A selection of Britain’s car dealer bosses believe UK new car sales will hit 3 million units a year in 2017, a record that would leave the UK not far off Germany, which currently has Europe’s biggest new car market. Speaking at a dealer conference at last night's Autocar Awards, five key UK distributor bosses from Ford, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ssangyong and Volvo all predicted a significant growth in new car sales, with estimates ranging between 2.8 and 3m units per year. "We can certainly see a 3m unit market next year if the current growth rate continues," said Ford of Britain boss Andy Barratt. Barratt said Ford is already ‘geared up’ for 2.8m units this year – an increase of around 200k cars compared to 2015. "If it happened, we could take our share," Barrett added. Hyundai UK president Tony Whitehorn agreed, suggesting that: "the market will stretch up to 2.8 to 2.9m units this year". Whitehorn added: "There is obviously anxiety about Brexit, but … [Read more...] about UK car sales predicted to reach three million per year in 2017
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A Nissan electric sports car could be feasible by the turn of the decade, according to Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe. Speaking at the dynamic launch of the Nissan BladeGlider electric concept car, Dunsmore said that while it would be possible to produce an electric sports car now, the market has to be ready for it – and while it isn’t yet, by 2020 the demand for electric vehicles will be much higher. “It’s a gradual thing. Norway has now tipped to 20% EVs,” said Dunsmore. He also predicted policy change would push other European markets towards the same. “As we head towards 2020 you’ll see greater moves towards EVs. Governments are starting to support the move towards climate change objectives, and to get to that point needs a huge shift towards electric mobility.” In March this year, EVs in the UK accounted for around 6% of all new car sales. Dunsmore said although Nissan … [Read more...] about Nissan electric sports car could see production by 2020
A selection of Britain’s car dealer bosses believe UK new car sales will hit 3 million units a year in 2017, a record that would leave the UK not far off Germany, which currently has Europe’s biggest new car market. Speaking at a dealer conference at the Autocar UK Awards, five key UK distributor bosses from Ford, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ssangyong and Volvo all predicted a significant growth in new car sales, with estimates ranging between 2.8 million and 3 million units per year. "We can certainly see a 3m unit market next year if the current growth rate continues," said Ford of Britain boss Andy Barratt. He said Ford is already ‘geared up’ for 2.8 million units this year – an increase of around 200,000 cars compared to 2015. "If it happened, we could take our share," Barrett added. Hyundai UK president Tony Whitehorn agreed, suggesting that: "the market will stretch up to 2.8 to 2.9 million units this year. There is obviously anxiety about Brexit, but … [Read more...] about UK car sales to reach 3 million units in 2017
Only electrified cars and vans will be sold from new in the UK from 2040, the government has announced in a paper published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The move is part of a £2.7bn blueprint for tackling air pollution, and is consistent with the Government’s election manifesto. The ban won't affect cars with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains, but rather "conventional petrol and diesel cars". The paper also mentions further possible exemptions for combustion engine cars, once air quality levels improve to a satisfactory point. It says "Local authorities should bear in mind such access restrictions would only be necessary for a limited period and should be lifted once legal compliance is achieved and there is no risk of legal limits being breached again". A targeted scrappage scheme for older diesel vehicles is also being considered, but it won't be ratified until after a consultation period. What are the best electric cars on sale … [Read more...] about Hybrids exempt from Britain’s petrol and diesel car ban
Imagine GM CEO Rick Wagoner in his RenCen bunker in the middle of August. Reports from the front indicate his North American division faces a third straight month of lowered sales. As the architect of a turnaround plan with no publicly defined goals (including a return to profitability), Wagoner’s given himself plenty of wiggle room. But a bad August– in the face of production cutbacks and a rapidly declining market– would finally trigger Wall Street’s alarm clock. So what does he do? He cheats. In August, GM’s year-on-year sales rose by 6.1 percent. In the same period, Toyota’s sales declined by 2.8 percent. On the face of it, it’s a stunning result. The media and Wall Street’s reaction was both swift and positive. “Investors given hope after GM bucks downtrend” MSNBC proclaimed. On Tuesday, GM shares rose by $1.18 (3.8 percent). Clearly, Wagoner's wily ways worked: he dodged the bullet.Despite the obvious anomaly, … [Read more...] about General Motors Death Watch 145: The Truth About GM’s August Sales
