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Automotive News, Late June, 2021

Published 8th July 2021

AUTOMOTIVE May engine production more than doubles but export growth sluggish UK factories made 116,639 engines in May, more than double May 2020’s output. May 2021 output down -47.6% on five-year average for the month. Year-to-date output rises 18.8% with increased production for the domestic market. https://www.smmt.co.uk/2021/06/may-engine-production-more-than-doubles-but-export-growth-sluggish/ UK commercial vehicle (CV) production increased to 6,243 […]

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Automotive News, Early June 2021

Published 8th June 2021

AUTOMOTIVE Aston Martin’s turnaround is gathering pace as the car maker’s new owners see early signs of progress. Revenues were up 153% to £224.4m in the first quarter of the year, with pre-tax losses narrowly significantly, from £110m to £42m. Executive chairman Lawrence Stroll, who took over last year, said: “I am delighted with the […]

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Automotive News, Late May 2021

Published 18th May 2021

AUTOMOTIVE 141,583 new cars registered in April as showrooms reopened – significantly up on April 2020 when lockdown closed retail and the nation, but still -12.9% down on decade average.  The SMMT revised its forecast upwards to 1.86m registrations by end of the year, up 13.9% on 2020. Plug-in vehicles forecast are to account for […]

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Automotive News, May 2021

Published 11th May 2021

AUTOMOTIVE UK car production rises on anniversary of pandemic-driven factory shuttering March UK car output grows 46.6% against Covid hit 2020 when pandemic forced factories to close. Monthly performance down -22.8% on five-year March average and Q1 down -4.0% year-on-year. Companies continue to wrestle with global supply chain issues, impact of new EU trading arrangements […]

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Automotive News, April 2021

Published 20th April 2021

AUTOMOTIVE Jaguar Land Rover sold 123,483 vehicles in its fourth quarter, 12.4% more than the same time last year, although total sales for the year were 13.6% lower. The luxury car maker, which has manufacturing sites in Halewood, Merseyside, and Castle Bromwich and Solihull in the West Midlands, revealed its China sales were up 127% […]

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Automotive News, March 2021

Published 18th March 2021

AUTOMOTIVE Nissan announces plans for major expansion of renewable energy at Sunderland Plant. The Proposal would generate enough power to build every Nissan LEAF sold in Europe, as Nissan heads towards a carbon-neutral future. Nissan has announced plans for a major expansion to renewable energy generation at its record-breaking plant in Sunderland, UK.  Complementing the […]

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Automotive News, March 2021

Published 4th March 2021

AUTOMOTIVE The University of Birmingham has launched a three-year research project with Bentley Motors to deliver a sustainable source of rare earth magnets for electric and hybrid vehicles. The £2.6m RaRE (Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines) project is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, and involves […]

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Automotive News – February 2021

Published 18th February 2021

AUTOMOTIVE The UK’s used car market declined in 2020, down -14.9% according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 6,752,959 used car transactions took place, 1,182,146 fewer than in 2019, making 2020 the lowest performing year since 2012 as lockdown measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and […]

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Automotive News, January 2021

Published 4th February 2021

AUTOMOTIVE UK car production declined -29.3% in 2020, to 920,928 units, according to the latest figures issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).  December, output was down -2.3% to 71,403, with some firms affected by border closures and thus component supply issues. This rounded off a dreadful year, the worst since 1984 […]

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Automotive News, December 2020

Published 22nd December 2020

AUTOMOTIVE  New HGV registrations decline -1.6% in Q3 2020 UK HGV market dips by 138 units to 8,419 in Q3 after turbulent first half of the year. Demand for rigids up by 12.6% mirroring demand for essential delivery services and construction as lockdown measures eased over the summer. Market currently down -39.6% year to date, […]

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