.
This year’s Brake Road Safety Week asks everyone to ‘drive less, live more’, and encourages people to consider how they use the roads and to walk, cycle or use public transport instead of just jumping in the car. Encouragingly, 75% in the Venson poll said they would, occasionally, leave their car at home to cut pollution.
Driving slower in bad weather conditions was the third highest answer (15%) in the Venson research. Sticking to the speed limit came in fourth (13%), followed by staying further back from other vehicles and paying more attention to other road users – each receiving 12% of motorists’ votes. Surprisingly, giving cyclists more room when overtaking only got 1% of the vote.
Samantha Roff, managing director for Venson Automotive Solutions, said, ‘Brake Road Safety Week offers motorists and other road users a time to reflect on the small changes they can make to boost safety for everyone. It’s clear that people are willing to make some changes to help make the roads safer and cut pollution. Sometimes it’s the little things we do that make the biggest difference.’
Brake Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year.