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Old August 12th, 2019, 02:25 PM   #2341
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Some positive news in the British car industry?! Expect it to go largely unreported.
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Great news. 40% rise is pretty impressive.
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Old August 20th, 2019, 10:44 AM   #2343
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Although a bit further down the m42 than we’d have liked good to see JLR investing further


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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is working with IM Properties (IMP) on a new 2.94 million sq ft global aftermarket parts distribution centre in the M42 corridor.

Solihull-headquartered IMP has been hired by JLR to create the campus, which would serve 80 markets worldwide.

The facility – located at junction 11 of the M42 - is expected to create a "significant" number of jobs.

Proposals have been lodged with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) for five units at the site in Appleby Magna, which IMP acquired in 2016.

Kevin Ashfield, UK development director at IMP, said: "We have been in discussions with Jaguar Land Rover, North West Leicestershire District Council, Leicestershire County Council and local stakeholders for some time.

"There are very few sites in the UK which could deliver this scale of development in the right location for Jaguar Land Rover.

"We believe the proposed planning application puts forward a high-quality, sustainable scheme will have huge economic benefits for the local area and retain an important element of the Jaguar Land Rover business in the region."

If approved, JLR's distribution campus will sit within a wider development which will aim to boost the industrial and logistics markets in the M42 corridor. Work could start in the second quarter of 2020, with completion of the first unit scheduled for May 2021.

Full completion is expected in 2023. The application is to go before NWLDC's committee in September.
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Old August 21st, 2019, 11:25 AM   #2344
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Wolverhampton’s first phase of BP Chargemasters have been installed to encourage more electric vehicles in the city.

The first BP Chargemaster went live yesterday and is in full operation at Clifton Street car park in Chapel Ash.

Phase one of the project identified six key locations across the city for the new BP Chargemaster charging points to be installed.

Electric vehicles will benefit from 2 hours free parking when charging.

Cllr Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “The move towards electric vehicles will improve air quality, reduce noise on our roads and benefit public health.

“The new charging points will also inevitably attract more drivers to visit, live and work in Wolverhampton and will therefore benefit the local economy.”

The remaining charging points will be operational by the end of the month.

Now phase one is complete, the city council is working to identify further key locations to install additional charging points across the city.

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Aurrigo, the Coventry-based manufacturer of driverless pods, has secured orders worth more than £1.5m for its vehicles.

Deals with customers in Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore, USA and China have followed the successful trials of the pods in the UK and Australia.

Aurrigo has opened offices in Houston, USA, Ottawa, Canada and Adelaide, Australia as part of its global growth strategy.

This growth takes its annual sales up to £4.2m and, with a strong pipeline of future orders in place, the company is predicting a further £6m of contracts by the end of 2020.

David Keene, chief executive of Aurrigo, said: “Our Pod Zeros have been in development for several years and, thanks to trials with UK Autodrive, Blind Veterans UK and Elliot Gardens in Australia, we have been able to refine the autonomous technology on real world applications.

“This has helped us prove to potential customers across the globe that we offer a viable, safe and cost-effective solution for first and last-mile transport issues and our pods are now
in operation at universities, airports and innovation districts.”

There are currently 30 of the four-seater pods in operation around the world, and the company hopes to double the total next year.

Aurrigo is the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group, which has been providing advanced automotive technology design solutions to major vehicle OEMs since the mid-1990s.
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Old August 21st, 2019, 11:47 AM   #2346
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Aurrigo, the Coventry-based manufacturer of driverless pods, has secured orders worth more than £1.5m for its vehicles.

Deals with customers in Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore, USA and China have followed the successful trials of the pods in the UK and Australia.

Aurrigo has opened offices in Houston, USA, Ottawa, Canada and Adelaide, Australia as part of its global growth strategy.

This growth takes its annual sales up to £4.2m and, with a strong pipeline of future orders in place, the company is predicting a further £6m of contracts by the end of 2020.

David Keene, chief executive of Aurrigo, said: “Our Pod Zeros have been in development for several years and, thanks to trials with UK Autodrive, Blind Veterans UK and Elliot Gardens in Australia, we have been able to refine the autonomous technology on real world applications.

“This has helped us prove to potential customers across the globe that we offer a viable, safe and cost-effective solution for first and last-mile transport issues and our pods are now
in operation at universities, airports and innovation districts.”

There are currently 30 of the four-seater pods in operation around the world, and the company hopes to double the total next year.

Aurrigo is the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group, which has been providing advanced automotive technology design solutions to major vehicle OEMs since the mid-1990s.
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Old August 22nd, 2019, 11:20 PM   #2347
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Following the April opening of a 200-vehicle used car ‘centre of excellence’ in Erdington, Birmingham and the completion of the Stockport facility, LSH plans to start work on a retail facility in Solihull (above) in August, which will house the group’s new headquarters.

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Old August 24th, 2019, 11:17 AM   #2348
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the launch of the classic Mini, the Diamond Tour will run through Longbridge this Sunday from 9:45am, stopping outside Bourneville College before carrying on through to Shelsey Walsh in Worcester and finishing by driving the iconic Hillclimb.

