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UK should bring forward combustion-engine ban to 2032, lawmakers say

Oct. 19, 2018 12:09 CET
The UK should bring forward a ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans by eight years to 2032 to help the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, a parliamentary committee said.

Suppliers warn hard Brexit may set UK back decades

Oct. 17, 2018 14:45 CET
Failure to secure a trade deal for Britain when it exits the EU next year could set the UK auto sector back two decades, leading parts suppliers said.

Nissan delays UK pay talks pending Brexit clarity

Oct. 15, 2018 11:18 CET
Nissan, which operates the UK's biggest car factory, has delayed the start of pay talks with its staff in the country until the terms of Britain's exit from the EU become clearer. Nissan was due to start negotiating with its workforce this autumn.

UK will cut plug-in hybrid subsidies in push to EVs

Oct. 12, 2018 09:35 CET
The UK government's decision to cut incentives for plug-in hybrid vehicles could have a devastating impact on demand, industry association SMMT said.

UK auto industry launches contingency program for no-deal Brexit

Oct. 10, 2018 09:34 CET
A no-deal Brexit could have "devastating consequences" and businesses must plan for all eventualities, including the worst, the SMMT industry association warned.

SEPTEMBER SALES

UK sales drop 21% after WLTP introduction

Oct. 4, 2018 12:27 CET
UK new-car registrations dropped 21 percent in September following the introduction of a new testing regime, the SMMT industry body said.

PSA warns that making vehicles separately for UK and EU would impact British production

Oct. 4, 2018 10:21 CET
PSA's Europe boss, Maxime Picat, has said that if the UK's departure from the EU disrupts trade to the extent the automaker has to make vehicles separately for the two markets, there would be an impact on its British production.

Japan waves goodbye to UK as 'gateway to Europe' post-Brexit

Oct. 3, 2018 09:42 CET
As the risk of a no-deal Brexit looms larger and nearer, Japanese companies are not waiting to find out whether the UK government can deliver, instead they are shifting their operations out of the country or threatening to scale them back.

Ghosn optimistic on Brexit deal

Oct. 2, 2018 14:05 CET
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn is optimistic that UK and EU officials will reach an agreement on Brexit that will not “jeopardize” the British economy.

Aston Martin throttles back price range ahead of IPO

Oct. 2, 2018 08:04 CET
Aston Martin pared back its supercharged stock-market ambitions ahead of a planned initial public offering this week, lowering the top end of its targeted range by about 11 percent.

UK will have fully autonomous cars on roads in 3-4 years, minister says

Oct. 1, 2018 17:23 CET
Britain will see fully autonomous cars on its roads in three to four years and there will still be a role for diesel cars for many years, the country's transport minister said.

Aston Martin says stock market debut fully subscribed

Oct. 1, 2018 10:51 CET
Aston Martin said its stock market share offer had been fully subscribed after it tightened and slightly lowered its price range to between 18.50 pounds ($24.11) and 20 pounds per share.

Ford starts online sales in UK

Sept. 26, 2018 06:01 CET
Ford has attempted online sales twice previously in the UK, its biggest European market, without success. The automaker now believes the market is ready.

Aston Martin plans October IPO worth up to $6.7 billion

Sept. 20, 2018 10:55 CET
Aston Martin says it is seeking a valuation of up to 5.07 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) from a stock market flotation in October. The automaker will publish a prospectus on Thursday and hopes to announce its final pricing at the beginning of next month, ahead of an IPO on or around Oct. 8.

JLR faces fresh Brexit dilemma over UK-built parts

Sept. 20, 2018 10:15 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is facing a fresh Brexit dilemma as it aims to boost the proportion of parts made in the UK to simplify its supply chains and save costs. But the prospect of an EU exit is making it tougher to persuade suppliers to expand in the country.