That’s the annual Peach State tax on cars. So eliminating it’s a good thing, right? As someone who can’t find their way around a calculator, I depend on The Atlanta Journal Constitution to tell me if the proposed elimination of a yearly property tax on autos works is a good thing or a bad thing. Only I’ve read the article and I’m still not sure.Backers of a state House plan to ax the annual birthday tax on cars are confident most Georgians support what they’re doing.But the bill they passed Thursday, which replaces the current taxes on cars with a big one-time title fee, is getting mixed reviews. Gov. Sonny Perdue, who would have to sign any birthday tax legislation lawmakers approve, said Friday that parts of the plan appeared “convoluted.”“I’m still trying to digest the purposes of that, of how it all would work,” the governor said.Not to coin a phrase, no shit.Under the proposal, Georgians would continue … [Read more...] about Georgia Contemplates Ending “Birthday Tax” on Cars
If the Carbon Motors business model was so bad, how did the company last as long as it did? To paraphrase an especially sharp-tongued commentor from one of the many Carbon E7 threads I’ve followed on the web over the years, the company’s business plan seemed to revolve around borrowing money from the government to build cars that they would then sell exclusively to the government. Only the government would be dumb enough to fall for such a scheme and the government of Indiana apparently did.But did they do so out of malice or out of a desperate attempt to kick-start the economy in a depressed region of the state? Once known as “little Detroit,” Connersville was a Ford factory town up until the joint Ford/ Visteon plant closed in 2007. 890 jobs went directly down the drain and city leaders were left wondering what to do in response to keep the town afloat.Into the void stepped Carbon Motors, which was looking for a place to build its … [Read more...] about Cop Won’t Drive Cop Car Part 2: So, Hoosier Daddy, Carbon Motors?
The next time you stagger down to the sofa at some strange hour on Sunday to watch David Hobbs and crew interpret the TV feed of a Formula 1 race in some distant land, consider this: In a few years, that Ferrari on the TV screen being driven by Michael Schumacher or Rubens Barrichello could be yours. It has to be the supreme object of Formula 1 memorabilia-your very own Grand Prix Ferrari, one careful owner, definitely raced. And it doesn't stop there. Ferrari will remold the car to fit your shape, teach you to drive it, service and maintain it, and replace anything you knock off it while getting the hang of it. In fact, there is a department at Ferrari that exists purely to look after the Grand Prix cars of its customers. Most other Formula 1 teams can't even contemplate such a business enterprise because they don't make or own the engines they use. The exceptions are Renault and Toyota, although neither has offered an end-of-season race-car sale. But at Ferrari, … [Read more...] about Wanna Buy Schuey’s F1 Car?
Last year’s Super Bowl saw a decline in automotive advertising, with only nine scheduled for the Big Game. In hindsight, that doesn’t seem like a misstep. Given how 2015 shattered car-sales records, the automakers made out okay avoiding big-budget ads and expensive airtime. Of course, we car fans missed the extra dash of automotive goodness during the Super Bowl, and luckily for ad-lovers, this year is shaping up to be a bit different—nine spots already have been revealed in advance. There surely will be at least a few that surprise on game day, too, including expected spots from Chrysler and Buick. Here, we’ve gathered every single commercial for your enjoyment.Acura: “What He Said”If any car in recent memory deserves a relaunch, the 2017 Acura NSX is it. Years of similar-appearing concept cars and waiting made it easy to fall numb to the—very cool and quite slick-driving—production car that … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50: Watch Every Car Ad from the Big Game!
The possibility, or even the necessity, of turning General Motors’ Hamtramck, Michigan, passenger car assembly plant into an SUV/crossover facility in the next half-decade has the company considering the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse, and recently launched Cadillac CT6.According to a report in Reuters, General Motors is in talks with the United Auto Workers about replacing the increasingly unpopular products currently built in Hamtramck with in-demand utility vehicles. Also in question is the future of the Michigan-built Chevrolet Sonic and the Canada-built Cadillac XTS, which has enjoyed stays of execution in the past.On average, GM had a 111-day supply of the six models in its U.S. showrooms heading into July 2017. 70 days’ worth of supply would be appropriate. Combined, the Impala, Volt, LaCrosse, CT6, Sonic, and XTS account for 6 percent of GM’s U.S. sales in 2017.In 2008, the Impala, LaCrosse, and the Sonic’s … [Read more...] about GM Reportedly Considering Killing Off Six Cars by 2020: Three Chevrolets, Two Cadillacs, One Buick