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Ford and VW announce collaboration

Ford and VW announce collaboration

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The long-awaited collaboration between Ford and Volkswagen (VW) has been announced at the Detroit motor show. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed that the companies intend to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for global markets beginning as early as 2022. The alliance will drive significant scale and efficiencies and enable both companies to share investments in vehicle architectures that deliver distinct capabilities and technologies. The companies estimate the commercial van and pickup cooperation will yield improved annual pre-tax operating results, starting in 2023.  Also, Volkswagen and Ford have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electri...
JLR and Ford announce job cuts

JLR and Ford announce job cuts

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Ford of Europe have both announced a series of measures aimed at returning businesses to profitability, including job cuts and potential plant closures. JLR has announced it is moving into the next phase of its ‘Charge and Accelerate’ programme, which aims to deliver £2.5 billion (€2.8 billion) in cost reductions over 18 months. As part of this, it will reduce its global workforce by around 4,500 people, in addition to the 1,500 who left the business last year. The company says that the next phase of this transformation programme will begin with a voluntary redundancy programme in the UK. This strategic review will create a leaner, more resilient organisation with a flatter management structure. ‘We are taking decisive action to help deliver l
Kwik Fit and BTCC to raise money for cancer charity

Kwik Fit and BTCC to raise money for cancer charity

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The UK’s largest motorsport championship and the UK’s leading automotive servicing and repair company today announce that they are joining forces over the 2019 season to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. The announcement is being made at the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) stand at Autosport International, the first public event for the BTCC under the new title sponsorship for 2019. Kwik Fit and the BTCC will be seeking to help Children with Cancer UK by coming together to harness the support of the race teams and nearly 400,000 spectators who attend the race weekends throughout the season, as well as those who follow the championship on TV and via social media and online channels. Kwik Fit staff will be present at all the championship circuits to help fu
Ford seats subjected to ‘sweaty bum’ test

Ford seats subjected to ‘sweaty bum’ test

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https://youtu.be/1imWlr_PiPA Joining a gym, taking an exercise class or breaking out the running kit are high on many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions. But not everyone will want to – or be able to – have a shower before jumping in their car to go home afterwards. Ford is making sure that all this good work isn’t bad news for your car seat with the help of a robotic bottom simulator called “Robutt”. First used to ensure that the materials used in Ford’s car seats could withstand a decade’s regular dry wear and tear, engineers have now developed “Robutt” to simulate what happens when we get in our cars when we are a bit on the sweaty side. “Cars are a part of our everyday lives, and at this time of year in particular, so is exercise,” said Florian Rohwer, developmen
Diesel drops dramatically as CO2 rises in 2018

Diesel drops dramatically as CO2 rises in 2018

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The UK’s new car market dropped by 6.8% in 2018 as CO2 levels in the country rose for the second year in succession. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a total of 2,367,147 units were sold in the full twelve months. In December, the market fell by 5.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This capped a turbulent year of model changes, regulatory upheaval and continued anti-diesel policies, adding to ongoing declines in consumer and business confidence. The drop in diesel sales did not help, with December marking the 21st consecutive month of decline for the market. In 2018, diesel fell 29.6% to record a market share of just 31.7%. In December, the fuel fell 26.3%. This is despite new emissions tests showing diesels deliver in the real w
UK car sales dip again in October

UK car sales dip again in October

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The UK’s new car market declined again in October as the market shows some signs of recovery following the introduction of WLTP. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), registrations in October fell by 2.9% with 153,599 vehicles sold. With various carmakers still struggling with model shortages due to the new emissions test regime, the figures suggest the spike in August and decline in September are helping to balance the market out. Declines were seen in both private and fleet sectors, with registrations down 1% and 5.2% respectively. Meanwhile, continuing uncertainty over government policy on diesel saw demand fall by a further 21.3%. Registrations of petrol cars rose 7.1%, while the market for alternatively fuelled veh
Range anxiety is a needless worry for EV drivers

Range anxiety is a needless worry for EV drivers

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Running out of power mid-journey is the top worry for prospective electric vehicle buyers - but most drivers could take a full week of normal trips without recharging, according to research by DrivingElectric.com, the independent consumer advice website on electric vehicles. The surprise finding of the study into British driving habits shows most drivers cover fewer miles over seven days than many typical electric cars can manage on one single charge. DrivingElectric.com analysed the journey habits of almost 500 drivers to discover that 'range anxiety' is an unnecessary concern for most people. Researchers found that the total average mileage covered by most drivers in a typical week, including travel for social, leisure, shopping, school runs and commuting, falls well within
Polestar evaluates carbon fibre after successful crash test

Polestar evaluates carbon fibre after successful crash test

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Polestar has undertaken the first of a series of crash tests as part of the development of the Polestar 1. This represents the first time the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fibre reinforced polymer body in a real crash situation. “We were really excited about this crash test. The first crash test of Polestar 1 has been about exploring the unknown,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar. “This was a crucial proof point in the development of Polestar 1; we had to know that the ideas and calculations that have gone into building this car were right – and they were.” In contrast to a steel body where bending helps the integrated crumple zones to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches the vehicle’s occupants, carbon fibre dissipates
What Car? launches EV ‘true range’ data

What Car? launches EV ‘true range’ data

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What Car?, has launched an electric vehicle (EV) version of its acclaimed True MPG test. Called Real Range, the new test reflects the way people actually drive and allows anyone considering an EV to directly compare the ranges of different models. In addition, Real Range tells you how much you can expect a full charge to cost and shows the efficiency of each car in miles per kWh. The first results are live on the What Car? website now, and more will be added in the coming weeks and months. Currently topping the table is the new Hyundai Kona Electric, with a Real Range of 259 miles, closely followed by the Jaguar I-Pace and Kia e-Niro, both of which managed 253 miles – the equivalent of travelling from London to Snowdonia. What Car? Real Range Results Make Model
BBC announces new Top Gear line-up

BBC announces new Top Gear line-up

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The BBC has announced who will replace Matt Le Blanc on motoring show Top Gear, bringing in not one, but two new presenters. Joining Chris Harris for Series 27, expected to be broadcast in late 2019, is comedian Paddy McGuinness and former cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. They will take over hosting duties from Le Blanc, who announced his departure earlier in the year due to time commitments, and Rory Reid, who will be stepping back to host the show’s digital spin-off Extra Gear. In its announcement, the BBC says “In a move certain to unnerve health and safety chiefs, the trio will begin production on Series 27 of the BBC Two show in early 2019 - with their inaugural series premiering later in the year. “Top Gear bosses promise petrolheads and fans that the car will remain