If you’re a Mini fan, make sure you’re around to see hundreds of these beautiful classic vehicles arrive in the town centre
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Old August 28th, 2019, 11:30 PM   #2349
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Jaguar Land Rover is developing technology which will beam real-time safety information in front of the driver and allow passengers to stream 3D movies direct from their seats.

Engineers are working on a new 3D head-up display to project safety alerts, such as lane departure, hazard detection, sat nav directions, and to reduce the effect of poor visibility in poor weather or light conditions.

Augmented reality would add the perception of depth to the image by mapping the messages directly onto the road ahead.
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A British Touring Cars Championship team's plans to double its Worcestershire base have been given the green light.

Team Dynamics Motorsport has secured permission for create 21,527 sq ft of extra space at its headquarters at Unit 22, West Stone, on the Berry Hill Industrial Estate in Droitwich Spa.
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Old September 3rd, 2019, 08:32 PM   #2351
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JCB's sales jumped 22 per cent to £4.1bn during its latest financial year, the manufacturing giant has confirmed.

The Staffordshire-headquartered business added that it has achieved records for its turnover, machine sales and earnings for the year to 31 December 2018.

Total turnover rose from £3.35bn while machine sales increased from 75,693 to 96,246.

Earnings on an EBITDA basis rose by 31 per cent to £447m from £341m.

Chief executive Graeme Macdonald said: "2018 was a very strong year for JCB during which the global construction equipment market grew by 18 per cent to an all-time high of one million machines.

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Old September 10th, 2019, 02:45 PM   #2352
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The new Land Rover Defender is finally fully revealed!





It's sort of better than I expected and is just about reminiscent of the legendary original. But it just looks a bit plasticky and not very rugged, like it'd fall apart on the first rock it went over, or would simply float away in the first river it crossed. I do hope it's successful though and proves to be a decent vehicle for a range of needs.

Will this help us win any prospective future wars?
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Old September 11th, 2019, 07:22 AM   #2353
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As long as the alternator don't flood and there's a place to stick a snorkel, it'll do fine.

Will probably use Ford's EcoBoost engine too which mean third party cheap parts and service after warranty.
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Old September 11th, 2019, 10:02 AM   #2354
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I love the steel wheels on that ��
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Old September 11th, 2019, 10:19 AM   #2355
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I think it will sell well, which is vital to the whole region e.g. Land Rovers Special Vehicle Operations at Ryton, just outside of Coventry.

I think they have got the interior, side and rear profiles right, the front is so-so from certain angles and in certain colours. They need to re-position the Discovery 5 when they facelift it (probably due soon) or they will cannibalise sales.

There was also a glimpse of the rear of the new electric XJ revealed. No big surprises from the image (an XF shaped bootlid and light cluster consistent with recent models). I think the I-Pace and facelifted XE are stunning, so have every faith that the XJ will look great.

Jag is supposed to be releasing two small 4x4s on a BMW platform in the 2020's. I think Jag should consider an 4 Series/A5 rival as BMW have just revealed images of their latest 4 series (concept car, but the actual version will be very similar) and it looks so bad owing to its horrendously huge front grille, so BMW have left the door open to Jag to build a stunning coupe (based on the next XE perhaps) like the original 4 series was.

We just need the government to get their act together and work with industry to build an electric battery plant.
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..Will probably use Ford's EcoBoost engine too which mean third party cheap parts and service after warranty.
The new Defender is using JLR's own Ingenium engines.
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Old September 11th, 2019, 02:50 PM   #2357
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I do too. My biggest fear was that it was going to be promoted as yet another luxury Chelsea tractor so I'm pleased it's partly being promoted with a rather more basic appearance. The Defender should be a workhorse vehicle before anything else.

I've also since seen loads of photos of it being put to the test on rugged terrain.
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I'm seriously hoping there's a 130 commercial. (or at least a 110 if the load space is long enough).

Otherwise, as a one-time original Defender 90 owner, I'm still pretty impressed with it, it will certainly be on my list of new cars to look at next year!
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Old September 12th, 2019, 01:58 AM   #2359
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The new Defender is using JLR's own Ingenium engines.
Ooh yeh, you're right. I forgot the contract ended for those last year. I seem to remember the first batch of Discovery Sports having EcoBoost engines leaving Ingenium to be used in the XE.

Still, if anyone wants to grab an early Disco Sport. Ford engine bits will be quite cheap to grab (water pumps, coils, injectors etc.) and so easy to service.
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UK battery centre gets £18m boost
The West Midlands Combined Authority is to invest £18m in the UK's centre for battery development in Coventry - a key part of the development of electric vehicles.

The government awarded the Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) £80m in November 2017, with a further boost of £28m given in May of this year.


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Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said the centre would put the West Midlands at the "forefront of global battery research," as the automotive market moves away from petrol and diesel.

He also called on the government to continue backing plans for a gigafactory to "mass produce the batteries that UKBIC will scale up".

The facility is due for completion in March 2020 and will initially employ an estimated 100 people once fully operational

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