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UK aims to capitalize on growth of self-driving tech

Aug. 15, 2018 06:01 CET
The UK government is making 150 million pounds (170 million euros) available over five years to help fund pilot studies of self-driving cars. The country forecasts that the autonomous market will be worth more than 900 million pounds by 2035.

Indian ride-hailing service Ola will challenge Uber in UK

Aug. 8, 2018 09:55 CET
Indian ride-hailing firm Ola plans to launch its service in the UK this year, intensifying its rivalry with U.S. peer Uber.

No deal Brexit is not an option, Britain's car industry warns

July 31, 2018 08:30 CET
A no-deal Brexit is not an option for Britain's car industry, given the costs and disruption that automakers and consumers would suffer, the head of the country's automobile industry group said.

Why EVs could help teach UK consumers the price of electricity

July 18, 2018 10:18 CET
The UK's transition to EVs could become the catalyst that energy consumers need to learn about power markets and seek out the cheapest suppliers of electricity, a UK lawmaker said.

JUNE SALES

UK market 'stabilizing' despite sales falling nearly 4% on diesel plunge

July 16, 2018 14:48 CET
UK registrations fell 3.5 percent in June as demand for diesels plunged. VW Group's Seat had the biggest rise among brands, followed by BMW. Losers included Nissan, Dacia, Fiat, Renault, Ford and Vauxhall.

NICK GIBBS

Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2018
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match.

NICK GIBBS

Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2018
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva struggle to match.

UK plans investment boost for EV charging

July 9, 2018 10:18 CET
The UK will boost investment in EV infrastructure, including a 400-million-pound ($531 million) fund for companies that produce and install charging points, as it seeks to encourage consumers to move away from fuel-powered vehicles.

BMW races to get suppliers ready for Brexit

July 9, 2018 11:57 CET
BMW Group makes cars that can accelerate to 100 kph in 3.4 seconds, but as Brexit approaches the German automaker is working on something far more mundane: teaching suppliers to fill out customs forms.

JLR warns UK of $106 billion 'bad Brexit' toll

July 5, 2018 09:29 CET
JLR CEO Ralf Speth has warned Theresa May's government that a "bad Brexit" deal would jeopardize as much as 80 billion pounds ($106 billion) in investments over the next five years and could force the automaker to leave the UK.

Lotus taps Aston Martin exec for newly created post

July 4, 2018 13:30 CET
Lotus has hired a top Aston Martin executive as its commercial director -- a new job for the UK sports car maker -- as it prepares for increased growth under the ownership of China's Geely Holding Group.

BP will buy UK charging company Chargemaster

June 28, 2018 10:14 CET
BP will buy Chargemaster, the UK's largest electric vehicle charging company. The British oil company didn't disclose terms of the deal for Chargemaster which has 6,500 charging points across the UK.

Automakers face Brexit headache: 150 trucks a day

June 27, 2018 09:39 CET
Any sort of customs border between Britain and the EU would cause delays to the trucks which carry parts for just-in-time manufacturing of cars, said Stephan Freismuth, BMW's customs manager.

BMW's Dutch Mini production provides Brexit hedge

June 27, 2018 10:12 CET
BMW is cutting its dependence on its factory in Oxford, England, for Mini production by expanding a Dutch assembly site.

Brexit halves new investment in UK car industry, auto lobby group says

June 26, 2018 09:21 CET
Uncertainty over Brexit has halved new investment in the UK car industry because the government's current plans for trade after Britain leaves the EU are unrealistic, the SMMT industry association said.

Uber readies for a battle over permits in London court

June 25, 2018 11:32 CET
Uber will tell a London court that it is "fit and proper" to hold a license to operate in the capital after the city's transit authority said last September that it wasn't, and refused to extend its operating permit.

Aston Martin will open Silverstone test center

June 21, 2018 15:41 CET
Aston Martin will open a test and development center at Silverstone, the home of British Formula One racing, as the automaker continues to expand ahead of a possible stock market flotation.

UK still plans to end sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040, report say

June 20, 2018 11:58 CET
The UK still plans to end the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040 and will set out more detail as soon as this week, a government source said after a report suggested the plans were being watered down.

UK cities call for combustion-engine car ban to start earlier

June 18, 2018 16:37 CET
London's Mayor is among UK city leaders calling for the government to bring forward a plan to ban the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 10 years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality.

Jaguar Land Rover launches subscription lease service

June 14, 2018 12:33 CET
Jaguar Land Rover has launched a subscription lease service in the UK that could be rolled out

RICHARD TRUETT

Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2018
Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spiritual home will add appeal to JLR's most important vehicle launch yet.

JLR will cut more UK jobs as it moves Discovery output to Slovakia

June 11, 2018 15:12 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut more jobs in Britain as it moves all production of the Land Rover Discovery to lower-cost Slovakia before building its new Range Rover at an English factory.

MAY SALES

UK sales rise 3% in May on private demand

June 5, 2018 12:23 CET
UK registrations increased 3.4 percent in May as growing demand from individual consumers offset a decline from business buyers.

Britain wants to be a leader in self-driving cars

June 4, 2018 10:32 CET
The UK is stepping up plans to be a leader in self-driving cars by awarding 25 million pounds ($33 million) to new research projects.

London cab firm will build plug-in van using taxi tech

June 1, 2018 16:15 CET
The London Electric Vehicle Company, the taxi maker owned by China's Geely, plans to double production at its UK plant with the introduction of a van using the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain as its TX eCity taxi.

 
Tavares' success at PSA is a 'powerful incentive' for Renault to catch up


3:42 am U.S. ET | July 30 2018

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PSA's impressive performaance under CEO Carlos Tavares is a powerful incentive for his former company, Renault, to work hard to catch up, said Renault's No. ...
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Tavares may find it hard to maintain Opel's astonishing progress


10:00 am U.S. ET | July 24 2018

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Opel's astonishing recovery under PSA left analysts swooning. ...
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Nissan Leaf provides some twists on road to EV future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20 2018

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A week spent testing Nissan's new Leaf was frustrating logistically but encouraging overall. ...
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How I became a diesel believer again

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2018

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Like many other people, my faith in diesel has been challenged by revelations of emissions cheating. ...
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Why Ford execs are lobbying for the Focus sedan

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2018

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The pride that two key Ford executives have in the Focus sedan is so strong that they petitioned jou ...
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Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2018

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva ...
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New refuge for abandoned minivan fans?

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10 2018

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Loyal minivan buyers who aren't willing to join the shift to SUVs appear to have found refuge in one ...
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Opel's labor boss is ready for a fight

Christiaan Hetzner
12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 5 2018

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Opel's works council boss has spent most of the past six years quietly settling labor conflicts behi ...
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Why PSA is OK that its new compact vans are so alike

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3 2018

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PSA Group's new compact vans have a lot in common, a trait that is often very beneficial in the ligh ...
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