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BMW shifts Mini plant maintenance for Brexit buffer……

BMW is bringing next summer’s planned maintenance shutdown of its Oxford Mini plant forward to ensure against potential Brexit supply chain woes. The production halt, which is a regular fixture in the plant’s calendar, will now shift to the beginning of April to coincide with the UK’s departure from the EU, scheduled for 29 March. […]

Driverless car technology: En route to real-world autonomy

UPDATE: UK Autodrive was the winner of the automotive category of The Engineer’s 2018 Collaborate to Innovate Awards. Read about the other winning projects here. An ambitious real-world trial on the streets of Coventry and Milton Keynes is helping to put the UK at the forefront of driverless and connected car technology. Jon Excell reports.  […]

Exports drive manufacturing output for British auto and engine makers

Car manufacturing output is down in July but exports of UK-built commercial vehicles and engines bolster business for the automotive sector.  Car production in Britain dropped by -11 per cent in July 2018, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). In total, 121,051 vehicles left production lines compared with […]

Jaguar Classic announces all-electric E-type conversion

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed that its Classic Works division will offer a new service to convert the iconic E-type Jag into an all-electric vehicle. The announcement comes on the back of the E-type Zero concept, unveiled at the JLR Tech Fest in 2017. Positive reaction to the Zero prompted the OEM to make the […]

UK government announces funding for future mobility simulation

The government has announced a £12.1 million funding package to support six simulation and modelling projects for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and future mobility.  Part of the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, the projects will feature a range of industrial, academic and government partners across six separate consortiums, with work focused on the safety, […]

Jaguar Land Rover warns that “bad” Brexit will hit UK investment plans

The boss of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, has warned that a bad Brexit deal will jeopardise £80bn of investment in the UK. JLR’s Solihull factory is the UK’s largest car plant Calling on the government to urgently provide certainty for business, the firm’s chief executive Dr Ralf Speth has warned […]

Last week’s poll: Jaguar Land Rover in Slovakia

What is the main message we should take from Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to move production of Land Rover Discovery from Solihull to Slovakia? If 41 per cent of last week’s respondents are right, JLR’s decision to build Discovery models in a new Slovakian factory lays down a warning about what could happen if Brexit […]