Rule out 'no deal' Brexit, UK car industry warns in Brussels

Sept. 19, 2018 12:20 CET
London and the EU should rule out a 'no deal' Brexit, which could add at least 5.7 billion euros ($6.65 billion) in car tariffs and snarl up production, the UK's SMMT industry body warned.

Mini moves plant shutdown as hedge on no-deal Brexit

Sept. 18, 2018 15:35 CET
Mini's plant in Oxford, England, will move its annual maintenance shutdown to April next year when Britain is due to leave the EU.

Brexit without a deal would complicate driving in Europe, UK says

Sept. 14, 2018 11:20 CET
Leaving the EU without a divorce deal could make life for UK citizens and businesses more difficult, including forcing motorists to get an international license to drive in Europe, the government said.

UK government wants to uphold CO2 rules in no-deal Brexit

Sept. 14, 2018 10:34 CET
The UK government will try not to impose extra burdens on the auto industry for reporting CO2 emissions if it leaves the EU without a deal, but will seek to maintain rules that correspond to current bloc arrangements.

Aston Martin's new UK factory will be EV hub

Sept. 11, 2018 15:05 CET
Aston Martin says its new UK factory will build the Rapide E electric sports car and Lagonda EVs.

UK boosts funding for green vehicles

Sept. 11, 2018 14:16 CET
The UK government announced an extra 106 million pounds ($138 million) in funding to help boost the research and development of environmentally-friendly vehicles, batteries and low-carbon technology as it aims to make Britain a world-leader in greener vehicles.

UK air-taxi company takes flight, inspired by F1 racing advances

Sept. 10, 2018 14:06 CET
A UK energy entrepreneur and former Formula One team owner is entering the race to build intercity "flying taxi" services that tap recent aerospace advances while steering clear of more fanciful ideas touted by rival companies.

Jaguar Land Rover recovery clouded by Brexit uncertainty, Tata chairman says

Sept. 10, 2018 15:19 CET
Protracted Brexit talks are weighing on the recovery prospects of Jaguar Land Rover, according to its Indian owner.

AUGUST SALES

UK sales increase 23% on WLTP

Sept. 6, 2018 12:04 CET
UK registrations jumped by 23 percent in August as automakers reduced vehicle stocks ahead of the new WLTP testing regime, which went into force on Sept. 1.

Dyson moves ahead on EV plan with test center

Aug. 30, 2018 09:35 CET
Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, is charging ahead with a $2.6 billion push to start building electric cars, unveiling plans to turn a former airfield into a vehicle-testing site.

 
Why Porsche's CFO calls Germany's digital infrastructure a 'catastrophe'

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Porsche's CFO and IT boss says that Germany's digital infrastructure "is an absolute catastrophe" th ...
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Could Jaguar become an EV-only brand?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2018

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Could Jaguar become an EV-only brand? That's the strategy under consideration by company leaders, on ...
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German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

Christiaan Hetzner
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2018

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German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may hav ...
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Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

Christiaan Hetzner
8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9 2018

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Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-di ...
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How women are tackling the industry's glass ceiling

Peter Sigal
7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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To say that the automotive industry is male-dominated is an understatement. ...
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Why China is by far the world's largest market for full-electric cars

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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China is the largest market for EVs in the world after finding the simple formula for success: Combi ...
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Why Russia's Rolls rival fails to impress

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2018

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Russia's luxury Aurus brand aspires to rival Bentley and Rolls-Royce, not just in Russia but in Euro ...
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Riding in ZF's 'flying billboard'


9:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25 2018

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ZF Friedrichshafen began making gears for the Zeppelin airships back in 1900. ...
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Rising Star starts new adventure

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2018

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Former Mazda Europe executive and 2017 Rising Star Christian Ohm is starting a new adventure this month. ...
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Why Aston Martin's CEO expects automaker to be more profitable than Ferrari

Nick Gibbs
4:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2018

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As Aston Martin plans its London IPO, CEO Andy Palmer believes the company will be more profitable t ...
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