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Marshall features in Great place to Work ranking

Marshall Motor Holdings has been named by Great Place to Work as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces in its annual Best Workplaces ranking.

The company was ranked 22nd in the Large Company category ahead of household names like TSB, H&M and Yorkshire Building Society. Groupe Renault UK was named as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces in the Medium Company category.

The ranking is achieved with an employee survey and an audit into the organisation’s management and HR practices. The Best Workplace award gives companies the opportunity to be publicly recognised as a great employer, brand and business.

Daksh Gupta, Marshall Motors chief executive, said “We are very proud to have achieved Best Workplaces ranking for the third consecutive year and be the number 1 automotive company.

Motor Trader

2017 London motor show – picture gallery and show report

From Aston Martin to Skoda, our gallery runs through all of the best metal from this year’s London motor show. The London motor show has rolled into town for the second time since its resurrection last year, and appears to have grown a little.

Credit where it’s due: the show has improved its new noteworthy metal count to four – the Alpina B4 SDavid Brown Mini RemasteredKahn Vengeance Volante and MG XS. Four UK debuts trounces last year’s two, and shows signs of the show germinating after its merely whelming start last year.


New car sales crash after tax changes

New car showrooms had their worst month in seven years as sales fell by nearly a fifth in April.

The dive was shrugged off by the industry as a result of inflated sales in the new registration plate month of March heightened by an April 1 deadline on new car tax rates as well as the long bank holiday Easter weekend being much later this year.

Total sales in April fell by more than 37,000 units to 152,000. Sales of diesels fell 27 per cent, taken by some as a reaction to the negativity around diesel engines for environmental reasons and the plans of ministers to incentivise the scrapping of older diesel models.

New registrations of all cars with private buyers slumped 28 per cent. Sales of electric and hybrid cars also fell, by a little over 1 per cent, the first monthly decline in nearly four years.

Some of Britain’s bestselling cars were also hit. The Ford Focus, regularly the second largest selling model, fell to fifth, while the Vauxhall Corsa dropped out of the top ten completely.

“There is an element of uncertainty, particularly due to the upcoming elections, which is encouraging customers to delay their purchases,” Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association, said.

She also called on ministers to boost electric and hybrid sales. “It is important that the government continues to support motorists who are willing to switch to greener cars.”

The Times

Electric Car Sales Are Suddenly Taking Off in Europe

It’s no secret that Americans are embracing electric cars. But new data show that increasingly Europeans are too.

Sales of battery-powered cars soared 38 percent in the first quarter after models including Renault SA’s improved Zoe won buyers in Germany and Spain. That compares with a gain of 2.9 percent for all of last year.

New registrations—a proxy for sales—for battery-powered cars increased in the first quarter to 32,627 from 23,703 in the EU, Norway and Switzerland, the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said Thursday in a statement. That surge still couldn’t match demand in America, where electric car sales jumped 49 percent to 40,700 units in the period, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (The U.S. car market is some 16 percent larger than Europe’s.)Bottom of Form

Manufacturers including Germany’s Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG are racing to widen their line-ups of electric cars to meet tougher emissions rules and provide an alternative to polluting diesels tarnished by the VW scandal. But so far sales have missed industry targets due to customer concerns about vehicle-battery range and high prices. Governments in response have introduced incentives and pledged big investments in charging technology.


Uber and Waymo face off in court over self-driving row

Two giants in self-driving car technology will face each other in court on Wednesday. Ride-sharing firm Uber is accused of stealing trade secrets from Waymo – the company spun out from Google’s self-driving division. Waymo has a requested an injunction that would stop Uber from using the disputed tech, which could severely hamper Uber’s development of self-driving cars. Uber has denied the allegations.


Electric car website lets you plug in on someone else’s drive

Electric car owners will be able to power up their vehicles on driveways across Britain after the launch of an Airbnb-style rental system for charge points. For the first time, a peer-to-peer booking service has been established that allows homeowners to profit from renting their chargers to other motorists. The move follows concerns that drivers are being put off from buying a green car because of the lack of decent public charge points, particularly on long journeys. There are more than 11,000 public charge points in Britain for the 86,000 vehicles bought since 2011, but the system has been criticised as complex and expensive, with a shortage of rapid chargers that can power up cars in minutes.

The Times

General Motors says it will become the first automaker to generate profit from electric cars

US auto giant General Motors is poised to become the first manufacturer to make a profit from electric vehicles, a GM executive predicted on Monday. The company leads the pack in reducing the cost of electric vehicles and ultimately offering an affordable version, said Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president for product development. Engineers have been working to reduce mass and improve battery efficiency since it does not take as much power to move a lighter-weight vehicle, he said.

The Daily Telegraph

Samsung given go-ahead to test self-driving cars on public roads

Samsung’s push into auto technology hit a new milestone after authorities in South Korea granted the company permission to test its self-driving cars on the nation’s roads. The decision by the Seoul government keeps the South Korean electronics group in competition with the likes of Uber, Alphabet and Apple — all of which of are already testing autonomous vehicles. Last month Apple, a Samsung rival, was granted permission by regulators in California to test its self-driving vehicles in the US state.

The Financial Times

Small and medium-sized businesses start to feel the pinch of inflation, survey shows

A survey of more than 370 small and medium-sized manufacturers has shown that new orders grew at their fastest rate in three years during the first quarter of 2017, but inflationary pressures are starting to bite. The research, conducted by the Confederation of British Industry, showed that demand was driven by both domestic and export orders in the three months to April, but a weak pound since the Brexit vote lead to the strongest rises in unit costs and prices in six years.

The Independent

Posted by Sue Robinson on 05/05/2017